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First Time Second Home Buyer - Advice
« on: April 05, 2021, 06:37:31 PM »
My plan to purchase a second home in Irvine with cash to house a relative and sublet the other rooms.

My previous agent was a relative who represented me but declined this time to work with me, because she's in LA area.

-Has anyone had experience with Redfin before?
-Has anyone had experiences (good or bad) with subleasing? I don't think subleasing is a thing in Irvine, but I do see a lot of single rooms available.
-Anything else to consider? My first home purchase was through the builder and I did use the in-house lender.

If these items are discussed in other threads, feel free to direct me there.

I can share my experiences here too going through the process, if people are interested.

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Re: First Time Second Home Buyer - Advice
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2021, 06:45:07 PM »
My plan to purchase a second home in Irvine with cash to house a relative and sublet the other rooms.

My previous agent was a relative who represented me but declined this time to work with me, because she's in LA area.

-Has anyone had experience with Redfin before?
-Has anyone had experiences (good or bad) with subleasing? I don't think subleasing is a thing in Irvine, but I do see a lot of single rooms available.
-Anything else to consider? My first home purchase was through the builder and I did use the in-house lender.

If these items are discussed in other threads, feel free to direct me there.

I can share my experiences here too going through the process, if people are interested.

You might have better cash flow in the IE.

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Re: First Time Second Home Buyer - Advice
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2021, 06:54:20 PM »
My plan to purchase a second home in Irvine with cash to house a relative and sublet the other rooms.

My previous agent was a relative who represented me but declined this time to work with me, because she's in LA area.

-Has anyone had experience with Redfin before?
-Has anyone had experiences (good or bad) with subleasing? I don't think subleasing is a thing in Irvine, but I do see a lot of single rooms available.
-Anything else to consider? My first home purchase was through the builder and I did use the in-house lender.

If these items are discussed in other threads, feel free to direct me there.

I can share my experiences here too going through the process, if people are interested.

You might have better cash flow in the IE.

Trying to keep relative closeby, that's the primary reason and some of that Irvine safeness.

When you say cash flow, you mean more properties are available there or more renters out there?

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Re: First Time Second Home Buyer - Advice
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2021, 08:19:25 PM »
He means rent received relative to purchase price or in other words cap rate is higher in IE compared to OC.

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Re: First Time Second Home Buyer - Advice
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2021, 08:45:32 PM »
Careful on subleasing.  It is not allowed in most HOAs.  You might get unlucky with a nosy neighbor or over zealous board member who will shut you down.

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Re: First Time Second Home Buyer - Advice
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2021, 09:20:46 PM »
There are realtors on here that provide will not only provide you a rebate that's more than Redfin will provide but are better more experienced agents.  ;)
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Re: First Time Second Home Buyer - Advice
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2021, 12:38:19 PM »
I've sublet before in Irvine but this was years ago.

Interview and select your tenants carefully. Even if it's take months. You're buying cash so you've got time. Picking the right tenants will save you a lot of headache. You shouldn't have problems given the demographic of Irvine. I opted for young professionals (ended up with girls). Ask them question to get a sense of how respectful they are, cleanliness, experience living with others, what are their pet-peeves, how they handle conflicts....etc. Have your relative present too so there are no surprises for anyone.

Always do background check, call their references and sign a contract.

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Re: First Time Second Home Buyer - Advice
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2021, 02:18:06 PM »
My plan to purchase a second home in Irvine with cash to house a relative and sublet the other rooms.

My previous agent was a relative who represented me but declined this time to work with me, because she's in LA area.

-Has anyone had experience with Redfin before?
-Has anyone had experiences (good or bad) with subleasing? I don't think subleasing is a thing in Irvine, but I do see a lot of single rooms available.
-Anything else to consider? My first home purchase was through the builder and I did use the in-house lender.

If these items are discussed in other threads, feel free to direct me there.

I can share my experiences here too going through the process, if people are interested.

Please share your experience, would love to learn. At what price point are you looking to buy?

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Re: First Time Second Home Buyer - Advice
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2021, 03:48:03 PM »
I've sublet before in Irvine but this was years ago.

Interview and select your tenants carefully. Even if it's take months. You're buying cash so you've got time. Picking the right tenants will save you a lot of headache. You shouldn't have problems given the demographic of Irvine. I opted for young professionals (ended up with girls). Ask them question to get a sense of how respectful they are, cleanliness, experience living with others, what are their pet-peeves, how they handle conflicts....etc. Have your relative present too so there are no surprises for anyone.

Always do background check, call their references and sign a contract.

Girls that are young, professional, respectful, clean, handle conflicts well, with no pet-peeve issues...interviewed by you and a relative?

Sounds like marriage material!  ;)

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Re: First Time Second Home Buyer - Advice
« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2021, 03:58:52 PM »
I've sublet before in Irvine but this was years ago.

Interview and select your tenants carefully. Even if it's take months. You're buying cash so you've got time. Picking the right tenants will save you a lot of headache. You shouldn't have problems given the demographic of Irvine. I opted for young professionals (ended up with girls). Ask them question to get a sense of how respectful they are, cleanliness, experience living with others, what are their pet-peeves, how they handle conflicts....etc. Have your relative present too so there are no surprises for anyone.

Always do background check, call their references and sign a contract.

Sounds like a lot a lot of work. But I guess it is possible.

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Re: First Time Second Home Buyer - Advice
« Reply #10 on: April 07, 2021, 08:42:35 PM »
I've sublet before in Irvine but this was years ago.

Interview and select your tenants carefully. Even if it's take months. You're buying cash so you've got time. Picking the right tenants will save you a lot of headache. You shouldn't have problems given the demographic of Irvine. I opted for young professionals (ended up with girls). Ask them question to get a sense of how respectful they are, cleanliness, experience living with others, what are their pet-peeves, how they handle conflicts....etc. Have your relative present too so there are no surprises for anyone.

Always do background check, call their references and sign a contract.

Girls that are young, professional, respectful, clean, handle conflicts well, with no pet-peeve issues...interviewed by you and a relative?

Sounds like marriage material!  ;)
sounds more like discrimination based on gender lol.

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Re: First Time Second Home Buyer - Advice
« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2021, 09:08:13 PM »
I've sublet before in Irvine but this was years ago.

Interview and select your tenants carefully. Even if it's take months. You're buying cash so you've got time. Picking the right tenants will save you a lot of headache. You shouldn't have problems given the demographic of Irvine. I opted for young professionals (ended up with girls). Ask them question to get a sense of how respectful they are, cleanliness, experience living with others, what are their pet-peeves, how they handle conflicts....etc. Have your relative present too so there are no surprises for anyone.

Always do background check, call their references and sign a contract.

Girls that are young, professional, respectful, clean, handle conflicts well, with no pet-peeve issues...interviewed by you and a relative?

Sounds like marriage material!  ;)
sounds more like discrimination based on gender lol.

sounds like a good way to end up on a list
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Re: First Time Second Home Buyer - Advice
« Reply #12 on: May 28, 2021, 05:52:24 PM »
My plan to purchase a second home in Irvine with cash to house a relative and sublet the other rooms.

My previous agent was a relative who represented me but declined this time to work with me, because she's in LA area.

-Has anyone had experience with Redfin before?
-Has anyone had experiences (good or bad) with subleasing? I don't think subleasing is a thing in Irvine, but I do see a lot of single rooms available.
-Anything else to consider? My first home purchase was through the builder and I did use the in-house lender.

If these items are discussed in other threads, feel free to direct me there.

I can share my experiences here too going through the process, if people are interested.

Please share your experience, would love to learn. At what price point are you looking to buy?


Haven't learned much since, I have been on vacation. I'm looking for 2/2 or 3/3, single level or where a bed/bath is on the first floor.

Joined the FB group on Irvine rentals available, there is daily activity and interest.

Open houses are making a comeback with the county starting to open up! The previous workaround was asking a friend with the same floorplan to see her home.


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Re: First Time Second Home Buyer - Advice
« Reply #13 on: June 07, 2021, 04:30:10 PM »
Giving an update and to share this journey with whoever is interested.

I have an agent as my realtor relative referred me to a former co-worker from the previous brokerage and I will be receiving the referral amount (25% of the commission) instead of my realtor relative. Won't have to deal with a 1099 form either.

After that was squared away, was ready to start an offer but the place was already under contract. I just saw the place less than 48 hours ago. Can't be too slow, not even for a modest 2bed/2bath place.

Suggested to offer 10-15% above list price.

I'm just looking for an extra place for the MIL. I'm starting to think of those condos with carports at this point... It's like would I rather rent a one bed apt or pay property tax, hoas, home insurance?

When will the price of construction materials like lumber go down?



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Re: First Time Second Home Buyer - Advice
« Reply #14 on: June 07, 2021, 08:16:31 PM »
An accurately priced home shouldn't really go 10% over asking even in this market. It would be more of the exception than the norm.

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