(Closed) How many houses did you look at before purchasing?

posted 6 years ago in Home
  • poll: How many did you look at before purchasing?
    1-4 : (7 votes)
    12 %
    5-9 : (16 votes)
    28 %
    10-14 : (13 votes)
    23 %
    15+ : (21 votes)
    37 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    6015 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    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
    Hostess
    18637 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I think I looked at about 10 on my own and maybe 4-5 with my husband.  It was exhausting!

    Post # 6
    Member
    267 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    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
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    7647 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    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
    Member
    7311 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • 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 # 9
    Member
    5423 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Somewhere around 50.

    Post # 10
    Member
    158 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    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 # 12
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    2424 posts
    Buzzing bee

    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
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    5892 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    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
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    6015 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    @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?

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