Azeez Abiodun is an internist who initially performed his studies in his native Nigeria. As he became a bit older, he realized that America is where he wanted to be and so he packed up his belongings and his family and moved to the nation’s capital in Washington, DC.
It is there that Azeez got the additional training he was hungry for. Together with his family, he embraced life in the United States and quickly was making progress through his education.
When he graduated college and became a practicing physician, the time came bo buy a house. After much shopping, he and his wife settled on a bungalow in Maryland, close enough to where his office was located that his commute would not be too long.
Azeez now works at Doctors Community Hospital in Greenbelt, but recently sat down with us to answer a few questions about the purchase of his first home.
In what city/state was your first house located and approximately what year did you buy it?
My first house was located in Hanover, Maryland. We spent about a year looking, but nothing felt right until we saw this house. We purchased it in 2005.
What was your living situation prior to buying your first house? Where/with whom/etc?
Before we made the decision to buy, my wife and I rented a small apartment together.
What motivated you to purchase your first house?
My family was getting bigger with more kids and we needed more space. The apartment was no longer big enough!
How did you go about getting the money together to buy it?
We saved money while working and schooling. It took us a while and after 3 years, we had saved enough. It is hard work trying to save money while not working and going to school, but we were able to do it thanks to student loans, my internship and wife working part-time.
When you purchased, were you thinking of it as an investment or as a place to start a family. Please elaborate.
We were more interested in getting our own place to start and grow our family and not really as an investment.
What are 3 things you liked most about the house?
We loved that it was so quiet in the neighborhood. We loved the aesthetics and design – it felt like home. We also preferred the location as it provided easy access wherever we wanted to go.
Was there anything you didn’t like about it?
It was a bit expensive, but that’s the only thing we didn’t like.
Did you make any improvements or major renovations to the house?
Yes, we tore out carpeting and put in hardwood floors, but we did not do this until later. We also painted all of the bedrooms and re-tiled the basement patio.
Please share 1-2 of your fondest/funniest memories from living there.
Once I fell and tumbled down the stairs while teaching my daughter how to descend on the stairwell. Certainly, she became better at it than me!
Do you still live there or did you sell it or renting it?
We don’t live there anymore. We sold it when we moved to our new house.
What advice would you give other first time home buyers?
Do not rush it. You have plenty of time to look, there is no hurry.