How to Get Started to Buy a Los Angeles Home


buy a Los Angeles homeAre you ready to buy a Los Angeles home?   Buying a home – if it is your first home, or you are moving into a new home – is an exciting time, and it can be scary.   Buying for a Los Angeles home involves several steps.

First, you probably have narrowed your search to a few select Los Angeles neighborhoods.  Then, here are four steps you can take to find your dream home:

1. Determine the type of home that best fits your budget and lifestyle.  You can read this article:  buying a house versus a condominium.  Choose the type of home that is the most appealing yet practical for you.  In addition to single family homes, condominiums or townhomes, there are multi-family homes. Multi-family homes (like a duplex or a triplex) are often good for home buyers because these rental properties can bring rental income to help with the mortgage payment.  You can live in one unit and rent out the others.

2. Consider your budget and finances.  It is very important to find the balance between your needs, wants and desires … and your budget.  Usually this involves a compromise.  Find a balance between your needs, wants, desires and budget.  We recommend making a priority list of what you absolutely must have in a home, what you would like to have, and what is not necessary.  For example, for some people a garage is a “must have.”  For others, a garage falls under the heading of “not necessary.”  This priority list will help establish your home search criteria.  If you are buying a home with another person, this is an important step in the home buying process to ensure harmony in your home search.

3.  It may be hard to remember all the houses you see while looking for a Los Angeles home to buy.  We recommend keeping notes on each property, with key words that will “trigger” your memory about each home.  Sometimes there is a brochure or flyer on the property with photographs and a description that will help you to remember that home and it’s amenities.

4. When you finally find your dream home, be prepared to make an offer.  To determine the price that you want to offer, review a history of sale statistics of similar properties in a similar location with your real estate agent.  Think about the Los Angeles homes you have seen during your home search and compare price, amenities and location.

Would you like to start looking at homes that are for sale in the Los Angeles area?  Use our Contact Form and we can help you find a home!

Here are recently listed Los Angeles homes for sale:

  1. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,664 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,102 sqft
    Year built: 1990
    Days on market: 1
  2. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 929 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.36 ac
    Year built: 1968
    Days on market: 1
  3. 4 beds, 6 baths
    Lot size: 6,671 sqft
    Year built: 0
    Days on market: 1
  4. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,001 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,803 sqft
    Year built: 1915
    Days on market: 1
  5. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,262 sq ft
    Lot size: 4.23 ac
    Year built: 1982
    Days on market: 1
  6. 9 beds, 11 baths
    Home size: 10,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 18,720 sqft
    Year built: 2013
    Days on market: 1
  7. 2 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,726 sq ft
    Lot size: 10.66 ac
    Year built: 1979
    Days on market: 1
  8. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,108 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,873 sqft
    Year built: 1947
    Days on market: 1
  9. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,816 sq ft
    Lot size: 14,699 sqft
    Year built: 2007
    Days on market: 1
  10. 0 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,510 sq ft
    Lot size: 22,500 sqft
    Year built: 1928
    Days on market: 1

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(all data current as of 7/19/2018)

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