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Randy's Story: Room for a Home (Plus Expenses)

Reynide Dubreus | 8 Nov 2021

When Randy Bautista thought about homeownership, he feared having a huge mortgage that left little for any other expenses.

But when a friend told him about Landed, he reconsidered. With our down payment program, he could lower his costs, which allowed him to both afford a mortgage and keep savings for future home expenses.

“Honestly, I wasn’t looking to buy,” said Randy, who is an institutional research analyst at the University of California, Irvine. “But then it became a possibility, and it just kind of snowballed from there.”

I think part of it was me finally asking myself, as a renter, 'Why should I keep paying for someone else’s mortgage?'

When it came to home shopping, the most important thing to Randy was location. He 100% wanted to be in Long Beach.


Randy sits comfortably in his new living room.

“I really wanted to be in a city that I felt comfortable in and that was in line with my personality, and that’s what Long Beach is to me,” he said. “I love the city, especially how walkable it is.”

Soon enough, he was shopping for homes with his real estate agent and working through a list of homes to see. It was the last one on the list that seemed just right.

“I just knew it when I saw it,” he said of the two-bedroom, two-bath condo with an updated kitchen, cathedral ceilings, walk-in closet, and a balcony that overlooks a quiet, tree-lined street. “I put an offer in right away.”

Now in his new home, he’s finding himself to be more of a homebody, and enjoying making small updates (like painting) and planning bigger ones (new flooring).


Randy seated at his new home's dining table.

“I’m just really enjoying making it my own,” he said. “I never want to leave home now. I just love being in the space, and having people over.”

And he’s already recommended Landed to a co-worker and is eager to say more...

“It’s been such a pleasure working with Landed,” he said. “Everybody was really responsive. If I had any questions they were answered quickly. They did everything, in terms of keeping me updated.”

He’s glad he learned that homeownership was an affordable option, thanks to partnering with Landed on a down payment.

“It was just so out of reach for me, especially in California, until I heard about Landed,” he said. “I’m very grateful.”


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About the Author

Reynide Dubreus

Reynide is a Seattle resident who enjoys tacos, nature, and traveling. Feedback is a passion of hers, and so is amplifying customer voices through content pieces. She joins Landed as a product marketer with experience in philanthropy, healthcare, and local government.

Looking for Landed's down payment program? Due to a temporary unavailability of DPP investment funds, all Landed metro areas are being put on a DPP waitlist effective September 8, 2022. You can read all the details (including FAQs) here if you would like to know more.