Are You Ready For Home Ownership?

Owning a home may be your dream, but in order for the purchase to be the happy and satisfying experience it was meant to be, you need to ensure that you are financially and mentally prepared for the responsibilities that come with it.

Some people have a notion that homeownership is like renting, but with the power to have pets and paint the walls whatever color you like. However, while these privileges are available to homeowners in most municipalities, they come with the responsibilities of a mortgage, taxes, and home maintenance. Preparing for home ownership requires you to take critical stock of your finances and your expectations.

Questions for Prospective Homeowners

Are you ready to buy?

Owning your own home is about more than just being able to decorate any way you like; it's about being prepared to maintain your home over the years, realizing that part of your income and time will go towards repairs and maintenance. It's about being willing to take the risks of homeownership with a realistic expectation of the rewards.

How much can you afford?

It can be discouraging to find that your salary won't stretch as far as the home you want to own. However, sacrificing a huge part of your income just to pay the mortgage can very quickly make homeownership a burden rather than a point of pride. It's better to buy a modest home now and look at purchasing your "dream home" in a few years.

What is your debt-to-income ratio?

This is something that lenders take very seriously. Your overall debt should not be more than 40% of your income, and your housing debt should not be more than 32%.

What do you want?

Do you like the idea of cleaning your own gutters? Do you shudder at the thought of lawn care? Would you rather just pay a fee every month and have everything done for you? Would obeying rules about when you can have your garbage cans out bother you, or do you want to live in a neighborhood where everything is 'just so'? The answers to these questions can help you narrow down the search for the right type of property for you.

We Can Help

You need a good agent who will work hard for you. The IET Real Estate team is dedicated to helping you find the right home, at the best price. We want you to find a home that will make you happy and successful in real estate ownership.

When you hire us to help you buy your first home, we want to know what you want and how much you can afford. Then we'll find a way to merge these two priorities and find a residence that you'll enjoy owning.

Keep your objectives in mind when visiting a home. Sometimes the idea of owning a home can overwhelm your practical sense, so keep your feelings in check. Keep a list handy of the features that you need and want in a home, and judge each home by the list instead of by details that could distract you from your goal. When you're alone with your agent, you can go over the pros and cons of each home. We can help you stay on track while still keeping our eyes out for a great property.

Engage the services of a good real estate lawyer. We can recommend several lawyers in the area who might be a good fit for you. Interview them to ensure that you get someone you can work with. The legalities of transferring land ownership can be dodgy, and a lawyer can be your best defense against future legal troubles. A good lawyer can charge several hundred to over a thousand dollars for their services, but the thousands of dollars saved in legal fees later on makes this a good expense.

Make the offer. This can be a maze of "buyer", "seller", "chattels", "deposit", and "completion". We'll be happy to prepare the paperwork and go through it with you before submitting it. Remember, the seller may reject or counter your offer, so even at this late date, avoid setting your heart on the home you hope to own. You'll probably have to write a deposit check to the seller's broker that proves the seriousness of your offer.

Get all necessary inspections done. A home inspector will check for signs of harmful materials like asbestos, lead paint, and mold. They'll also check for evidence of pests, faulty wiring, and leaks. This is a crucial part of the home purchase. Not getting an inspection done means that you could be stuck in a home with a bad case of black mold and no recourse other than to pay for its removal. Inspections will cost a few hundred dollars, but again, this is more than worth it in the end. There are several inspectors in the area that we'd be happy to recommend.

Do a final walkthrough before closing the deal. We'd be happy to do this with you to make sure that everything agreed upon is completed prior to the final signing.

From the first interview that determines your requirements to the moment that you receive the keys, we can help you with the complicated process of buying a home. Don't hesitate to contact us to find out more about how we can make the home buying process easier!

Contact us here or give us a call at (323) 412-9060 for more information about first-time home purchasing in the East Hollywood area and beyond.

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508 Kingsley Drive, Los Angeles

$1,190,000

508 Kingsley Drive, Los Angeles

2 Beds 2 Baths 0 SqFt Residential Income MLS® # PW24039449

Paul Vieyra Redfin Corporation

New
923 Ardmore Avenue, Los Angeles

$1,800,000

923 Ardmore Avenue, Los Angeles

7 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt Residential Income MLS® # OC24038619

Baby Hu JC Pacific Capital Inc.

New
810 Hobart Boulevard, Los Angeles

$1,395,000

810 Hobart Boulevard, Los Angeles

5 Beds 5 Baths 3,020 SqFt Residential Income MLS® # 24361991

Aram Yeghiayan Los Angeles Realty Company, Inc.

1001 Mariposa Avenue, Los Angeles

$925,000

1001 Mariposa Avenue, Los Angeles

5 Beds 3 Baths 1,723 SqFt Residential Income MLS® # 24359714

Taylor Avakian TAYVAY Corporation

1000 Oxford Avenue, Los Angeles

$1,575,000

1000 Oxford Avenue, Los Angeles

3 Beds 3 Baths 5,350 SqFt Residential Income MLS® # 24360141

Nicole Apostolos Equity Union

New
800 Hobart Boulevard, Los Angeles

$1,650,000

↓ $50,000

800 Hobart Boulevard, Los Angeles

4 Beds 3 Baths 2,142 SqFt Residential Income MLS® # 24360991

John Ha MUTOOF®

New
800 Hobart Boulevard, Los Angeles

$1,650,000

↓ $50,000

800 Hobart Boulevard, Los Angeles

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt Commercial Sale MLS® # 24360993

John Ha MUTOOF®

1392 Serrano Avenue, Los Angeles

$690,000

1392 Serrano Avenue, Los Angeles

1 Bed 1 Bath 752 SqFt Residential MLS® # 24359927

Atsuko Kimoto Sotheby's International Realty

312 Virgil Avenue, Los Angeles

$899,000

312 Virgil Avenue, Los Angeles

4 Beds 2 Baths 1,286 SqFt Residential MLS® # PF23216789

Steve Aranda Altadena Real Estate Company

1033 N Oxford Avenue, Hollywood

$1,325,000

1033 N Oxford Avenue, Hollywood

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,602 SqFt Residential MLS® # SW24016600

Michael Onyemaobi Abundance Real Estate

1324 Kenmore Avenue, Los Angeles

$1,350,000

1324 Kenmore Avenue, Los Angeles

4 Beds 2 Baths 1,814 SqFt Residential MLS® # GD24027910

Rafael Gevorkian JohnHart Real Estate

317 Commonwealth Avenue, Los Angeles

$1,395,000

317 Commonwealth Avenue, Los Angeles

5 Beds 4 Baths 1,722 SqFt Residential Income MLS® # 24356187

Will Tiao The Collective Realty

4214 Rosewood Avenue, Los Angeles

$1,800,000

4214 Rosewood Avenue, Los Angeles

10 Beds 4 Baths 0 SqFt Residential Income MLS® # DW24028112

Mauricio Barajas Century 21 Peak

332 Alexandria Avenue, Los Angeles

$3,695,000

332 Alexandria Avenue, Los Angeles

15 Beds 14 Baths 7,800 SqFt Residential Income MLS® # 24351144

Eliza Kerndian Keller Williams Realty Westside

4115 Normal Avenue, Los Angeles

$5,400,000

4115 Normal Avenue, Los Angeles

4 Beds 3 Baths 13,956 SqFt Residential Income MLS® # 24355999

Matthew Ziegler Marcus & Millichap

639 Juanita Avenue, Los Angeles

$3,800,000

639 Juanita Avenue, Los Angeles

4 Beds 4 Baths 8,340 SqFt Residential Income MLS® # 24355985

Matthew Ziegler Marcus & Millichap

5301 Sunset Boulevard # 10, Los Angeles

$189,999

5301 Sunset Boulevard # 10, Los Angeles

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt Business Opportunity MLS® # SR24025162

Artur Aleksanyan Landon Realty Group

1149 ½ New Hampshire Avenue, Los Angeles

$695,000

1149 ½ New Hampshire Avenue, Los Angeles

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,090 SqFt Residential MLS® # 24353763

Kevin Kelly Sotheby's International Realty

4419 Burns Avenue, Los Angeles

$1,395,000

4419 Burns Avenue, Los Angeles

5 Beds 5 Baths 4,698 SqFt Residential Income MLS® # 24352939

Grant Linscott Keller Williams Realty Los Feliz

4871 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles

$375,000

4871 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt Business Opportunity MLS® # 24351669

Tadeh Minassian Signature Fine Estates, Inc.