Matthew David Parker’s First House
Matthew David Parker is a professional photographer, entrepreneur, and owner of the company Matthew David Parker Photography. He grew up in New York, NY, and was inspired by the raw beauty of the city. He wanted to capture that essence in his photos. Then, with his new ambitions, he decided to move to California where he attended San Diego State University. From there it was nonstop work, as he climbed the ladder and became one of the top photographers in his industry. After being successful for many years he decided that it was time to buy his own house.
In what city/state was your first house located and approximately what year did you buy it?
My first house was just outside of Las Vegas. I made sure I was only a 15-minute drive away so I could go take photos in the city whenever I wanted. I bought the house in 2012.
What was your living situation prior to buying your first house? Where/with whom/etc?
Before I bought the house I was renting out a condo. It was a nice place but started to get a bit cramped with all my photography gear. I needed a new place with a garage. I needed storage.
What motivated you to purchase your first house?
Really it was just that I had outgrown the condo. I needed more space to spread out, and with my business thriving, I knew it was time to move on.
How did you go about getting the money together to buy it?
Well, I had been saving for a while. I made sure to always put part of the money I got from my photography jobs. Saving a little really does go a long way and, before I knew it, I had a nice little nest egg for the house downpayment.
When you purchased, were you thinking of it as an investment or as a place to start a family? Please elaborate.
I was thinking of it as a family home, yes. I wanted something that could accommodate that. With my career in order, it was the logical next step.
What are 3 things you liked most about the house?
The yard is my favorite place to be. It is big enough to throw a ball around, and I could definitely see my kids playing out there someday. I also love the kitchen and dining area, which is set up in an open plan. It is great for when I have family come over because we can all hang out together in one room without being crowded.
Was there anything you didn’t like about it?
It was near a somewhat busy road so I was worried the noise might bother me, but it was such a great price I couldnt pass it up. I’m glad too, I cant hear the road at all, even when I’m BBQing in the backyard.
Did you make any improvements or major renovations to the house?
Not really. The one thing that was upgraded was the kitchen sink and countertop to add a personal touch.
Please share 1-2 of your fondest/funniest memories from living there.
I would have to say our annual 4th of July BBQ. We always have the entire family over to grill and play games in the backyard. It’s always a blast, and every year we try to come up with new games to play. I usually man the grill. Last year we even set up a water balloon fight area for the kids. They loved it.
Do you still live there or did you sell it or renting it?
I still live there. I do plan to make some upgrades, but I don’t think I will ever sell it. I did buy a new beachfront property recently. It’s more of a vacation home.
What advice would you give other first time home buyers?
I would tell them to start saving their money if they aren’t already. It doesn’t matter if you can only put away a small amount from each paycheck, but it will grow over time. Setting a long term plan and goals will also help you save money too. Just keep persevering.