If you are looking to buy a home, you should have gotten pre-approved for a home loan, or have cash. Either way, you will want to find out what your affordability is then start your search.
If you are approved for $500,000.00, you may look at the numbers - the HOA fee's, the cost of monthly maintenance, the insurance, potential Mello Roos (extra taxes), you may decide that the payment on a $500,000.00 loan is not comfortable for you, even though you were approved by a reputable lender for that amount.
Knowing the costs of the home is great. But there are other things to be concerned with. I walk my home buyers through all of these and we decide what the proper price range should be and what those homes are that correlate properly.
Various cities have similar housing types, with differences on proximity to "things", freeways, restaurants, malls, paseos, schools, commute ability and _______________.
Also, cities have varying types of "lot sizes", "privacy positioning", "property zoning types - horses, agricultural and others" and more.
If a home buyer is looking for a ranch-style property that allows horses and livestock, Acton and Agua Dulce, plus Newhall, and Canyon Country may be good starting points.
If someone wants to be close to a blue ribbon elementary school plus within walking distance to a shopping center - Northbridge and Bridgeport in Valencia are stellar.
How about if someone does not want to be on top of their neighbor and have a traditional 7k or more rectangular lot size? Canyon Country, Newhall, and Saugus can be started with first.
If someone commutes daily to Los Angeles wants to be closest to the freeway and to Los Angeles, Stevenson Ranch and Newhall would be great starting points.
These are preliminary considerations if you are wanting to buy Santa Clarita real estate. There are many more things to discuss that will benefit you as a Santa Clarita home buyer.
I'm Connor, let me know when you are ready and I'll make sure I'm here for you.