Post # 1
Just curious! Fiance and I may buy a house since he’s going back to his old job and we’re both happy where we’ll be and don’t see ourselves changing jobs for a while. We’re going to see one on Saturday we found in an area we’d like to be in. Its well under budget and looks nice. If we like it, it may be the only house we consider based on the market offerings. The idea of only looking at one house seems strange, though.
How many did you look at before purchasing?
Post # 3
I had three area’s I was interested in. I looked at alot online, but it’s so hard to really picture things without being in the home. I’m glad I looked at so many, a few of the listings online didn’t show the “pool” in the basement, or the skylights that had been roofed over but still had the frame inside, or the mold.
Why not pick 3 houses in the area just to make sure you’re making the right choice. It would probably take a few hours to do three.
Post # 4
I think I looked at about 10 on my own and maybe 4-5 with my husband. It was exhausting!
Post # 5
@HisIrishPrincess: We were thinking about something like that. Unfortunately there are very few with basements in the community (private lake development) =( the others on the market that do are out of the price range we’re willing to pay…. I’m expecting we’ll go look at it and hate it haha then we’ll be back to square 1 lol
Post # 6
We really liked the second house we saw, but looked at 8-10 more in the area just to see what was out there. I’m glad we did, because when we bought our house there was no second-guessing that there might have been something better available.
Post # 7
Two. We have a very, very small housing market becuase we are in the oil boom. We only looked at houses we knew we could afford based on our preapproved financing.
We looked at one house that we loved, but they weren’t willing to come down (and after a while we lowballed and the relator said no, didn’t even give the owners a chance to decline it, and now they are at lower than what we offered funnily enough).
Then we looked at the house we will be closing on next Wednesday. Just to be sure though we looked at one other house in the area and it looked like a 1st grader painted the walls, so we ultimately ended up buying the second house we looked at.
Post # 8
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
For my first house, just 1. It fell in my lap and was a deal I couldn’t turn down. For our forever home, probably about 60 in person, and several hunderd more online. It took us 18 months of house hunting to find what we were looking for.
Post # 10
We built our first home. and We probably walked through 30+ homes until we found the plan that was perfect for us. Looking online helps but you dont know what you want until you walk through it.
Post # 11
@megz06: This is kind of what I see happening if we end up liking it. There are verrrry few houses we would even consider on the market in this area. And about 4 of them total have basements- absolutely must have in this area for resale potential. Its also super ‘cheap’ for what we believe we’d be approved for (we carry $350 in monthly debt which is my car payment a quick calculator said we’d qualify for $450k)
Post # 12
Well, we looked at A LOT because we started our search by just going to open houses every week. At that point we weren’t seriously looking to buy but just wanted to know what was out there.
We started going to open houses in early June and continued through early August. So if we saw on average 3-4 a week, we must have seen about 30 houses just that way.
In August we decided we wanted to move our timeframe up and contacted a realtor, who took us to 6 houses. But we ended up with the first house we ever liked during our open house excursions!
Post # 13
We did something similar. We starting looking at open houses in Jan, early Feb. I started looking seriously online (if you have it in your area, use Redfin. best real estate site out there). Mid- Feb (few weeks earlier than we planned), we started seeing houses with a realtor. We saw 3-5 houses every week for about 6-7 weeks. We lost out one offer. We got the 2nd offer we made. I was so heartbroken to lose the first house, but now I’m sooooo happy we lost that house. We ended up in a location that is so much better (I wasn’t looking in this area initially) with a much larger house.
Post # 14
@jpalm13: lol … do not bypass the storage. I seriously wish someone said .. where will your christmas ornaments go, or (since I’m THE only girl and inherited them) where will all the photo albums go ….. I just wish I really had thought about storage… I’m not a horder but seriously .. no storage?
Post # 15
@KoiKove: I’ll have to see if that site is in my area! I hadn’t heard of it. We’ve been mostly on local realtor sites and zillow.
@HisIrishPrincess: I’ve been in two houses (growing up), one dorm room, and three apartments. Fiance has lived in 4 apartments and one house (growing up- no basement, same lake community). We have a lot of stuff and know better haha There’s a reason all of the basement-less houses are still on the market almost 2 years later! We could ‘sacrifice’ it and live on the water. But its about $100k more (still affordable), however, the kitchens look like the Brady Bunch’s kitchen and there is cedar paneling in EVERY room. Toooooo much work and investment for my taste!
Post # 16
@jpalm13: oh the bricks? no no no