It’s no secret that I have been dreaming of buying a home for a while. Remember this post about itchy feet from 2013? Well, I think that 2015 is gonna be the year I make it happen. Between my home and the studio I pay over $5000 per month in rent alone. Saying that out loud (or typing it) totally trips me out, especially since in our family Jason takes care of Ida full time and I’m the primary earner. It’s time for us to buy a house and in Los Angeles it’s not going to be a piece of cake, but I am really determined. I want to own property so I can feel more secure, so I can make it totally amazing and jungalicious and so that I can feel confident that we will have something concrete to pass on to Ida.
I’m almost finished filing my 2014 taxes early so that we can try again to get pre-approved for a loan (…we’ve been denied three times over the past five years). I know this is going to be a long journey and I hoping it’s one that you all will be excited to embark on with us because I’m partnering with the online real-estate site, Trulia to document our entire journey of becoming first-time home owners.
Even though we still haven’t received are pre-approval, and don’t know exactly what we can afford quite yet, Jason and I have started our search. Trulia has a new tool that facilitates this process. It’s kinda like Pinterest where you create different boards and add your favorite homes to them. Unlike Pinterest, Trulia’s boards are private so you don’t have to worry about other people trolling your favorite properties, but you can share the boards with your spouse (or whoever you want) so that you can be on the same page about the search–Jason and I are sharing all of our boards.
I’ve just started my first boards and begun to add to them…So far my boards are “Jungalow Dreams” — which are homes that I absolutely love but my be a bit of a reach on the budget spectrum, like this one, , “A Jungalow Deal” which are homes that might not be perfect (not the best school district, next to a freeway, a little small, no yard…) but the price is right, like this one, and “This Jungalow’s Been Flipped” for homes that have already been redone by a flipper and may not be exactly to our taste but is certainly not a fixer, like this home.
As time goes on, I’m sure we will have way more boards for say, different locations (we’ve been considering Highland Park, West Adams, and Altadena as options, for example). We also will probably have a board for homes in school districts that we love etc. etc. It will be interesting to see how our ideas of our dream home morph as the search becomes more real. And for now, I’m gonna leave you with the link to the home pictured above which is designed by Lloyd Wright (Frank lloyd Wright’s son) that I didn’t even add to my Jungalow Dreams board because it is about 4 million dollars over our budget…but hot damn, ain’t she purdy? Can we talk about the pool/bougainvillea situation for a minute??!
And some more fun stuff before signing off for the day, if you wanna check the compatibility for two people living together…take Trulia’s Buyer’s Diggs test (a light-hearted take on the Myers-Briggs.) Also, enter to win Trulia’s $25,000 giveaway. One randomly selected person who creates a board between now and 4/30 will win some serious cash and credit to One Kings Lane.
This post was created in partnership with Trulia. Holla.