I’ve always rented my homes, which is not uncommon for southern California residents. With median home prices upwards of $550,000, it’s a significant investment, especially for my husband and I considering we are both self-employed.
That’s not to say that I haven’t spent my time window shopping for the perfect home to raise Fox in. I won’t deny getting lost in browsing listings throughout our lovely new area in Los Angeles, imagining a near future in which we are preparing to make an offer and decide on the pros and cons of each home to officially call our own.
One thing that I am not looking forward to is making sure I’m getting the best deal, analyzing rebates, loan types, closing costs, agent fees, etc. Luckily, we live in a time where shooting in the dark and hoping you get a good deal or agent is a thing of the past. While most online home finding services will select an agent for you to get you in and out the door, I’ve found UpNest, a revolutionary service that allows you to put in your criteria and puts you in the driver seat to purchasing or selling your home.
Gone are the days of murky jargon and confusing terms. With UpNest, I will be able to know exactly what I’m paying my agent, review commission rates between agents in my neighborhood, and analyze available rebates and savings. Best of all, since we’re still not quite in the position to purchase our dream home, my husband and I are able to use the free service with complete privacy, so no annoying calls or harassing emails about taking the next step. We get to choose that for ourselves.
2017 is a big year for us moving forward. Our little boy just turned two, we have amazing opportunities ahead of us, and our dream of owning our own home in an area we love is on the horizon. With so many variables in play between where we are now and where we want to be by the end of this year, one thing is certainly sure, when we are ready to take that step, my first stop will be over at UpNest to make sure we’re in the driver’s seat when it comes to the biggest financial decision of our lives.
If you are looking to buy or sell a home, be sure to take a look at UpNest’s free service. Not only will you be better informed, but you could save yourself thousands.