Post # 1
My husband and I are currently looking for our first home. We are in our early thirties with no children but are also TTC. We both agree that we do not want a “starter” home and are looking for a home we will live in for 15 years+ so we have some very specifc “must haves”. In the past three weeks we have seen 11 homes made an offer on one but had to walk away due to the sellers counter offer, it was above our budget. Tomorrow we will be seeing another 7 homes and I’m already wanting to give up and just take a break its so frustrating! We are not in a rush to find a house it could take months and does not concern us since we rent and our lease is now month to month.
Just curious; how many homes did my other fellow bee’s see before finding the one?
Post # 3
@mishagirls79: Soooooo many. I can’t even count. It took us 10 months to find our house (looking every weekend and sometimes during the week), but our house is perfect and totally worth the wait.
Post # 4
We only saw about twelve in person, but looked at hundreds online. We were set on buying a house, and there wasn’t much inventory when we bought. To be honest, our current home didn’t become “the one” until we moved in and started making it our own. We kind of just settled, but love our house so much and realize we were just frustrated about the whole process when we found the right house.
Post # 5
We visited 3 or 5 open houses almost every weeknd for about 3 months until we literally saw every single house on the market with in our price range in the 5 towns we were interested in. We finally found a house we wanted when we decided our budget just wasn’t going to get us what we wanted and upped it about 20%.
Post # 6
We have been looking for 10 months, been to countless houses and visiting 5 more in the next 2 weeks. We’ve put in offers but something always happens. It’s frustrating and I’m about to give up.
Post # 7
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
About 60 over the 18 months that we were looking. Many of those were a total waste of time because I kept looking at the ranchers that Mr. LK liked even though I was never really going like one. I kept trying to like them, but no such luck. We literally looked at every house possible as it came on the market, just waiting for the right one to appear, and had 3 failed contracts along the way. It was very disheartening, but so worth it in the end.
Post # 8
Went to 5-10 open houses before contacting a realtor. Then saw 20 or so houses with the realtor. Put an offer on one house, that we lost (and were heartbroken, but now so glad we lost it). Had to see the house we bought a few times. The market was really tight and there was so little in our price range that had the space we needed. And this house was a dump. It was being run as a boarding house and we think 8-9 people were living here (we heard that at one point 13 people were living in the basement). But Darling Husband could see beyond the disrepair. And our inspection said the problems were all cosmetic. After cleaning and painting, we LOVE our house.
Dont lose hope, your perfect house is out there. Look past the cosmetic problems.
Post # 9
Oh gosh a lot, I remember that it was very frustrating because everything we were looking at was foreclosures. Nearly every house was trashed or in a bad area and I didn’t think we would find anything in our price range that was decent.
Thankfully we did, but I would say it was after looking at 30+ houses. It still needed some fixing up but that was what my husband wanted anyway and thankfully that is what he does as a career. It looks great now.
Post # 11
Got got really lucky. The house we bought was only the 7th we saw, and just one week into the looking process. We saw around 15 total I think. Just had to see more to make sure that the one we bought was really as good as it was going to get for us, and it was! Inventory is super low where we are, and prices are being driven up by it. Good luck to you guys on your search!
Post # 12
A lot. We were looking for almost a full year. We probably saw over 100 houses. Put in offers on 5, including the one we finally got. It was getting ridiculous. Like you though, we wanted the house that we’re going to live in until our kids (as yet unborn) are done with high school, so we had a lot of wants/needs.
Post # 13
I would say we probably saw about 20 before we made our offer, but like other bees I spent every waking moment on the computer looking at houses. But unlike you this really is just a starter house and I had to tell myself that constantly, since we will probably be buying again in 4-5 years I was able to compromise on some things. But if this was going to be our “forever house” we would still be looking! You don’t want to compromise on the house you are going to live in for that long!
Post # 14
I think we looked at 10-15 houses before we put in the offer on ours.
But then, we knew pretty much what we wanted– and we didn’t look at any foreclosures or short-sales. I think there ARE good deals to be had with foreclosures, it was just not something we wanted to contend with.
Post # 15
It took us about a month probably and we probably looked at about 30-50 or so homes.I was being VERY picky though but I could be because the market was just saturated with people selling.
Post # 16
Me and Darling Husband just bought the second house we looked at, not because we are desperat but when you know, you just know 🙂