(Closed) How long did it take you to find your home?

posted 9 years ago in Home
Post # 3
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We found ours in only about a month or so.  We looked at about 5 inside, drove past a lot of them though and didn’t like the area.  Once you put in an offer, they usually only have a day to respond to it so as soon as you find something and have an offer accepted, you will probably have it in about a month or so.

It might be a little different now if you are trying to low ball sellers, since some people don’t want to accept less for their house (even if that is what the house is actually worth).  If you like a house that is priced too high and they won’t drop the price, just move on.

Post # 4
5977 posts
Bee Keeper

It took us quite a while. We started in March, and finally found our home at the end of August. We had a quick close, only 30 days, so it was a whirlwind!

We were being very picky though, and we knew what we could get for a certain price in our area. Once you’re pre-approved, everything mortgage-wise goes very quickly!

Good luck!

Post # 5
1363 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I was just going to post the same question!  The hard part is finding the right place to make an offer on!  I assume it would be a lot easier if we had more money and were less picky about where we buy something.  

We’ve seen at least 30 houses since mid-August, and have considered two, but still haven’t written an offer on anything. There’s not a lot coming on the market since it’s winter, and I’m starting to get totally bummed.  My Brother-In-Law and SIL looked for a little over a year before they found the right place. I’m hoping we will find something before the tax credit ends in April.

Post # 6
4385 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We’re a little different I guess, since we bought a new build. But we started looking at pre-owned homes and about 3 weeks later decided that new was the way to go for us. That was in October and we’re moving in at the end of February (yay!). The house had already been started when we bought it!

Post # 7
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

My first home I sent a few months looking because I didn’t know what I wanted in a home, I’d always lived in a dorm or apartment.  I also started looking in one area of the city and then later decided to move back to my home town so that started it all over for me.  The Fiance and I have found our dream home and would love to build it.  It took us a few Sundays of going into model homes to find it.  It is a little more then what we want to spend and we just sold his house and I’m not ready to go through that process with the wedding in two months.  So we’ll probably wait until next year.

We closed on his house in November.  The buyers looked at the house the 2nd week of October and made an offer that same week.  It took 4 weeks to close.  They were already pre-approved.  It just took that much time to do home inspections and appraisal.

Post # 8
1108 posts
Bumble bee

I think I called/met our realtor in mid March, our house was listed near the end of March, and the end of June, it was ours.  It was pretty fast, the sellers wanted to get to FL asap, so they had left before the closing… I think we spent maybe two days in April making offers, May gathering paperwork/financing/etc, and we closed in June.

All in all, it took just about three months (to the day) between our realtor showing us the listing and closing/taking posession.

Post # 9
1145 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2000

late February -we (got engaged)started looking as we figured out our budget

March -financing, looking

early April our offer was accepted

late May I moved in and we combined budgets

early October married

3 months for the whole home process;  I think that was exceptionally fast but we were realistic with what we could afford and adjusted as we looked. We also worked with a friend that was a very good realtor.

Post # 10
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

From the day we stepped foot in the first house we looked at until the day we signed a sales contract = 3 weeks, crazy!

I’ll say this though, we were looking at new builds and older homes simultaneously, and we were looking HARD (like, constant searching online, and looking at houses weekends and multiple weeknights). I think we saw about 10 houses in person and hundreds online. 

I do think that one reason ours went faster is because we went with a new-build (no consideration for upkeep of the house, decorating, remodeling, etc). 

Post # 11
2054 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

It took me less than a month…I was looking for a house in october thinking that the first time home-buyers tax credit may not be renewed…so we went pretty hard core. We looked at about 20 houses total all in three weekends…and I always kept coming back to the on I ultimately ended up buying. Im in love with it and I dont think any other house I looked at I would have been comfortable buying.

Post # 12
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I looked for 4 months at 100 houses.  I found the best deal around for the 2005 market, and when I sell this year should still make a profit despite buying in an up market and selling in a down one.  It pays to really shop!

But it took a month to close.

Post # 13
900 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We were looking casually for a long time…like 6 months.  We saw our current house in October of 2008 for the first time; didn’t love the price…kept looking.  We finally put a bid in March…didn’t close until May.  (We actually had to rent the house from the owner for the last couple of weeks while in escrow.)

My sister has a much different budget and looking for about 6 months and didn’t find anything in her range.  Investors were swooping in and paying all cash.  She bid on like 30 houses and never even got a response!  She took a few months off and she and her husband moved in with my parents to save more money and she’s just starting to look again at a slightly higher range. 

Things are crazy in San Diego!!

Good luck with your search! That’s the best part!

Post # 14
1514 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

It depends, once you’re approved and you find a house it’s about 30-45 days.  in 2007 when I bought my house it seemed to go really fast.

Post # 15
671 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

Best advice I can give you — take your time!  I rushed into buying my last house and totally regretted it.  Didn’t feel right until I sold it five years later.  Listen to your hearts.  Make sure your instincts tell you “this is the place!” 

Post # 16
1048 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - City Hall

It took us about 3 weeks to find a house we wanted. Once we put in the offer and volleyed back and forth a few times, it was accepted after about 5 days (including over a weekend). Then, it was I think 5 weeks until we closed. 

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