The real estate market is still depressed and this has created a buyers market where you can find some really good bargains. The first question is how are you intending to pay for the home ? Most of us do not have the means to buy a house outright so you need to get a mortgage line up. If you do not have a mortgage professional in mind you can use home loan in Northridge as a search term on the major search engines. This is going to show you all of the local firms that can help you with getting the loan set up. You should look at your credit situation prior to speaking with any of these home loan experts since the major lenders base their lending decisions on your credit score more than any other factor.