Post # 31
I think 3 bedrooms is a safe bet. It’s a enough room to grow into and if you grow out of it, it will be MUCH easier to sell.
We bought a 3 bedroom house with a walk up attic & finished basement so, in theroy, we have room to grow & update if needed. Even though this is our first home I consider it our “forever home” because I can’t imagine selling it, I love it too much!
Post # 32
3 bedroom. That is what we did (we already have 1 child though). 2 bedrooms can be tough to re-sell, 4 bedrooms will be too expensive (it sounds like from your OP) and too large for right now. 3 bedrooms are very common starter homes and are great to grow into.
Post # 33
If you can swing it, 3 beds would be ideal but in ny and the way the market is- opt for 2 and resell the starter. We are doing this now on the island and honestly the resale for 2/1 is fine and will continue to be since ppl love to add additions or even full tear-downs around here. Ny real estate seems to retain value even in the down times, that’s one of the reasons why we stayed (even selling and taking a loss will get you something nice if you decide to go out of state so that’s a point to consider as well)
Post # 34
I would buy for now- it is impossible to know what your life with kids will be like before you have them. I have a friend that has a 5 bedroom house and now that she has had her first baby she regrets it. She wishes she could be a stay at home mom so badly now that her baby is here, but the cost of her home is just too great to be able to do that. She was so excited for her perfect house and now she wishes she would have bought smaller and upgraded once her family was bigger. My house is 3 bedrooms, but one bedroom is more like a den- not really usable as a bedroom (small and on a different floor). We have one child now, and it is the perfect house. If we decide to add another child, we will consider a bigger house or expansion. Honestly- 5 years is a lot of time just to save the difference in cost in a savings account or even an account for your future kid!
Post # 35
I dont own yet and hope to buy in a few years, We have 1 child, 4yr old and we rent a 2 bedroom small 1 level townhouse. We are expecting another child and they will share the room until we move out. My son does not have a playroom, we dont keep a lot of toys as we don’t have much storage, some of his toys are in the living room or bedroom. We also keeps things in the house to a minimum. We want to buy at least a 3 bedroom. But if its just 2 or 3 of you now, you can live in a 2 bedroom.
Post # 36
- Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman
We bought a 4 bedroom, my husband also works from home and needs one room as an office, for the first while we had a gym and a guest room, now we have a kid so one room is hers and we have the gym/guest room combined. I’m pregnant again but we want to keep a guest room/gym, so we are likely going to move in a year or so. We would be totally fine with the kids sharing a room but our home is over 100 years old and the rooms are tiny, I think it would be do-able though, but we have several other reasons for wanting to move. We may move into a house with the same amount of rooms, only larger or with a finished basement, which we currently don’t have. Keep in mind also, that we had our first child just over 2 years after buying.
Post # 37
- Wedding: December 2017 - Courthouse
I voted for 3.
From what you listed it sounds like you can’t really afford 4 or it would be a push so I wouldn’t do that. And usually you can find a decent deal on 3 bedrooms. I think it would be perfect if you got a 3 BR And then had one guest room as an office and the other as an actual guest room.
I also don’t see the harm in getting a much smaller 2 BR and just planning on moving.