(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 # 16
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I didn’t get a realtor until we were really ready to buy. We looked at a handful of houses with him. Before we got a realtor, we went to open houses ourselves and looked a lot online just to see how the market was/get an idea of what we could afford, that kind of thing. Plus, it’s fun! Haha. The Sunday after getting our realtor, about a week after, we went out with my parents to some open houses without him. We found our house then, then called him directly after to schedule a private appointment. Then we placed an offer 2 days later!

    To be honest, I was really surprised with how quickly we found our house considering how long I had been looking online before our realtor, I feel like I didn’t see anything I liked and I thought it would take forever. We had seen our house online before but didn’t think anything of it, but after seeing it in person, we fell in love. So I definitely recommend seeing houses in person!

    Post # 17
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    3184 posts
    Sugar bee

    We probably saw 10-15. Our market is crazy too. For houses under $250k, if you don’t make a full price offer or more the day you see the house, then it’s gone. We put in a full price offer the day we say the house – the day after it went on the market. It had seven offers on it that day. That was 2.5 years ago. My little sister was just looking a few months ago in the same area, and they kept on being outbid even after putting in offers $10k above the asking price. 

    Post # 18
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    1151 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    Darling Husband himself has an agents’s license (it’s not his main job though) and we love real estate.  We probably went to 30 open houses for a few months while we were just casually looking. Once we got more serious, we went to 3-4 open houses every weekend for a few weeks, made one offer that was not accepted, then found our house, made a very strong offer, and got it.

    Post # 19
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    7901 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    MsGinkgo :  I lost count – we went to 3-7 open houses a week for about 3 months. We bought in a hot market so it took us a long time to find something decent in our price range. Once we found it we had to POUNCE and it was really stressful. 

    Post # 20
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    2523 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    We saw A LOT- like 25 maybe, and most were utter crap.  The house we bought was the last house we saw and we wrote an offer right away.  Absolutely love it.  We looked at houses online a lot, but we didn’t go to any open houses (we were looking in the fall when there aren’t as many).  We saw all the houses with our realtor.  

    Post # 22
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    4027 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    pinkshoes :  this.

    OP, we saw some many I can’t even count. We began our search in December of 2012, we went all the time to look at houses all over the general area where we wanted to be. One day I remember our realtor took us to see 11 houses! We put an offer on one house and then it fell through because the sellers wanted more than we were comfortable paying and then we found our home shortly after and went into attorney review at the end of April. We closed in less than 30 says on May 22, 2013!

    good luck and be open minded. You may end up loving something in person that might not “speak to you” in pictures. 

    Post # 23
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Way more than 25. Wayyyy more. The market was really competitive by us so we’d go slightly outside our target area sometimes and just waited for new homes to come to market. Why did you look at houses you’d already seen again?

    Post # 24
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    518 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    I looked actively for about 6 months, toured 20-30 homes (I really don’t remember how many), and made offers on about 10 before the house I have now. My Realtor would have shown me way more, but I knew exactly what I wanted and in what neighborhood, so when she would send me a list of homes I looked them up online and instantly crossed a bunch of them off. So in reality she sent me close to 50 I just did not tour them all. I lost out on a lot of offers that had all cash, or just more cash than the 10% down I had available. 

    I fell in LOVE with the first house I saw and instantly made an offer, went into escrow shortly after, but I fell out of escrow due to a low appraisal. Went back to the drawing board for months and started to lose hope, but this one showed up and I knew it was perfect! It’s a pretty difficult and stressful time, at least it was for me. Not only was it my first house, but I was 25 and buying it on my own, and while my parents gave me advice they hadn’t bought a home in 20 years. I started to lose hope that I would never find the one, even though everyone told me it would work out in the end with no regrets. And I have to say, even though the process sucked with a lot of stress and tears, they were right. I LOVE the house I am in way more than the ones I toured, and even more than the first house I was in escrow with. 

    Post # 25
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    7002 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We looked at probably 6 over the course of a year. We were only interested in a specific style of house and there weren’t a ton of them on the market in our area when we were buying (8 years ago). Now there is definitely a lot more inventory to choose from!

    Post # 26
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    6605 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2015

    MsGinkgo :  I sort of fit in two categories.  We found our house on Zillow, plus some others we were interested in.  We got our agent based on the house we were most interested in – it was listed on his site rather than Zillow at the time – seems like the owners weren’t trying too hard.  Anyway we saw a grand total of 4 and wanted to see one other but it had already gone under contract.  One had terrible architecture (think weird cubbyholes that had no reason for being).  One clearly flooded when it rained – bad drainage from the hill behind.  The third was okay but kinda close to the road and had a front yard that was all gravel, among other things.  So it didn’t take much for us to nix our options.  Lack of irrigation was another dealbreaker in the end for us.  The one we started off interested in was our winner hands down – it’s not perfect by any means; a definite fixer upper, but we have had no regrets.

    Post # 27
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    7905 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    The first time around, I was buying a house in anticipation of a relocation. There were probably between 15 and 20 houses on my “want to see” list, and we saw them all on one day that I was in town. Then the second day I looked again at my final few before writing the offer. 

    P. S. I hate real estate transactions. It’s such a hassle. 

    Post # 28
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    733 posts
    Busy bee

    I’m not sure; it was a lot. We had a very low budget for the area, so everything we saw was a dump in a horrible high crime area. It’s hard to pick a house to buy when they are all terrible. We ended up getting a place we could stomach because there was a weird issue with the owner. The owner was in hospice, and her daughter had to sell the house before her mother died so the money wouldn’t be tied up. No one else was willing to touch the place because of it (the sale would fall through if she died before we closed).

    As years went by and we bought and sold more houses we tended to look at fewer, and I think it is partly because we knew better what we liked, and partly because we had a bigger budget. It’s easy to find a home you like when you have good choices. When we bought the house we are in now, we only looked at 3. And I only looked at those because I felt like we should see something else and not just buy the only house we looked at.

    Post # 29
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    We actually wound up doing 2 totally different kinds of house searches. Originally, we thought we’d like to buy an old house and renovate it. After looking at 15 over 3 months, doing estimates on what it would take to properly restore them, we ditched that plan and went into ‘move in ready’ mode searching. The ninth house was the charm. We close in October. 🙂

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