Post # 1
- Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast
When home shopping… how many houses did you actually go into to see before you found your house?
I’m just curious what is “normal”. I’m finding that I really need to SEE places in person before eliminating them but I hate to be a ‘burden’ on the realtor who has to take time to schedule it and meet with us every time. I think we finally found a realtor that we like and we’re going to see our second house with her tonight. I’m hoping some of the ones on my “possibility” list will have an open house… but none are scheduled yet.
Post # 2
amberback: When we got serious about looking (as in, we finally found an agent and scheduled real showings, not just popping into open houses once in a while), we saw about 6 houses on our first night out with the agent. A few days later, we put in an offer on one of those initial houses and were successful in our bid. No regrets! We love our house and marvel at the fact that our agent made a ton of cash on basically hanging out with us for one night!
I would not feel bad about “burdoning” the agent at all. As long as you’re serious about buying a house, you are not wasting their time. They make a significant amount of money from the transaction – this is their job. Otherwise, why use an agent, right? Not to mention that this is likely the biggest and most important purchase you will ever make. Better to be safe than sorry.
Good luck on your house hunt!!
Post # 3
We saw three houses total. But, we did a ton of research on homes before we viewed them, so we had a very good idea of what we were looking for. We were very lucky that we found a house we loved and got an offer accepted so soon. We had no expectation that we’d find a house after the first weekend of showings; we were predicting that we’d see about 5-10 homes before finding one. The realtor was also amazed at how quickly things went for us.
Post # 4
amberback: I worked with the realtor who unsuccessfully put my dad’s house on the market. She did NOT pull her own weight and continued to take me to crappy houses that needed a lot of work that were way overpriced and in bad neighborhoods. I think in total I went to about 7 houses before I found “the one”.
I found “the one” just by driving around neighborhoods in the part of town I liked. There was a for sale by owner sign, and I called her up and bam, put a $5,000 retainer down. Didn’t have to pay the realtor a ridiculous commission either. So I think in all it took me about 2-3 months to find it.
Now CLOSING on a house is another can of worms.
Post # 5
I’d say we looked inside ten houses.
Post # 6
amberback: such an interesting one!
okay, the first house i ever bought (in 2008), i looked at a TON of them in real life. i just couldn’t decide and what i could afford at the time wasn’t what i REALLY wanted (no neighbours behind me, bungalow, etc). i finally settled on this one, knowing that i wouldn’t live there forever, but it had great curb appeal!
my second house i bought in 2010 without seeing it in real life! i was moving back across the country and looked at a bunch online and sent family to see a couple in real life and they picked this one:
a couple of years later, i had to move for work. i THOUGHT that this would be a long term house, so i was really really picky about it! i saw at least 20-30 houses with my (very patient) realtor and finally settled on this one because it backed onto greenspace (but was still in a subdivision)
and now, FINALLY, after years of trying to find my dream home, i finally have (AND this is the only one in the area that we looked at lol) we JUST moved in and i absolutely love it and plan on never leaving 🙂
Post # 7
This was the 3rd house we looked at 🙂
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
amberback: I think we visited 9-10 houses (and I vetoed about a bazillion via the internet). Don’t worry about making your realtor work – that’s her job! They’ll start to want to close the deal, since they get paid whether it’s the 1st house or the 30th house you see, so don’t let her subtly pressure you into settling…
Post # 9
I bought the 16th house I visited (I went to about 20 in all).
Post # 10
Oh goodness, it had to be around 50+…we looked for over a year..seriously looking for about 6 months. We weren’t being overly picky, our budget was just on the lower side for NJ and some houses had too many problems. We love our house now and it was worth the wait. We absolutely love our neighborhood and constantly say “how did we luck out like this?”. This house won’t be our forever home, but we will definitely be here for the next 10 years or so…until we grow out of it!
Post # 11
Don’t worry about over burdening your realtor. We looked at about 200 houses, and ours was great the whole time! We live in a big city and were looking in a highly desirable area, and our realtor warned us against houses we thought were nice but he thought were a bad idea. So happy we listened because our house is perfect for us!
Post # 12
We looked at around 15 I would say spread out over a few months.
Post # 13
Probably 30-40 over 6 months. I was very picky about the towns I was willing to consder, with a budget that didn’t quite match buying a decent house in those towns. We’d plan a open house route to hit 3-4 houses each weekend, and eventually just saw every house on the market that fit our criteria and still didnt like any. We ended up having to up our budget by about 20% and then settled on the house we have now.
Post # 14
- Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa
amberback: as long as you aren’t visiting 30+ houses, don’t worry too much. If you do truly want to see everything, though, maybe you need an alternate way to eliminate homes. I once showed a couple over 50 houses, and they said things like, “Yeah we didn’t think this one would work! ” then why am I showing it to you?
Post # 15
I can’t even count how many I looked at (30-40?), my budget kept going up, but I ended up buying the 6th one I made an offer on 😛
ETA: I worked with 6 realtors over a period of about 6 months of serious looking, if I’m remembering correctly.