Home Buying Question

posted 1 year ago in Home
Post # 16
8162 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

ByCandlelight :  we looked for a few months and got the second house we put an offer in. Houses in our price range kept flying off the market so we couldn’t afford to be picky. Our must haves were location and # of bedrooms – everything else was a “nice to have”. Luckily the house we ended up with has the perfect location for us and the size/layout are darn close to perfect. We’ve just been updating stuff constantly so that it’s new/prettier/functional lol. The only things we would like to have are a bigger yard, a garage, and maybe a quieter street. But in our town that would cost at least a million so…….. not happening hahahhaa

Post # 17
1058 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

We started looking in May and went under contract in June, closed in July. But when we were looking at open houses, a couple of agents told us people had told them they were looking for many months. Our market is definitely a sellers’ market right now, but we were willing to compromise to be able to snatch up a house.

We realized pretty quickly we wouldn’t be able to get everything we wanted based on our budget (technically I bought the house myself, as I wanted to buy it with the First Home Club and he was already a homeowner, so we had a strict budget to work with). A couple of years ago we would have been able to, but not with the way the market is now. I had to let go of my dream of having a dining room, but our kitchen is an eat in kitchen with enough room for a dining table so I was okay with that. The actual cooking area is a bit smaller than I wanted, but still enough space. The bedrooms are a little smaller than we wanted, but not TOO small (we saw a couple of houses with bedrooms so tiny we just couldn’t go forward with them). Our backyard is rather small, but we do have a large garage. So we compromised on things we knew we could live without. But we still love our house.

It does help, though, that we don’t plan on this being our “forever home.” I can imagine how much longer it would have taken to find a home if that were the case. We’ll probably be looking for a new home in about 7-10 years or so. In that case, I’d rather spend over a year looking for our home than get it quickly and not get everything I want. I don’t regret moving forward on this house, because I love it and am so happy we got it, but I don’t think I’d feel the same about it if I knew we were going to spend the next 50+ years in it.

So I’d say compromise on what you are okay with compromising on based on your particular circumstances, but once you figure out what you are okay with compromising on and what you’re not okay with compromising on, stick to your guns and wait until you find the house that is right for you.

Post # 18
970 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

Took us 3 years. Constantly searching online, newspaper and real estate. Went to about 20 viewings. Put in two offers but got out  bid before getting our current house. We ended up going with a house 20 minutes away in another town and husband commutes. 

Post # 19
266 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: St. petersburg, FL

ByCandlelight :  That’s not very long at all! You will find your perfect house.

It took my Fiance and I three months to find our house. That being said, we really crammed a lot of time and effort (as did our real estate agent, lol!) to find the perfect house for us and went to so many showings and open houses. I think we saw over thirty homes.

We were able to really invest a lot of our time into finding what we liked vs. what we didn’t, and in the end we bought a house that was not really what either of us wanted in the beginning as individuals, but a perfect house that complimented both of our “musts” in the end as a couple. 

I wanted a small single family home with dual master bedrooms and a laundry on the bedroom level. He just wanted three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a garage and a deck.  

We ended up with a three story townhome (two bed, two and a half bath) with dual master bedrooms, a garage, and a deck.  

You might feel like it is taking forever, but hold out and stay true to what you really want, and be open to compromising on things that really don’t matter in the end (I didn’t get my single family home, but boy do I love our townhome!). 

Good luck bee… the right one will come along!

Post # 20
1148 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

That’s not long at all. Everyone is different. We only looked for one month with the intention of taking our time but when we saw our house we just had to put an offer in (it was a short sale and the best house we’ve seen in our budget) since it’s a short sale we were able to get a better house for a cheaper price, as long as the as-is condition was good, and it was. Just take your time, when you see the house and can envision your future in it, that’s the one

Post # 21
1588 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

it took me almost a year to find first house. 

Don’t compromise. I’ve seen in laws rush into buying a house that had some major red flags during the inspection that they bought anyways because they really wanted a house and they’re paying for it now. 

Good luck to you! There is no rush. Winter is a GREAT time to buy because nobody wants to move in the winter and sellers will be ready to get rid of their inventory. 


Post # 22
1513 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

ByCandlelight :  From August until the following May. Then we closed in August. I was getting impatient but we had to move so I kept looking and we were blessed with the perfect house. We easily looked at 100 houses, my poor agent! Don’t lose hope!

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