is difficult enough without worrying about what questions to ask, or
what you should be aware of as a buyer. A qualified realtor is your
best line of defense against making an unfortunate purchase. You can
do your own reconnaissance too. Take note of the area. How does it
look and feel, to you? Can you imagine yourself living there? Look
online to find more about the neighborhood amenities, crime
statistics, and educational districts.
is a Must
you start looking at homes, get pre-approved for your home loan so
that you and your real estate agent can get a realistic picture of
the type of house you’ll be able to afford, and if all the bells
and whistles you want in it are within that price range. That will
vary depending on the neighborhood, square footage, if it’s a new
build or not, etc.
looking for a home, consider the surroundings and future resale
value. For example, what types of neighborhoods are most appealing to
you now, and how might that change in 10 or 15 years? Many buyers,
especially those with young families, appreciate being within a few
minutes drive of schools, libraries, shopping, parks, hospitals,
public transportation, or their workplace.
How will you know
if the area you’re looking in is safe? That’s something to speak
about with your realtor. You can also go to the LAPD’s website
If you have
school-age children, which neighborhood your new home is in can make
a huge difference. Los Angeles does give families some options,
including a lottery, but nothing is guaranteed. Again, your realtor
will be on top of this, but if you want to gather information for
yourself, check out the
Schools section of
the LAUSD site or go School
you’re looking for a private school, try Niche.com.
You might also speak with neighbors or friends with children who live
Points of Consideration
In addition to neighborhood amenities,
crime statistics, and schools, you might consider the following tips
before you make a purchase:
• Cruise around the neighborhood, and
specifically the street the home you are interested in is on. Stop by
at different times of the day and on weekends.
• Spend some time at the local park or
walk the neighborhood and get a feel for the environment.
• Are the neighbors friendly? Do they
have pets? Are they hoarders? Believe me, you’ll want to know
before moving in.
Finding just the right home in Valley
Glen will go much faster with an expert real estate agent at your