Post # 1
Hi Ladies! As some of you know, DH and I went house hunting today with our realtor (thanks for all the awesome advice! It really came in handy!) and it was a great experience. This is the first time we’ve been out with our realtor, but we’ve gone out on our own twice before today, and we’ve done a ton of looking on-line.
Anyway, today we found a house that we absolutely LOVE. It was leaps and bounds ahead of the other homes we’ve seen, and we just fell in love when we saw it. We feel kind of silly, though, wanting to put an offer in on the first day with our realtor! Is it too soon?
So… how long did it take you to find a house you love and put an offer in?
Post # 3
We’ve been looking for 7 months. About a month ago we put in our first offer, but the bank accepted a higher offer. I’m insanely jealous you found a house so quickly.
Since you have not been looking for long, my advice is to take a while to think about it with your husband and think about what you like and whether this is really the right house–are there little things that kind of bother you (there should be some, but what are your deal breakers). Is there enough space for the family you may want to have some day (like do you want 2 kids in the next 10 years, but this house only has two bedrooms?).
In my experience, looking online doesn’t really help you start thinking about what’s important. There’s something totally different about walking through the space, thinking about the layout and really being IN a house that you can’t get online.
Post # 4
We looked at a total of thirteen houses and it came down to a decision between two. We inquired on the price of both and one wasn’t willing to move even though it needed a new roof, etc. We decided the other one was for us and the decision probably took about a week for us to be completely sure, and we’re glad we made that choice! We’ve been living here over two years now and I love home ownership sooo much.
Post # 5
We signed a sales contract 3 weeks from the first time we went out looking— so pretty darn fast for us! I think there are several factors at play though….. mostly 1) If you know exactly what you’re looking for and 2) if your price range is reasonable to get what you want.
We had a list of everything we wanted:
A specific suburb
newer (less than 10 years)
yard that is fenced or able to be fenced and not too big
awesome open kitchen
walk in closets
lots of natural light
“man cave” area
so… we were pretty specific 🙂 Luckily I had done enough research to know that what we were looking for was possible within our price range and we just told realtors we weren’t willing to settle. It was a fast and furious 3 weeks and we looked at about 9 places in person (and tons more online) and when we found the one that had everything we were looking for it was 20k less than our limit and brand spankin new with a 12 mo home warranty. We jumped on it!
I think that if its REALLY right for you– do it. But make sure that you aren’t just excited about picturing yourself in a home 🙂
Post # 6
It took us less than a month to find our house but we checked out a lot during that time!
I think it’s totally fine to fall for a house that quickly but my recommendation would be to think of every single negative that you can (it will probably take some effort but I promise they are there.) If the positives still outweigh them, go for it and congratulations! 🙂
Post # 7
It is not to soon to put in an offer as long as you are sure that it has what you want! We took a few months because there wasn’t as much on the market back in 2007.
Post # 8
We just went under contract yesterday on a house. We looked for two months but it took us that long to find this house that we both loved. We saw many houses that we kinda liked or that I liked but he didn’t or vice versa. If you found one you both totally fell in love with, I don’t see any reason not to move forward.
Post # 9
We put an offer on our house three weeks into our search. The house that we bought was actually the second house we walked through although it was not love at first sight for me.
Long story short, the house smelled like smoke, was larger than what I thought we needed and the price was out of our price range. Three weeks later two other houses got snatched up as we were trying to put offers down on them. We needed to jump on another house fast, so we put an offer down on our home. Luckily we outbid a competing offer and got the home for a price we could afford. If you are curious, I fretted that we would have the whole house fumigated because of the cigarette smoke, but the sellers clarified that it was just their adult son who was living there that smoked sometimes in the house eventhough he was not supposed to. So that turned out to be non-issue.
This has gotten long winded, but what I am trying to say is that if this home is really what you want, go for it. A house you see may be gone the next day, you never know in real estate! If you find something you love there is no point considering endless other options. Good luck!
Post # 10
I had off for spring break this past week (yeah being a teacher!). So I went out and saw about 17 houses in 2 days. I picked 4 for my FI to see with me the next night and we had our parents come check out the one we liked the very next day. We put in an offer, they countered and we accepted. Now we are hoping to hear if it was ratified tomorrow!
We walked in and we knew that it was the one we wanted. Room to grow and it had most of the things we were looking for. We put in an offer so quickly because something with the FHA loans rate went up by a quarter or half % this weekend plus it was a gorgeous weekend here and we didn’t want anyone to walk through and out in an offer.
As long as you decide what you really need, would like to have, can live with, and don’t want it makes it a lot easier to go through the houses. I would make sure that I saw what was available, but if the price is right and you really like it then I say go for it!
Post # 11
I bought my place 5 years ago when the market was still pretty booming. Options in my price range were slim pickings around here. When I walked into this house I just knew it was the one – it was soooo much better than anything else I had looked at. I called my mom (hubby wasn’t in the picture then) and described it to her and was like THIS IS IT.
The house went on the market Thurs. I looked at it Friday. Put an offer on it Friday night (as did someone else). Saturday morning the selling couple picked my offer!! It’s a very exciting process!
Random – We had a yardsale once and one of the ladies that stopped by said ‘I put an offer on this house’ – Guess she was the one I beat out because the previous owners are the ones who built it. I have other friends in town that found out I bought this house and said “We love that house – please tell us first if you ever decide to move”. The previous owner taught piano here for many years so MANY folks in town (small town!) have spent time here. Good to know it should be easy to sell IF we ever decide to do that 🙂
Post # 12
We looked at over 100 houses online, and found “the one” the first day we met with our realtor. We looked at 5 houses that day and this was the 4th one we saw that. We walked in and we both just knew. It had everything on our list plus more.
We also felt weird about finding the dream house on our first time out, so we decided to sleep on it for a few days before we made an offer, plus we had our parents come check it out the next day.
I feel totally comfortable with out purchase. Its our dream house (well, for our first house atleast!) and we are SOO soo happy. Now we just have to wait to close on it!
Post # 13
We were like you. We looked online, we drove around. We knew what exactly we wanted. We thought we found one online and then it was under contract apparently. Well, when we went to look officially the first time, it was back on and we knew it was the one! We put in an offer the next day 🙂 We’re supposed to close today.
In this market, many times those “dream” ones go really fast. And sometimes, as fast as you act it’s too late! It’s so up in the air these days that if your ready, and you KNOW… go for it! On the other hand, if it doesn’t work out after you try, don’t dispair. Everyone I know is so much happier in their home that have been through that. they all said “we were sure, but we are so much happier we got this one!”
Best of luck!
Post # 14
we bought a condo in chicago about 4 months ago. the one we ended up buying was actually the first one we saw, but we kept looking for another 2 months after that just to make sure we weren’t being too “spur of the moment.” thankfully it was still available and now it’s ours! i think if you find something you like, you should put an offer in right away. it would be horrible for you to lose it to someone else! good luck!
Post # 15
we started our hunt, just about a year ago! april 2009… we looked almost every weekend through the end of july 2009… and we found our house on the last day of showings (we were ready to give up!)…
we closed a month later… and moved in first week of sept 2009
Post # 16
We were really lucky and found it on the first try. We couldn’t believe it, so we kept on looking for another day or so, but came back to the one we immediately loved.