(Closed) How many homes did you see before finding the one?

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 3
8439 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@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
424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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
14977 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
3276 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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
7310 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • 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
5891 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

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
4272 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

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 # 10
1426 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

At least 30-40!

Post # 11
886 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
231 posts
Helper bee

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
118 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
1190 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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
2201 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Me and Darling Husband just bought the second house we looked at, not because we are desperat but when you know, you just know 🙂 

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