(Closed) Buying a house… how many houses should I see first?

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We just bought our first home a couple of months a go! It was very stressful and I also lost sleep. My best answer to your question is as many as it takes to find the perfect one!! If this is the one, then don’t feel like you need to look at more, you didn’t do that with your FI did you? 😉

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I agree with Ottawa, if you find the house you love early one, good for you! I would worry too, and wonder if we saw enough, but when you walk into your future home, sometimes you just know! We did!

Post # 5
Hostess
18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We looked at only about 4-5 before we found the one we wanted.  First, we drove by a TON of them in our car and that’s how we picked which ones we wanted to see based on neighborhood and outside appearances.  I think seeing one that first day is perfectly fine.  I doubt that the homes will sell as fast in this market since there is a lot of inventory out there.  Just make sure that you get an inspection and know what is coming before you close.  Have you already been approved by a lender?  Because that would help you to convince a seller to sell to you.

Post # 8
Hostess
18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

It sounds like you guys really liked it so I think you are just being nervous because it’s a big step.  If you know, then you know!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think it all depends on the two of you and what you want. If you already have certain things narrowed down (number of rooms? Garage? Yard? Flooring? Space?) & you’ve found something that already fits that criteria you should be okay. If you had no idea what you were looking for and just started looking then i’d say step back and look @ a few more. But it sounds like you already have an idea of what you want. My only suggestion is to go through the house a couple more times & definatly have a home inspection done. Just going through the house 2 or 3 times will help you decide for sure. & make sure there isn’t a lot of wasted space. That is something you don’t think about until after your living there & realize their’s some weird enterance room you can’t do anything with.

Good Luck! IT’s soo exciting!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I know the exact feeling! I had asked the same question and got varying answers and was so nervous when the responders would say 60-80 houses. Yikes, no way I could do that! The city I was looking in had houses going like hotcakes. We would have a list of 6-10 to give the realtor and by the time she called, they were sold! All but 1. So, when we found our house, we knew we loved it and that we had to put in an offer that day. At that point, we had only gone into 6 or 8 houses (but looked at 100s online). I was a little nervous that it was so few, but you do know when you find it, it just clicks!

Good luck to you!

Post # 12
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247 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Call me crazy but we bought the first house we saw, we fell in love with it and it had EVERYTHING we wanted in a house. It is a new construction so the builder added/changed everything we told him to just for about 8,000.00 more we got, hard wood floors on the formal dinning room and formal living room, also the den, we got better carpet than the one they had on the rest of the house, got granite on both bathrooms, 2″ blinds all over the house, crown molding, washer and dryer…I mean it was a great deal!….We drove and looked online at houses but none of them had what we wanted and in the area so the 1st one we looked at we got and we LOOOOOVE it!

-NOW is the best time to buy a house, you can pick and ask for whatever you want, people want to get rid of houses quick so that’s a positive note 😉

Good Luck!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

Look at any house that tickles your fancy, even if it is over what you want to spend.  It will help you get an idea of what you want and don’t want in your house/land.  We looked at at least 10 houses, including drive-bys.  If it’s the house, it’s the house, and you’re going to compare every other house to it, and they won’t hold up.

Definitely look into getting preapproved, it will help things move along faster.

Also, be careful about “needs a little TLC”.  BF and I saw a listing for a house that, on paper, was just about everything we wanted (and cheap!).  It even had a creek!

We drive up to it to look around and see if we want to schedule a viewing, and there’s a big ol’ sign on the door that says “REALTORS ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK.  HOUSE HAS MOLD.”

So now we joke that “needs a little TLC” means “needs flaming death”.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

House hunting has been a two-year process for us.  We have looked about 20-30 homes and we are still looking.  It took some time for us to agree on  areas and neighborhoods but I think we are FINALLY getting it.  We have a few more houses to look at and we hope to close and be moved in before our wedding in May.

We did put on offer on the first house we saw but it wasn’t accepted.  So it’s not crazy to go for the first house you see!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Even if you fall in love with the first house you see, you should still look at any comparable houses in the neighborhood that are for sale so you can be sure that you are paying what you should pay. It’s good to get an idea of the other houses in the neighborhood to see what remodeling people have done as well. You’ll get some good ideas (and see some bad ones!).

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