First-Time Home Buyer Resource

Buying your first home can be very rewarding. But it can also be a source of anxiety for those new to the process. Here at the Acosta Group we understand that many new buyers need professional guidance to get the buying process started, help finding a great property, and expertise to successfully close escrow without unnecessary distress. We believe that getting educated on the market and working with a trusted team of professionals is the key to your success. This section of our website is focused on providing valuable information to those buying their first home. If you have any specific questions not covered here, please contact us directly.

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NEW LISTING! 5703 RANCHITO AVENUE, VALLEY GLEN CA 91401

by Mario Acosta February 26, 2016 Buyers

5703 Ranchito Avenue, Valley Glen CA 91401

3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 1472 square feet with Pool — Click Here for Virtual Tour:   www.5703Ranchito.com

A great Valley Glen neighborhood, a pretty tree lined street, and an incredibly charming 3 bdrm 3 bath traditional home. What could be sweeter? Light and bright, the open floorplan welcomes you with beautiful …

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New Listing! Perfect Move In Condition!

by Mario Acosta January 19, 2016 Buyers

18120 Sundowner Way #1123, Canyon Country 91387 

List Price $237,500

Perfect Move In Condition! Beautiful Corner Unit Offering Excellent Privacy.

This light and bright 3 bedroom and 2 bath townhouse features a great open kitchen with refinished cabinets, new kitchen sink, fresh paint, newer dishwasher and new microwave. The good sized master bedroom with a private bathroom also …

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NEW LISTING! 5972 Vesper Avenue, Sherman Oaks CA 91411

by Mario Acosta November 16, 2015 First-Time Home Buyers

For a Full Tour Click:  https://youtu.be/EdTQZujLaSs

5972 Vesper Avenue, Sherman Oaks CA 91411  –   List Price $839,000

COVETED KESTER AVE SCHOOL DISTRICT! 4 BR + 3 BA + 2100 SQFT & OVERSIZED LOT

Not your typical Valley house!  This 1 story Traditional home is spacious and has …

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First-Time Home Buyer’s Guide to Making an Offer

by Mario Acosta August 25, 2015 Buyers

You’ve mastered the search process and know all the questions to ask at an open house. Now make sure you’re really ready to make your first offer.

After months, maybe even years, of looking at homes online, going to open houses and stalking listing data, the time has come. You’ve fallen for a home, and you’re ready to make …

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Real Estate Advice: 6 Condo Inspection Red Flags To Watch Out For

by Mario Acosta August 18, 2015 Buyers

Aside from condo association fees, shared walls, and elevators, there’s another thing that separates an apartment from a home – the inspection.

“Purchasing a condo versus a single-family home definitely creates some different items to address,” says real estate agent Ryan Willis of Boxwood Realty.

There are several condo inspections that are much different from a home …

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NEW LISTING: 10233 De Soto Avenue Unit H, Chatsworth,CA 91311

by Mario Acosta July 16, 2015 Buyers

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10233 De Soto Avenue Unit H, Chatsworth

Upgraded 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condo and best value in the area!  This top-floor end unit offers controlled and gated access to a well-maintained building.  Unit features newer ceramic tile floors and vaulted ceiling in living room, view of hills from private balcony off …

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How much house can you afford?

by Mario Acosta July 9, 2015 Buyers

Methodology

Use this calculator http://tinyurl.com/calculatenow

To arrive at an “affordable” home price, we followed the guidelines of most lenders. In general, that means your total debt payments should be no more than 36% of your gross income.

Once you enter your monthly debt (including credit cards, student loan and car payments), we come up with a maximum monthly …

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NEW LISTING! Penthouse condo with Dual Master Suites

by Mario Acosta May 29, 2015 Buyers

14144 Dickens Street, #315 – Sherman Oaks 91423   $450,000

For a full tour click here: www.14144DickensUnit315.com

Amazing Penthouse condo in prime South of Blvd location surrounded by multi-million dollar homes!This is one of the best units in the building with walls of glass opening to a rare private balcony with south facing treetop views.  This special property …

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Decorating Hacks: Genius Makeovers You Can do In A Day

by Mario Acosta April 28, 2015 Buyers

Paint an Inexpensive Piece of Furniture White

This Kansas City house’s dining room, a former loggia, is “light, bright, and airy,” homeowner and designer Zim Loy says. “I accomplished that with lots of white paint.” She bought a beat-up old $60 table at an estate sale and gave it a fresh new look by the painting …

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How to Structure Gift Dollars for (future) Home buyers!

by Mario Acosta April 21, 2015 Buyers

It is common for many buyers to receive gift funds from a family member(s). All of which begs the question how to avoid the dreaded Gift Tax. How that gift is structured can be a sensitive family issue. In order to avoid paying that tax…it’s important to structure the transaction properly BOTH ON  A PERSONAL …

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