Post # 1
I thought house shopping was supposed to be fun and exciting. Instead I sit in the car driving around every single Saturday and Sunday and if and when Fiance find a house that is anything decent there is a bidding war over the house.
We have the down payment, are preapproved, and have been offering full price or more and we still can’t buy a house. I feel like my hands are tied and it’s becoming so frustrating. Everyone keeps saying its a buyers market, but how? When the sellers get up to $50k more than their asking price and people are fighting over houses. There are no houses on the market, we actually increased out budget by 75K in hopes of being able to find more houses.
Sorry just frustrated. Another house came on the market last night and our agent called to get us in the house and they said that they have 10 showings tommorow and gave us a time slot. So I know even if I like the house and I offer more than what they are asking I have a slim to none chance of getting the house!
Thanks for letting me vent, I feel like Weddingbee has become my therapy!
Post # 3
How did I manage to post this under Catholic?! Does anyone know how to move a post?
Post # 4
Haha I was kind of waiting for the Catholic punchline as I read your post! I’m pretty sure that you can’t move your post, but a hive hostess or admin will come along eventually to put it where it belongs.
Sorry to hear you’re having such a hard time buying a house – I can’t relate quite yet, but will be starting the house-hunting process soon. I wonder if your problem is specific to the market you are shopping in, or if its similar everywhere right now. I know some folks trying to sell their homes and they are having a really hard time, so maybe you just live in an area that is growing quickly. Either way – good luck, I’m sure you’ll find your new home soon!
Post # 5
LOL I was wondering how this was Catholic! I was like, is your church dictating where you move? That’s weird…
I’d just start a new post in the right section. 🙂
And I think a lot of major ticket items (house, car, apartment, etc) are tear worthy… when you’re younger you always think, “if only I could buy my own!” it’s not until you’re actually doing it that you realize how stressful it is! Good luck.
Post # 6
wow! that sounds horrible. So sorry its been frustrating 🙁 Where are you looking that it is so crazy? What is your price range like in comparison to most houses? I think there is higher demand for lower priced houses right now because lots of people see it as an opportunity to fix up an older house and make a profit in a few years.
Have you considered building? Those prices are set and basically there is no bidding or negotiation. You find a model you like, find a community, and go ahead and build. The houses are the same price (or cheaper!) than buying the same house new. Honestly— we got a new build that is WAY bigger/nicer than we were looking at in already built homes that cost more.
If you need to buy sooner than it would take to build a house you can also look at “spec houses” which are houses that builders build without a buyer in mind. Generally every community has a few spec houses on the market at all times.
Post # 7
I definitely feel for you sweetie… been there done that… My Fiance and I looked a tons of houses and had “bidding wars” and “inspection nightmares” but I have to say… the house we ended up buying is PERFECT and I love it more than any of the other ones we looked at. I cried, a lot in the process…. just remember everything happens for a reason and your dream house is out there waiting for you, you just have to be patient, as terrible as that is. Best of luck to you!!! You will find a home!!
Post # 8
@farmersdaughter- LOL, it’s just been that kind of day. Good luck with your search, hoprefully it’s just because where we I am located.
@lilyfaith- Nope, my church isn’t involved haha even though I do go to pray for help. I think it’s just that I worked so hard to save money and put myself in a position to buy a house and now I can’t because of things that are out of my control.
@corgitales- Yea, we actually increased out budget because of that so we are in a bracket above starter homes but not extreme lavish. I wish I could build =(. I am marrying a contractor and could build so easily. But a piece a of land is at leats $250k and it would cost me with all of his breaks about $300k to build a nice house in this area. Unfortunately I really can’t go about $400k but I already told us our second house is being built.
Post # 9
I haven’t begun the search but I imagine that’s frustrating. I’d find solice in knowing that I have all of the things needed- the deposit and a mortgage. That’s hard enough to accomplish. The rest will eventually fall in to place. So sorry its been this difficult.
Post # 10
I have a house in Kansas you can buy!!! Wanna move?!? 🙂
Good luck! House hunting in these parts (Kansas) is pretty easy right now…we have 2 houses and can’t seem to get rid of the one we want to get rid of 🙁
Post # 11
@tarahartman- I do keeo trying to remind myself that I will find the right house for me and if it didn’t work out it isn’t meant to be. I just can’t wait to post and say I bought a house.
Post # 12
I was SO in your boat last year. It seemed like everything we could afford was crap. Hang in there you WILL find something!
Post # 13
@pieceacake- Find me a job in Kansas and I would consider it LOL
Post # 14
We start the actual “viewings” on houses this week and weekend. NOT looking forward to it. Now, I’m downright scared, lol.
We too seem to be ever increasing our budget.
We started out wanting the $*50k level, then decided we’d rather a started home for $*30ish and now we’re looking at houses in the $*60+ range.
AND, if we were to move to my hometown, we could find a brick, 3200 sq. ft home in an excellent school system for the same price of the “starter” town homes here. sigh… this is going to be a rough process.
Post # 15
I’m sorry you having a hard time house shopping 🙁 It is a buyers market for sure where I live. But just think of this: everything happens for a reason, and when you do finally get a house, you will be so happy that you got that one and not another one! Just be patient, the perfect house will come!!!! 🙂
Post # 16
We had a lot of fun buying houses…but we bought ours in Dec ’08, so I think it was even more of a buyers market back then. I have since learned that we didn’t really know enough about it though. I feel like there is so much that people don’t tell you and I have learned a lot about things to look for when we buy our next house.