Our return to Israel at the end of 2019 caught us off guard. This was true even though we knew all along that Israel is our home and that we will eventually return.
As soon as the decision was made and in spite of the emotional difficulties, my partner and I found ourselves in a race to complete the necessary steps on the way back home. First and foremost, deciding where we want to live!
We understood that we are not interested in returning to the house we owned in Israel. The family was more mature and we felt our old place was not a perfect fit for our teenagers. We decided we do not want to rent for a year once we come back and move the family one more time. Hence, it was clear that we would try to sell our old house and buy a new one in a different location.
There is no shortage of online real-estate ads. However, working with a realtor from afar is a real challenge. We had a dedicated relative that visited many potential assets on our behalf. This is a privilege that is not shared by many returning families. Moreover, the time zone difference is also a problem. Many realtors are not willing to work with clients that do not have a local POC.