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How to Get Started to Buy a Los Angeles Home

ADDED ON November 15, 2016 0 COMMENTS

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. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,430 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,400 sqft
    Year built: 1920
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 0
    Walk Score®: 75
  2. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,012 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,595 sqft
    Year built: 1946
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 0
    Walk Score®: 69
  3. 2 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 1,709 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,496 sqft
    Year built: 1975
    Days on market: 0
    Walk Score®: 85
  4. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,368 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,375 sqft
    Year built: 2015
    Days on market: 0
    Walk Score®: 74
  5. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,720 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,921 sqft
    Year built: 1927
    Days on market: 0
    Walk Score®: 65
  6. 5 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,367 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,424 sqft
    Year built: 1897
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 0
    Walk Score®: 90
  7. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,250 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,244 sqft
    Year built: 1926
    Days on market: 0
    Walk Score®: 80
  8. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,199 sq ft
    Lot size: 27,521 sqft
    Year built: 1960
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 0
    Walk Score®: 44
  9. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,818 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,100 sqft
    Year built: 1940
    Days on market: 0
    Walk Score®: 79
  10. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,456 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,112 sqft
    Year built: 1921
    Days on market: 0
    Walk Score®: 84

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(all data current as of 4/29/2017)

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