We needed to sell our house in Perris, California, and purchase a home in Texas, that was a balancing act. Working with several agents, we found no one that could fill our needs unless we did it ourselves. We are a retired married couple with specific requirements. We wanted over 1/2 acre for chickens and garden space, a home under 180k in a cozy rural town in Texas. To our surprise, all realtors sent us their apps to search, and the apps did not meet any of our criteria. It took much research to find detailed facts of homes and neighborhoods.
So we found our place after we moved to a Texas apartment as a temporary tenant. This is our story living in the country over 65 and thriving.