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30: How to Purchase A Home (WITHOUT Trading Your Firstborn!)

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Ready to buy your first home but don't know where to start? Ever heard the words' appraisal' or 'loan contingencies' and felt like you were trying to interpret a foreign language?! Same, babe, same!

Today in our Beginner's Guide to Buying Your First Home, Zuri sits down with our expert real estate panel for this incredible dive DEEP into the homebuying process. The experts share all the tips you NEED to know before you sign for those keys!


Zuri is joined by Heather Roy & Learka Bosnak (the Award Winning realtors who helped Z buy her first house in Los Angeles!) and Destiny Roxas, an expert loan officer + San Diego real estate agent.

Grab your pen and paper cuz the experts are taking us back to school! Z and our experts explain what interest rates are (and why they're important!), what to look for when shopping for a house, and they also explain what the heck escrow is!

Our expert panel also gives Zuri the low-down on how to make a strong competitive offer, the importance of a needs vs. wants list, and explain why millennials are hopping on the trend of buying your house sight unseen!!

Our homeownership guide is the ultimate crash course for those considering buying a house (without breaking the bank), for those starting the process, and for everyone feeling a little (A LOT) overwhelmed! We got you covered, babe!

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Heather Roy & Learka Bosnak are Business partners, real estate experts, and best friends. Award-winning, list-making, top-producing agents at Douglas Elliman in Beverly Hills, Heather & Learka work with clients on their real estate dreams in L.A., across the country, and around the world. They love working together and they love what they do.

Connect with Heather & Learka: Instagram | Website

Destiny Roxas is an expert real estate agent with the Fredy Garcia Group at Compass in San Diego. With over 7 years of industry experience, as a Loan Officer, Loan Processor, and Notary Public. Destiny is passionate about guiding her clients through the process of financing a home and learning how to effectively market and sell their homes. Destiny is also the founder of Greater Good San Diego, a community organization dedicated to supporting and uplifting other community-based movements.

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We welcome multi-cultural, inclusive individuals who identify as female/femme/women, non-binary, trans, genderqueer, agender, or any combination of the above! – who appreciate sharing & celebrating one another experiences and learning about others’ stories + POVs (especially BIPOC + Queer).

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We can't wait for you to start sharing your stories, not just with one another, but also with Z! Remember, this is a safe space, so no topic is off-limits. We just want us to have FUN! We want this space to feel like a long-distance brunch. Y'know? So grab a drink, a snack, pull up a chair, and let's all virtually hang!

Recent episodes: if ya feel like bingeing!

ICYMI: Listen to Episode 29: Homeownership 101

ICYMI: Listen to Episode 28: It’s Time to Fix Your Bad Credit

ICYMI: Listen to Episode 25: Insecures' Yvonne Orji on Why You Should Always Bet on Yourself

ICYMI: Listen to Episode 21.5: I Bought a House (Bonus Episode)

ICYMI: Listen to Episode 12: The Best Sex Ever Episode (What You’ve Been to Shy to Ask!!)

Go back to the beginning --- ICYMI: Listen to Episode 1: How to Be Happy


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If you loved this podcast episode, you’ll also love our first episode in our Protect Your Peace Series: Episode #1: How To Be Happy

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Zuri Hall is an Emmy award-winning TV host (Access Hollywood, American Ninja Warrior) and is the executive producer & host of this millennial-focused podcast that will empower women to avoid “best life burnout” through candid conversation, expert panel discussions, and real-life, human interest stories from everyday women.

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