(Closed) How many until you found "The One"?

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We looked at A LOT, and most of them I really liked.  My Fiance was much pickier though. We tried to place offers on a few houses that we both liked, but we were always too late or another offer was taken.  We finally found our home after several months of looking.

Post # 4
367 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

three. The first was kinda meh. 2 bed, 2 bath, The closets were tiny and it carried a hefty price tag of 30k. The second was good but needed a lot of work. It was 2 bed, 1 bath, and it needed new wiring so it had to be completely gutted, and was still kinda expensive at $3k. Plus the bedrooms were together and i wanted a split floor plan. I bought the second, but gave it to my dad. The third was home. 2 bed, 2 bath, split floorplan, and sealed the deal at only $500.

Post # 5
5423 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

I didnt look at your other thread, at least I dont think I did.  But we looked at A LOT of houses.  Probably around 50.  House number 25ish was it for me.  He was on the fence for other reasons (didnt have the big man cave basement).  After seeing a few more and being diappointed with them he agreed to put an offer on that house.  It went under contract the week before.  I was devastated.  We are now under contract on a house he’s super into, but Im really not. 

My Fiance actully upped our budget twice, without discussing it with me.  It bothered me but we changed locations and with the savings on the taxes we werent spending anymore.  Its better to be conservative about your finances.  It also depends on how long you tend to be in the home, if your in it for the long haul you should spend exactly what you want.  You should each make a list of things you want.  In that list decide what could be a concession for you and what isnt and see what fits with both yout lists.  We both wanted a driveway for parking.  We somehow ended up getting that and then some.  I conceded on the number 1 thing I wanted to make him happy.   How anti slab is he?  If he feels that strongly about it you really need to talk to him about why he doesnt want a slab and give you a reasonable arguement to let this one go and move on to find your perfect house. 

Good luck with everything!

Post # 6
3059 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think it was 15 – 20. I was in a hurry to buy. Hubby, (just boy friend status at the time), was going to have to move 3 hours away if we didn’t get a place of our own. I chose to buy over renting to save big money ($745 mortgage vs $1200 rent) and didn’t want to just throw our money away by just renting. Well I was only approved for 105,000 and in 2009 that gave me plenty of options in my area but nothing that would make you go AH! This is it!! I looked at soo many that were ran down and dumps, that’s what happens when you only have 105K to spend in a 200-400K area! Well I finally found the one I chose when I walked in and it looked rennovated and not much work was needed. So I feel more like I settled which ended up being a big mess after we found out the basement leaked and a few other problems. But I’d do it all over again just to have kept hubby close by. : )  Good Luck to you. I think if you have the time to spare, really think them through to make sure you have found the ONE. Almost like buying your wedding dress.

Post # 7
2106 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We saw 50+ houses in person but we had looked at over 1,000 online (I crossed out something like 1,400 listings). 

We ended up 100% agreeing.  The key is to go in with a must-have list that you both agree on, then have a list of wants.  Don’t see any places that don’t have all of the musts. 

New listings come up all the time.  Sellers who put their homes on the market tend to look for a faster sale so that kids can start up school in their new home.  Good luck!


Post # 8
676 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We are not looking to buy a house until next year however I did buy a house with my ex husband and we litterally looked for over 6 months at litterally over 100 houses before we found “the one” and we knew it the instant we walked in the door and made an offer right there.

Post # 9
7312 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

We looked at hundreds online, about 60ish in person, had failed contracts on 3, and finally closed on 1. It was 18 months of real estate purgatory, and we would do it all over again to be in this house. It was worth the search and heartaches. We are so in love with our home.

Post # 10
7609 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

We looked at a few (I’d say less than 20, though) over the course of a few months and the one we wanted (and now live in) was the only “one”.  It was the only one we had “that feeling” about, and we both had the feeling.  We’ve now lived here for a year and still love it!  We came in about 50k under budget, too, so that was a nice bonus.

Post # 11
131 posts
Blushing bee

I think we looked at 5 houses, but I already knew the one I wanted before we started looking, which was a not-yet-built new construction on a park near downtown.  I looked at the location/floorplan and just knew it was perfect, but it took work to convince Fiance it was right, and to keep faith for 5 months–it seemed like a thought exercise up until the day we closed.

To help convince him it was a good house (and to keep my excitement level realistic) I had us write a pro and con list where he had to write the pros and I wrote the cons.  It worked!  We moved in a few weeks ago!

Good luck with your hubby!

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Post # 12
5109 posts
Bee Keeper

13 houses. It was the best house for the best price. Our market is pretty bad though, not much to chose from

Post # 13
583 posts
Busy bee

We looked at 5 houses before the one we bought.  I didn’t really like the one we bought at first, my Fiance had to do some convincing.  I was stuck on this adorable cape cod house because it was so damn cute!  But once I really thought about the house we bought, I saw how perfect it was and is.  I fell head over heels in love with it!

So, first impressions – don’t believe ’em 100%!

Post # 14
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

We visited less than a dozen in person and looked at a lot online.

When we walked through the house we now own, we just knew it was the right house for us!

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