(Closed) Home-buying: How long from start to finish?

posted 5 years ago in Home
  • poll: How long did it take from the time you started looking at homes to the time you actually moved in?
    < 3 months : (22 votes)
    37 %
    3-6 months : (18 votes)
    30 %
    6 - 9 months : (8 votes)
    13 %
    9 months - 1 year : (6 votes)
    10 %
    > 1 year : (6 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    I voted over a year but it should have been a year. We started looking in January of 2011 decided to build in May, then our house was built from the ground up from June to December. We moved in the end of December 2011.

    Post # 4
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    220 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    We started looking and once we found the house we wanted from the time we agreed the price to the time we got the keys was just under 3 weeks, but we are in the UK so thing might be a little different here.

    Post # 5
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    605 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2014 - Brazil Room

    I started looking in May, found one in July and was able to move in at the end of August. Doesn’t seem like a super long time in the scheme of things, but it seemed like an eternity at the time!

    Post # 6
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    1096 posts
    Bumble bee

    started looking in September, bought in April, closed in October.

    Post # 7
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    322 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    We found our home and moved in in less than a month

    Post # 8
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    5423 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Started looking in February.  Offered in June.  Settled in August.  This was also the 3rd house we put an offer on.

    Post # 9
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Depends on the market where you live. I know lots of people here who have been looking for 6-12 months and are continually getting outbid by all-cash buyers. Inventory is really low, so every sale is multi-bid, and there are way more buyer trying to take advantage of low interest rates then there are homes to buy.

    We really lucked out – an all-cash buyer changed their mind and we were the highest financed bid. It took us 2 months, but that is very unusual for here.

    Post # 10
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    7653 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Depends on where you live. We are going to start building, which is estimated at about a year+. Here they say if a builder tells you it will be 8 months before we get your house done, tack on 3-6 months.

    Buying, if you can even find a house, would only take about 6 months or so.

    Post # 11
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    3050 posts
    Sugar bee

    @MadTownGirl:  I started looking in July and I put in my first offer on my house around August 15th or so. I closed on October 5.

    Post # 12
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    18 months, 3 failed contracts, low housing stock for homes in our price range, and some very specific criteria that we were not willing to budge on. There are literally 16 homes currently for sale in our entire county that meet the price/lot size/location/# of bedrooms & bathrooms that we were looking for. Of those 16 currently on the market, there are 2 that I would have wanted to look at. 2 houses in an entire county. Our market was/is brutally tight, and I refused to spend that much money on a house I didn’t actually want to live in. We ended up paying more than asking price and paying all closing costs in a multiple offer situation to get this place. But it was worth it all in the end. 🙂

    Post # 13
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    4441 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

    Our process took 1.5 months, 2 weeks to find the house and 1 month to do all that closing entails!

    Post # 14
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    2580 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    It was a surprisingly fast process for us–We started looking in October, put in our offer in November, and closed/moved in in December. We only went 2 weekends with our realtor before we found a house we loved.

    I lurked on listings online for more than a year, but once we started actually looking at houses I realized we had to be ready to pull the trigger immediately at any time. Depending on your market and how competitive it is, you might have to act fast if you find something that’s right for you. If there are tons of houses in your price range that meet your criteria, though, it’s easier to take your time.

    Post # 15
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I don’t remember, but it was about 2 months maybe? Three tops.

    Post # 16
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    10454 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    We started looking in early March, purchased mid April and moved mid June. 

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