We were asked yesterday by The Signal newspaper and Jana Atkins, why people relocate to the Santa Clarita Valley?
There are typically two areas where home buyers want us to focus. On the communities closest to freeway access for commuting purposes to the Greater Los Angeles areas and Santa Clarita schools.
However, in a dynamic market as Santa Clarita Is, we see there are certain sacrifices that will have to be made as it relates to price point versus proximity to the “finer things”.
When choosing an area to live in the Santa Clarita Valley, even it means spending millions of dollars, you need to do what we tell our clients to do before any money is spent.
When buying a home, after your offer is accepted, you will have to deposit money into escrow. This is called the Earnest Money Deposit or EMD. This money is going to be applied to various mechanisms related to your home purchase. Closing Costs, Down Payment, or if those items are satisfied, then you will have your deposit returned to you when escrow closes.
Your deposit is safe if you want to cancel, until you remove all of your contingencies. Your Loan Contingency, your inspection contingency, etc… Once you get your offer accepted, it’s time for you and yours to put boots on the ground.
Go and visit with the neighbors. Door knock the homes on either side, those across the street and those to the rear of the home you are buying. Don’t be shy and ask them what they think about the neighborhood after telling them which home you are in the process of purchasing.
Eventually, you will find the “chatty Kathy” of the neighborhood and she/he will tell you everything. Don’t ever assume the “chatty Kathy” is a female – it maybe a guy named Larry 🙂 (an old neighbor of ours and he knew everything that went on and who was responsible)
If money is of no object – then you can get HUGE, Newer and Nice in Westridge of Valencia.
You will see below, on the map, where Westridge CA is located. If you were to take it a step farther and click on the map you would see all of the real estate listings currently for sale in Westridge.