I'm moving my elderly parents to the L.A. area, from Chicago.

Asked by Gae Feher, Los Angeles, CA Mon Mar 9, 2009

I would like to find a nice home that I could share with them. Ideally it would have at least 3 bedrooms, and at least 2 bathrooms. Ideally, it would have a pool and yard. I want to keep the price down as low as possible, but could go as high as $2100, if necessary. I prefer to lease to own a house, or buy a house with little or no down payment. The areas that are most desirable to me are: Glendale, Atwater, Silver Lake, Montrose, La Crescenta, Burbank, Toluca Lake. I wanted to know who or where to start.....

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Deborah Brem…, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Fri Mar 19, 2010
Hi Gae;
I think it would be a great idea to start with a mortgage broker, who can talk about the financing options available to you. Then, consider a resource like Listingbook .
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This will get you ready to select the right home for you and your parents. Hope this helps!
Deborah Bremner
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., , 92705
Fri Mar 19, 2010
Hi Gae

It truly is a pleasure to work with buyers who know exactly what they want.
I would suggest starting with the following:

1) The first step would be to get pre-qualified with a lender
I can recommend 4 lenders my office uses

2) Contact a reliable real estate agent/broker.
If you would like I can generate a list of homes in the areas you mentioned above. I also have contacts who sell properties on a lease to own basis

I really look forward to working with you

Monica Hernandez - REALTOR(R), SFR
Century 21 Amber Realty
23705 Crenshaw Blvd Suite 100
Torrance, CA 90505
dre lic 01239118
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Jeri Creson, Agent, Studio City, CA
Wed Mar 17, 2010
Hi Gae, at the risk of saying something terribly unpopular with some of my fellow agents...unless you have previous experience living in areas of LA - I would consider renting for a year before jumping in to our market. The areas you mention are clustered in one basic geographic region, however, a few are worlds apart in terms of living, community and style. Los Angeles is comprised of many different kinds of neighborhoods and areas that cater to different kinds of people with very distinct life styles. Where you live is where you find your daily happiness, and in the bigger picture, that's all that really matters isn't it? What we do with today?

We have a local service called : westsiderentals.com. It's an exceptional resource for shopping neighborhoods for renting, with a "MLS-like" picture and mapping feature. It costs $60 for 2 months. You'll get a very good picture of what your $2100 will purchase in terms of rent, and you'll get the chance to explore the area before getting locked in to a home in a market where it may be 3-5 years or more before you'll be able to recoup your closing costs and trade homes.

Good luck - and welcome to California!
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April Kass, Agent, Pasadena, CA
Thu Mar 26, 2009
Hi Gae!

How are you? Let me know when you're ready to get the inspection done. We'll make sure that you know what you're buying. Have you had any luck so far?
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Alexandra Pa…, Agent, Montebello, CA
Mon Mar 9, 2009
First of all, if you are a first time buyer take advantage of the FHA financing, which lets you become a home owner with as little as 3.5% down payment. The first step I would advise you to take would be to get pre-qualified by a reliable lender. Here is the contact information for one that I use Al Rivera (562) 587-5284 or you can visit his website at http://www.altheloanguy.com

Secondly you need to find a realtor that can help you with the whole process of buying a home. I can provide you with access to the mls for buyers so you can see what is on the market for the areas you are interested in. Send me an email alexandrasellshomes@yahoo.com and I will gladly set you up for free.

If you have any further questions feel free to ask.
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