Post # 1
- Wedding: August 2015 - Backyard Forest
We are officially house hunting for our first home. We live in a small town and there are a few areas (small towns) in our area when it comes to hunting.
Yesterday we went and looked at 6 homes in our favourite area (all the homes worth seeing in our price range).
The house I’ve been cyber stalking for 3 months was our favourite. It has just about everything we would want minus acreage, but is a 2 minute walk to the lake. My SO says he’s happy to stop looking and put in an offer, but I am still keeping our appointment on Tuesday to see homes in the other areas.
How many homes did you see before you purchased?
Also – It would be interesting to know if you’re in a rural or urban area too in your comments!
Post # 3
We saw 6-7 (I think) but our home was the 2nd one we saw & it was really easy to see ourselves living in it. We just kept comparing all the other houses we saw to it & it was just no contest. We put an offer the following week, after showing our parent.
Our area is suburban btw – all detached homes.
Post # 4
We looked at probably 6-8 houses; I’m not sure of the exact numbers. We looked in the suburbs of DC, so it’s a very built up, urban area.
Post # 5
We’ve looked at several THOUSAND houses, mostly online.
THOUSAND? You ask? Yes. Thousand.
We’ve been planning on buying a house for almost two years. So we keep up with real estate near Boston (which is extremely high volume), but DH has been up for several cross-country promotions during that time. In DH’s company, you get 30 days to move from place one to place two.
So when he makes the top three applicants, we start house hunting and narrow it down to 5-10 we’d like to see in the area we might be living in (so we can fly out the day we get the news, look at them all over one weekend, and put in an offer).
But it still hasn’t happened, and he’s up for another promotion right now!
So even though we’re expecting a baby on Valentine’s Day, we still don’t know where’ll be living next month!
Post # 6
We’re in a rural area (500 ppl) and both our families live here. We looked at about 20 houses over 12 months (bought this June) in surrounding areas but bought a cheap fixer upper in the town so we could be close by. We put offers in on 3 and got out bid or bought the day before. So don’t wait too long! We fixed it up and is worth almost double now. We are only staying for 3-4 years so we weren’t that picky. But we looked at several hundred online.
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
We looked at probably 15 or so. I will say, if you find something that could be The One and its listed reasonably, I’d put down an offer! You can always back away later. The worst feeling ever is waiting and having it snapped up by someone else
Post # 8
We looked at quite a few online. We also went to quite a few showhomes and open houses before we were ready to buy. When we were actually serious about house hunting, we probably saw about 15, I forget the actual number.
Looking at a house for 3 months wouldn’t be a good idea here. So many of the ones we wanted to see were already pending.
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2015 - Backyard Forest
@MrsN14: @lolot: thanks for the advice, this house has been on the market for probably almost a year, so hopefully we’ll be okay until Wednesday when we go see it again. My SO knows the realtor personally that is selling that house, so I will get him to ask her to let him know if there are any other offers put on it!
I have also looked at HUNDREDS online, I’m definitely talking about actually viewing homes in person.
Post # 10
@missamysmiles: that’s good your realtor knows thiers. We found a house that we loved and had been on the market for over a year and someone outbid us the same day! We were like seriously what are the odds! lol but luckily it worked out for the best. Good luck this week!
Post # 11
We probably looked at 7 or 8 in person, MANY more online. I actually found our home online, emailed our agent at 1 am and told her we had to see it IMMEDIATELY, I knew it was the one. Turned out the house wasn’t even showing yet, it was only online. Well thanks to my ever watchful eye and our agent’s perseverance, we toured the house the first day they opened it up, placed an offer 2 hours later, and they accepted it the next day! They never even had an opportunity to have an open house, we jumped on it so quick! It’s our dream home, though, it HAD to be ours lol. I hope you guys find something you love. Try not to settle, you’ll know when it’s right! Happy hunting!
Post # 12
We looked at between 10 and 15, we were getting discouraged because we didn’t feel any of them were the right one for us and my husband randomly found our house and we fell in love, the rest is history! It’s perfect for us, we had to go through all of the bad eggs to get to our good one. We live in kind of an urban area, but kind of rural…does that make sense? LOL
Post # 13
I bet we looked at 100+ in person. We live in a suburban area, all detached homes. We were not in a hurry to buy though.
Post # 14
We’re currently looking and I would say we’ve seen at least 35 so far. I am SO OVER IT.
Post # 15
We had one weekend to find a home if we didnt want to rent for a year and move twice and pay for the move the second time (work paid the first move)
It was across country so we did research and narrowed down the areas we wanted to look. Our realtor set up a lot of visits and based on our responses from the first day adjusted the second day.
In total we looked at about 15 houses that weeked.
Post # 16
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
1.5 years, 60+ in person viewings in suburban-rural locations, 3 failed contracts, closed on #4. House hunting sucked a lot. But we were not willing to settle, so we just had to be patient until we could get the right house at the right price. Our house has appreciated $50k in one year, so our patience has quite literally already paid off.