(Closed) First Time Buyer: How many homes did you tour before buying?

posted 4 years ago in Home
Post # 2
10545 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

5 or 6? Maybe not even that.

We were in a unique situation in that we had literally zero notice the rental we lived in was being sold and the owner was moving out of state in two weeks. So, we toured like 5 houses over the course of two weeks before picking one that was for sale by owner that my dad had actually found when he was just driving around neighborhood we liked. It was really nerve racking because I literally went and saw the house and had to decide that day if I wanted it because an investor showed up right after me and offered cash (they were going to flip the house) so I had like maybe an hour to make a decision and once the decision was made that was it, it was mine, no turning back.

Post # 3
13904 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We looked at 4 or 5 I think.  We knew what we wanted and were very specific with our realtor.

Post # 4
5373 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

We looked at about 10? A lot of the ones we saw looked great online but didn’t feel like home to us or had issues you couldn’t see unless you toured them.

Post # 6
1108 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We probably looked at 10 houses before ours, but most of them were not anything like the house we ended up buying. We were originally looking in a more expensive part of town, and most of the houses we viewed were townhouses or very small detached. Once we decided to move out of that area, we ended up buying the first house we saw. In hindsight we should have looked longer, but we were both tired of looking by that point. 

Post # 7
508 posts
Busy bee

2 or 3? But we knew the exact neighborhood we wanted to buy in, and there aren’t many homes there in our price range. We ended up finding our house, loving it, getting cold feet because it was so expensive (way less than our max purchase price, but still so much money), then coming back to it when it was still on the market a couple months later and we hadn’t found anything that could compete. 

I don’t think it’s one of those things with a right or wrong answer, circumstances vary so much. 


Good luck!

Post # 8
9129 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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larissakay :  probably 40…I eventually lost count. It took us months of find a place and our market was very hot so we lost a house we bid on and had to start over. That was 3.5 years ago and our particular market has only gotten worse – I have several friends trying to buy right now and they’ve lost 7 or 8 houses EACH that they’ve put offers on. They even offer over asking but they are getting outbid by flippers who don’t have an inspection contingency. 

Post # 9
1154 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I think 5… we were lucky to find our home very early in our search. 

Post # 10
922 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Honestly, it depends on your area. If things move quickly, you have to be willing to make an offer the same day.

This was the case for us. High demand, esp given the price. We probably saw 20 places, but made offers on 5 of them.

Post # 11
2033 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

15 I would guess… or more. The one we purchased seemed small but checked off all our boxes, so we went to see it on a bit of a whim. Turns out it was a four-level split, and half the square footage wasn’t listed because it’s below ground. We knew when we were in it that it was ours 🙂

Post # 12
828 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

We looked at a bunch online but I would say we might have seen 4 or 5 before seeing our house. This was over maybe 2 months time at most. We were going to take a break from looking at houses and suddenly our house dropped into our price range and we knew we needed to see it. We knew immediately it was the house for us.

Post # 13
5081 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

We only saw one house in person and that’s the one we bought. We looked at a lot of houses online though and this one checked off everything on our list, where the other houses on the list didn’t. We put an offer in the day we saw it. 

Post # 14
2232 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

So we viewed 8 over about 10 days. We also had 5/6 that we expressed an interest in but accepted an offer with someone else before we could view. We weren’t in a position to view houses as they came on the market and with our budget we ended up looking at the less attractive houses. We viewed our (soon-to-be-complete) house twice because I just didn’t love it the first time, actually I didn’t even like it. It grew on me when I saw how awful some of the other houses were!

Post # 15
1989 posts
Buzzing bee

Oh gosh. 50? The area we live in is extremely competitive. We weren’t aggressive enough at first. We would see a house and want to take a day to think about it, but it would be gone within 48 hours. Once we started putting in offers, we were outbid a few tims. We’d see a house the day it listed and it would be off the market the next morning, sometimes we didn’t even have a chance to up our offer (and we were already offering over list price). 

We looked for 7 months, at least a few houses per week….it wasn’t all that fun. We didn’t have a huge list of ‘must-haves’, but it took us a while to find a house that fit what we were looking for. I am very glad we ended up taking so long because we now love our house. I think of some of the other houses we looked at (and with the exception of 2) I live our house soooo much more than those houses. 

Take your time. There’s no prize for finding a house sooner. 

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