Post # 1
me and Fiance have been looking for our first house for about a week now, and are starting to get discouraged quickly. either we love the house and location, but hate the yard (or lack thereof). or we love the house and yard, and hate the location. we cant seem to have all three! and I dont want to compromise so soon into the search. but what is “soon”..?
so bees, how long did it take you to find your house? not including closing time, etc. just… from start of house hunting to putting in that offer 🙂
Post # 4
We started casually looking in December 2010 just to get an idea of what was out there. We had no intention of buying until Fall of 2011 and our agent knew that. So, we went out for a day of showings one day in December and then parked our search for a few months. We kept looking online at houses, but not seriously. In March or April, we saw a house we liked and stalked it for a few weeks. We finally decided to go to a few open houses (I think 4 of them on a Saturday in April) and our house was one of those. We liked it so much more than the other houses we’d seen – it’s about 200 yards from the lake and we loved almost everything about it. It turned out that it had been listed in March and sold right away but that the financing fell through so it was back on the market. The very next day we made an appointment to see it again the following weekend. We put our offer in in early May and, after a few signbacks, got it! We moved in in June.
The best thing we did was make a list of “musts” (eg. a garage, 3 bedrooms) and also a things we’d “prefer” list (eg. an unfinished basement, 2-storey). That might help you with your search, good luck!
Post # 5
Ugh I remember those days. We bought a foreclosure in 2008, and probably looked at about 15-20 houses in person, and at least 75 online through the mls, to narrow down what we wanted to see with our realtor. It is a super challenging process, and can get very emotional and discouraging, at times. We put an offer in on a short sale that went nowhere, and after about 4 months we made a successful offer on our foreclosure, the day after it went onthe market. Although finding the right house was frustrating, I wanted a very specific location, about a 4 block by 3 block area, getting the financing was the.worst.part! And we were prequalified! The loan office tried to do a bait and switch with our loan, tried to change our loan to an FHA, even though we were putting a 90k downpayment! Totally thought it wasn’t going to happen, but we switched lenders and got it straightened out. Such a hard time, though, I don’t envy what your going through. Have faith and believe it will work out! This crazy stress will only make you stronger. 🙂
Post # 6
I voted 3 to 4 months. We started looking in July 2010 and closed on our home in November 2010.
We made offers on 7 homes (3 bank owneds – lost all of those to cash buyers) and lucky #8 was finally our home! 🙂
Post # 7
Have been looking since October….
Lost our dream house in December in a bidding war, so now we are a little bitter and demoralized….
Post # 8
It took us almost a year. We saw mannnnnyyyy houses before buying this one. To be honest, it wasn’t a particularly fun experience (the owners were incredibly rude throughout the process, so much so that if we hadn’t looked for a year we would have botten up and left during closing). Afterwards, I told Fiance we aren’t doing that again (though secretly, I know we will haha). Next time we want to build, so I am hoping when we buy land people won’t be as attached as they are to a home. Good luck to you 🙂
Post # 9
We looked for about 4 months. We had a deadline though so we couldn’t really go longer. I think I looked at 50 some houses.
Sometimes there has to be a compromise. I don’t think there will ever be a prebuilt house that has 100% of everything you want.
Location was more important to use since you can’t change it, the rest of the stuff can be changed with time.
Post # 10
Wow, I only meant to write “bump” once. grr weddingbee.
Thanks for the feedback! I guess I’m getting a little worried because my real life friends say they have too many houses to look at. Whereas in our situation, there are only about 11 houses on the market that we’d even consider, and we visited all of those and theyre all no go’s. There haven’t been any new houses added within our search criteria over the last week and I wasn’t sure if that was the norm. I hope more houses come on the market soon…!
Post # 11
@sugarcube: I feel like we’re in the same situation! Darling Husband and I started looking a little over a month ago and we’re already burning out. We’ve looked at every home online that we possibly can, we’ve gone to 4 open houses, and we’ve seen about 13 homes in person. We know what we want but we seem to have trouble finding it all in one house! There were 2 homes that fit into the perfect balance of what we want inside and out/age of home/location but one went under contract before we could put in an offer and the other is in negotiations. We put a bid on the second house, but we don’t like the idea of entering into a bidding war so early. :/ So frustrating…
Even though we’re still looking, I just want to lend my support and say don’t compromise yet! (Especially on location. Just like MissAsB said: you can change other things, but you can’t change location.) Take a break if you need one/if time permits and hopefully you’ll find the perfect home. Good luck! 🙂
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
We got into the market in January 2010 and we’re still in it. We’ve looked at at least 45 properties in person, and hundreds online. We took a break from looking at houses for about 6 months because we just couldn’t stand the disappointment anymore, and have been actively back on the hunt for the last 2 months. 🙁 We just put in an offer this morning. If everything works according to schedule on this deal, it will have taken us 18 months to find and close on a house. But we have very high standards, as this is our forever home, and we are spending significantly more than the national average to get it. For that kind of money we intend to get what we want in location, lot size, house size, quality, and wow factor.
By The Way… this is the worst time to be looking. Around here, mid-March-June is the prime season for listing/selling a home. So if you can be patient, you will likely see an uptick in houses coming on the market once spring arrives.
Post # 13
We’ve been looking at houses online forever but we started seriously searching last month. We viewed a total of 8 houses in our budget and within area location where we wanted to live. It was a week before we put an offer on a home to the time we started looking! It was a fast process for us. But we knew exactly what we wanted. We are scheduled to close on March 5th but our broker is pushing for next week! We were very lucky to find a home well within our budget with exactly what we were searching for. Especially in southern CA. Good luck!
Post # 14
We looked online FOREVER, but we put an offer in on a house during our 3rd week of official open house visits.
I honestly think it’s a bit of luck, and a bit of flexibility. I have friends who only wanted house of a certain age in a certain neighborhood. They looked for many months–some up to a year–before they found their home. However my Fiance and I had our list of needs and wants, a budget, and a large target area so we had more options to choose from.
(Plus we happened to find a house we loved early!)
Post # 15
Apparently we’re abnormal but it took us 2 weeks. We saw probably 15-20 houses in person after having narrowed down hundreds online.
I think the buggest thing to remember is that you ARE going to have to compromise on something. No house is going to be perfect. For instance, we don’t have as much flat backyard space as would be our ideal but we are in a great location, the best school district in the city, a brand new home with great finishes, and have the finished basement and more sq. footage than we were hoping for. All of the positives outweigh the slightly imperfect backyard.
Post # 16
Darling Husband and I just started the process of looking for our single family home. I’ve purchased a condo and townhouse before on my own and found them in less than a month. I’m hoping we have the same luck when it comes to a house because we are expecting our first child in July and I really want to be moved in by May at the latest. So time is not our friend. We put an offer on a house this weekend and lost because the other person waived the appraisal condition. Fingers crossed that we find something we like this coming weekend.
@sugarcube: Good luck on your search! I’m sure you will find something that you will love. 🙂