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

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Post # 46
1893 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

We toured 3 home builders and looked at their model homes before we made a decision so in total maybe 15 houses. Location was really important to us

Post # 47
489 posts
Helper bee

I would say at least 50-100, maybe more. We were house hunting in the years immediately following the housing market crash and there was a lot available to look at. In many ways it didn’t help that there was so many because it was incredibly overwhelming and very competitive because of investors trying to pounce on all the low prices. We got so overwhelmed that we stopped looking 😕. We started again just as the market was coming back and found our home (finally) and still got a great deal. The second time we started looking the whole process took about four months. From the time that we bid on our house to closing was about a month or less.

Post # 49
1254 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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larissakay :  My market isn’t particularly competitive overall, but our target neighborhood is.  I saw a house I liked on a Thursday – it’s first day on the market as I actually heard about it the day before through a friend. My husband was unbelievably busy and my real estate agent thought the house was overpriced by about 5% so I didn’t stress and just told my husband we’d go to the open house on Sunday.  House went under contract on Saturday morning.  In my head I knew our agent was wrong about it being overpriced…he just doesn’t know the market in our target area that well.

Post # 50
9528 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

We saw 3-4 places every weekend for like 6 months. We’re in Silicon Valley. I think the market’s gotten a bit better since we bought in 2015, but it was all so exhausting. If we thought there was even a chance that we’d like a place, we felt like we HAD to see it at the first showing because offers were usually due the following Tuesday or Wednesday and then the house would be gone.

It was also annoying AF battling all the other people (and sometimes their realtors too) at the open houses. It’s hard to really get a sense of the place and imagine what it’d be like living there when you’re bumping elbows with strangers every 5 seconds.

tl;dr, definitely don’t miss house hunting.

But I will say that it worked out in the end and our home is perfect for us in so many ways. The journey just wasn’t much fun!

Post # 51
11 posts

we looked at about 6 I think. It was a hard decision

Post # 53
154 posts
Blushing bee

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larissakay :  over 20. Halfway I changed the criteria as I saw no property will meet my initial list of must haves. I started loooking beginning of February and found the one end of May so almost 4 months of viewings.

ETA: I also got a lot of those where the seller wanted to ‘think about the offer for few days’ which I took as trying to use my bid to get a better offer so whenever I made an offer I made it clear this is my best offer and is valid for 24 hours. If I don’t hear back by then the offer is off the table. 

Post # 54
333 posts
Helper bee

I had a unique situation.. Seattle market was really hot , some homes I saw was gone in a day lol.. or right off the listing. There was one house we wanted to buy that was 200k less than the house we bought =/ although ours was bigger and brand new thought but it was a block over. We had the money for a cash buy. I went on zillow for 2 months before I moved to seattle and called few agents. I ended up with one, and  told her a list of places I wanted and it had to be modern house. She found a few list of them and we saw 10 houses lol on the first day from morning till night. Because we were renting in downtown it was really expensive. Our lease is also coming up so I need to close asap. Then I found a house I like but it was next to the cell tower =/ , I had to ask my husband to come. He was working at home, but the second trip I bought him along. It was the last house that day, we saw 6 more that day so 16 in total. That house I actually found first on redfin and gave it to my agent, because it was outside our ideal budget but it had EVERYTHING i asked for including location. In the end we checked it out as reference but we love it so much, we ended up making an offer right away. My husband was running around the house while I was chatting with our agent lol I couldn’t find him that is how i knew he loved it. We had to waive all contingency and cash offer to get the house lol… I am glad we did because a month later our next door neighbour with almost exact house paid 100k more lol… the build raised the price =/ 

Post # 55
102 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Including the one we bought, I looked at 2 in person, but my husband only looked at one. We had appointments for four others, but they received offers before our scheduled appointments. It’s a super competitive market here. The one we bought, my husband didn’t get to see, but it hit the market at 9:00am on a Wednesday and my realtor called us immediately because it ticked all of our major boxes. She had already scheduled an appointment for us for 9:30am. I met her there, called my husband and told him it was “the one”. We told her to put the offer in. She had our offer in before noon and it was accepted before 5:00pm the next day. We had only met our realtor two weeks prior to putting the offer in. 

Post # 56
722 posts
Busy bee

A bunch online, but maybe 10-15 in person. Once I saw our house on the MLS the day it was listed, I told our realtor I wanted to see it that night and we put an offer in the next day. It’s a big decision but just like with love, when you know, you know! Be reasonable with what you want ano the budget you have, but don’t settle just because you’re tired of looking!

Post # 57
1198 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

maybe 15 – 20 over a year. when we first started we were super enthusiastic and went to a lot of viewings. but after the first week, we started to really narrow down on the exact location we wanted and focused on listings in the area. after that it was a waiting game to get a unit at a good price. 

Post # 58
474 posts
Helper bee

Wow.. we are going to buy next year but havent even started looking yet..

I remember when my parents looked for a house to buy 20 years ago. They viewed over 160 houses and didnt like any of them so they bought a land with an old house on it and demolished it and built their own.. lol 

Post # 59
2796 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

So many.  We must have looked at 30 at least but we were fortunate to have our first offer accepted, which is not usual here at all.

Post # 60
9840 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

When we were looking there were definitely houses that went under contract the same day they were listed. If it’s something you really think you’re interested in, I wouldn’t wait.

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