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

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 17
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@mishagirls79:  probably dozens, maybe over a hundred? we weren’t in a big rush until they came out with that tax credit a few years ago. We also weren’t looking for a starter home.

Everyone told me that I would just walk into a house one day and know it was *the one* but this never happened. Eventually we found a house we liked in a neighborhodo we liked.

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

The home we purchased was the 2nd we saw. We knew when we checked it out that it was a winner. We saw 8 homes in total as well as a bunch of listings and went back (with our families) to see the one we ultimately bought.

We were looking for a starter home and it had everything we needed/wanted + an unbeatable kitchen (OMG HUGE!!!).

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

We went to a couple of open houses and were scouring the online listings for a few months before we decided that new construction was the way to go, for us. We never did sign with a realtor  (why pay them a commission when you can sign directly with the new construction company?!), and we started to build our own house! We still got a great deal, a free refrigerator and $3000 towards closing.

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

One! We fell in love and decided we didn’t need to see anything else. We had done research online for prices,etc. on different developments.

Post # 21
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

We looked at probably 20 or 25, so we found ours fairly quickly.  (This was after eliminating a lot of options just by looking at their MLS page.)  But, we were not looking for our “forever home”.

Keep at it!  Try not to get discouraged!  The absolute worst thing you could do is get tired of the process and settle.  Unless you have really unrealistic expectations, the right house is out there for you, so you just have to be patient and keep your spirits up while you look.

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

A lot, I think I lost count after a while haha.  We were looking for almost 3 months and saw 3-5 houses every weekend.  (Most were appointments, some random open houses).  So I’d say over 40+ at least.

I looked on MLS constantly and had new listings emailed to us daily.  It is a lengthly process, and you don’t want to settle with something you don’t like.  We only started feeling the pressure of having to buy a house when we sold the condo and had a month until we had to get out.

So if you don’t have any pressure of having to sell at the same time or having to move out at a deadline.. then take your time and be picky!  Each house is different and you never know if a house that is listed on the market later is yours.

 

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

A million. At least, that’s what it felt like. It was probably closer to 60. I remember sobbing on the bathroom floor at one point, completely wrecked by the exhaustion of house searching, the anxiety of our living situation, and the emotional sadness of having bid after bid fall through. It was easily one of the most awful periods of my life.

Post # 24
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Bumble bee

We saw 4 homes on our first house-hunting day, and immediately dropped two of those from our list. We really liked one, but apparently it had 4 offers on it already! Before making an offer on the other one we liked from that day, we decided to take a look at one more, and that helped us make our decision. So I guess the total number would be 5! We had a list of about 15 or so that we were interested in, but didn’t look at most of them because of various things (top of our budget, etc) We are pretty efficient, haha. Went for our first house-hunt on a Monday, and had the offer in on Saturday, closing ~2 months after the day we first looked.

Post # 25
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

i think we did about 20 walk throughs made an offer on one house guy countered and we countered and then he took it off the market and then we found our dream house which ended up being alot better for the same price.

we also spent 8 months looking ,driving around. getting flyers looking on internet realtor sites…

Post # 26
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

We saw about a dozen in person and hundreds online.

When we walked in to the home we bought, we just “knew” it was the right one.  It made it very easy to know when to stop our search and put in an offer.  It just felt right.

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