(Closed) Buying your first house – how many did you see?

posted 3 years ago in Home
  • poll: How many houses did you see with your agent before you found 'the one'
    5 or less : (27 votes)
    31 %
    6-10 : (17 votes)
    20 %
    11-15 : (9 votes)
    10 %
    16-20 : (11 votes)
    13 %
    21-25 : (9 votes)
    10 %
    more than 25 : (12 votes)
    14 %
    we didn't work with an agent, we used the sellers agent : (0 votes)
    we found our house ourselves and then got an agent : (2 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 2
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    539 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    So the housing market where I live is absolutley crazy with 7 days being the average length of time a house is on the market.  We looked for about 5 weeks and looked at 3-5 houses per week.  Every week we would put in an offer on one or two homes (not simultaneously, obviously) and our 5th offer was accepted.  We were surprised how quickly it went.  Because houses are moving so quickly, we had to decide very quickly what to put an offer on.  We couldn’t really be picky.  We ended up with a house that is solid and well kept, maybe not our dream home, but we plan to do minor fix ups to make it feel more like home.  We used an agent who was a lifesaver and I highly recommend!

    Post # 3
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    2014 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2018

    About 7. We ended up buying the first house we saw. We made pro con lists of every house we saw. We made a must have list of things we would not bend on. Our house just hit everything. Only thing I don’t like is the two other bedrooms are on the small side. But we can deal. 

    Remember, if you agent isn’t doing it for you, find someone else. we were working with one woman who was so slow to reply to us, then wanted to wait a week to get us into a house in  market that house were selling on the day they were listed. I  found our awesome agent through a friend. She got us into our house the night I found it. 

    Are you still checking listings or only going to houses she is showing you? 

    Post # 4
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    704 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    I had given my real estate agent a list of homes I wanted to see that I found online that fit what we wanted on paper…probably 5 of them or so. They were all horrible in person–like the pictures had looked ok but in person the houses just weren’t right. She found maybe 3 or 4 the first time we went out. They weren’t quite right either, although more on the mark than my choices.

    The house we finally went with (probably the 10th one we looked at) was our 3rd house hunting trip, and it was actually the only house we were going to see. It was pre-market, and our agent found out about it from a co-worker who was representing the seller. It was perfect, and we had absolutely no doubt it was the one–like we walked in the door, and looked at each other and said ok we’re home 🙂

    Post # 5
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    More than 25.  Almost every weekend for about 3 months we’d go to a string of 3 or 4 open houses that were close to each other.  We eventually saw literally every single house in the 4 or 5 towns we were considering that fit our criteria for size and price and was just waiting on new homes to come on the market after that.

    Post # 6
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    658 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: Stonehouse at Stirling Ridge

    MsGinkgo :  By us the housing market is VERY competitive. Darling Husband and I seriously saw about 10 houses with our agent before we found “the one”. ( we had seen maybe around another 5-6 on our own at open houses) We only put in an offer on one house other than the one we purchased and that house was listed for only 1 week and had been seen by 300 families and had about 7 offers. We were outbid by an all cash offer so when we found our home, the moment I walked in the first day it was listed I KNEW it was the one we put in an offer that same day a little over asking and it was accepted the next day THANK GOD! because that 1 day on the market the home had been shown to about 7 families. 

     

    House hunting is definitly a stressful time but it’s all worth it in the end. 

    Post # 7
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    1897 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    MsGinkgo :  We saw 8 total before we put an offer in, but it was the 4th we saw. We walked in and I knew it was the one, but we finished out our appointments for the day first and then put in the offer.

    Post # 8
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    4232 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

    Darling Husband and I got VERY lucky! We purchased our condo (and first owned home) and moved in December 2015. Our Real Estate agent was a MIND READER! For our first appointment he took us to seven different condos (most of which could have worked), but when we saw condo #6 we knew we found the one! We still saw #7 just to be sure, we decided that day to put in an offer on #6 and ten days later it was ours.

    I’m told the process isn’t usually that smooth though!

    Post # 9
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    946 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 1969 - City, State

    When we bought our condo in a big city, we probably saw 6 or so.  I was very picky about what areas I wanted to be in and was familiar with a lot of the buildings so it was easy to scratch places off without having to go look at them.

    Our recent house purchase is in a city/state we’ve only lived in for a year, so we were a lot less familiar with areas, and houses in general.  We ended up seeing over 30 houses with our realtor, plus about 10 or so open houses on our own.  

    Post # 10
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    5113 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2014

    Just one. We looked a lot online and went to see our top choice, it checked off all of our boxes so we put in an offer and got it. 

    Post # 11
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    1815 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    The housing market was insane when we bought our place. I flew into town (from 3000 km away) – and I had 3 days to find a place (I had no idea how long it takes – it was my first house). 

    The real estate agent booked about 24 houses to see …but by the time we got there, about 1/2 would already be sold. I narrowed it down to 3 houses – then brought hubby to see them (he was working – the reason we were relocating to the new city). He really liked one of the three – so we put in a bid. It was one of those situations where if you don’t get a bid in now it will be gone the next day.  Fortunately we got it – and have been here ever since – 15 years! 

    Post # 12
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    2998 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I’m in the Dallas area which is a crazy crazy seller’s market right now. We went through 2 realtors, 15 house tours, 8 offers, until we finally won a bidding war on our house (over 14 other offers). It is a loooong road but nice to be settled in the end!

    Post # 13
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    756 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2016

    I don’t remember exactly, but it was a pretty high number. We looked for a few months and probably saw at least 3 houses a week, sometimes 5 or 6. We had very specific requirements. Our first 3 offers fell through for one reason or another. By the time we found our current house, I had been living with his mom for several weeks because my lease had ended and we still had nowhere to live. I think we were just tired of looking because if we had seen this house early on we would have crossed it off fairly quickly. Originally we planned to keep it as a rental, but I think we’ve decided to stay 2 more years (we’ve already been here 2 years at this point) and then sell it outright and buy or build a new house. Lesson learned, I guess!

    Post # 14
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    454 posts
    Helper bee

    We saw probably 15 in person. We had a conservative budget so it was a challenge to find something we could work with, but my husband knew right away when we walked into our home that it was the one. We continued to see a few more homes, but we ended up comparing them all to it. I got on board once I felt I had a good grasp of our options, and we made our offer.

    Post # 15
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    202 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    We met with our realtor and week later made an offer that was accepted. The market in Ontario is ridiculous. Houses sell before they are actually listed. We saw 6 homes. Our house we saw a day before it was actually listed then made an offer the next day when it was listed. Luckily it was in our favour as the seller had a short moving date and we were approved for our mortgage, therefore we were able to wave the financing clause. We also didn’t have another property to sell. We actually got it for under asking which is unheard of here. Our realtor said houses in our area are now going for 100k over asking, mere months later. The system here is awful for young buyers.

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