(Closed) How many houses did you see before buying?

posted 6 years ago in Home
  • poll: How many houses did you see before buying?
    1-5 : (18 votes)
    19 %
    6-10 : (27 votes)
    28 %
    11-15 : (14 votes)
    15 %
    16-20 : (10 votes)
    11 %
    21-25 : (7 votes)
    7 %
    26-30 : (3 votes)
    3 %
    31-35 : (1 votes)
    1 %
    36-40 : (4 votes)
    4 %
    41-60 : (4 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    5977 posts
    Bee Keeper

    If you’re too picky after only 12, I’m horrible! We saw almost 100 houses by the end of our search. We were also looking for our forever home, so we wanted to be sure that it was something that we could grow into as well as update to our own liking. It took us forever. So try not to get discouraged!

    Post # 4
    Member
    5787 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    You’ve barely seen anything! We’re like 15 houses in and we may put a bid in and I’m worried we haven’t looked enough.

    Post # 5
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    1095 posts
    Bumble bee

    I can’t remember exactly how many houses we looked at, definately upwards of 50. We’d been looking since October and just when we had given up, we found our house! We just closed 2 weeks ago, moving in September. Patience really pays off, you don’t want to settle when it comes to your house.

    Post # 6
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    14445 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I think we actually visited at least 20.  I lost count.  Many of those were Sundays spent driving around looking at 4-5 open houses in an area that fit our criteria and looked like it was worth looking at.  There were dozens more we didnt bother going to see after seeing a listing.  We did the open houses for at least 2 months just abuot every weekend.  It might have even been over 30.  We looked at literally every single house in the 6 towns we wanted to live in that fit our needs for space, #bed/bath and in our budgets.  We finally threw the budget out the window when there was nothign else to look at and bought a house we loved 20% over our original budget.

    Post # 7
    Member
    4606 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    My realtor showed us around 20 and sometimes I wish I had seen more, but I don’t think I could have made a choice if I had.

    ETA: I saw about 15 more on my own through open houses and things like that. I have no idea how many listings I looked at.

    Post # 8
    Member
    1934 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I saw 6 homes altogether.  I decided to buy a house on a Monday.  Saw homes Tuesday and Wednesday – put in an offer Wednesday.  Thursday it was accepted and I had my home! 

    Craziest thing I’ve ever done, hands down, but I knew it the moment I walked in!

    Post # 9
    Member
    13099 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    We saw about a dozen in person and hundreds online.

    @morkiemama:  We were the same way.  We walked in to one and just “knew”.

    Post # 10
    Member
    7311 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    We looked at about 60 homes in person. Look, if you are looking in MD, be prepared for it to take a while. We spent 18 months in the market and had 3 deals fail before we finally got a winner. Lots of people will tell you that it is a buyer’s market. But if you are looking in the DC metro area, that’s a lie. There is no buyer’s market here. The Baltimore market, which has typically been a bit more forgiving in the past, is only slightly easier right now because BRAC is bringing a lot of new families to the area. Inventory of nicer homes is very low because people don’t want to (or can’t afford to) sell at these lower prices, and the foreclosure/short sale market is filled with houses in really rough shape.

    Check with your realtor. He/she will be able to tell you if your need/want list is unreasonable for your price point and search area. If you are being reasonable, it makes absolutely no sense to settle. Be patient until the right house/right deal comes along. If you are being unreasonable (e.g. wanting a single family with upgraded everything for $200k), then you will need to adjust your expectations or increase your budget.

    Post # 11
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    2815 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    We looked at maybe 10?  When we walked into the house we’re getting, we just knew. It had everything we wanted and then some.  We saw it on Friday, put an offer on it that day and it was accepted the next day.  We spent a total of about one week looking at houses.  We close next week!  Oh, we’re in MD as well.  Where are you looking to buy?

    Post # 12
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    2106 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    52 houses. Bidding wars on a few, walked away on a few, seller walked on 1… I think we bid on 5-6? Took us 9 months. We saw 2-5 houses on each tour- 21 tours. 

    Post # 13
    Member
    1415 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    We really didn’t see that many–just enough that we knew what we were looking for and the great place we found when we saw it!

    Post # 14
    Member
    8337 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    100+ I think…

    Post # 15
    Member
    5670 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    We probably looked at over 100 houses. We had full access to the MLS so we would pick areas that we were interested in and spend weekends going to all open houses in our range to get familiar with what was on the market. It helped us really see what we would get for our price point in different neighborhoods that we wanted. And of course we saw any house that we liked online that didn’t have an open house. Do you think maybe you can get a listing of all the houses on the market as well as the ones your realtor is choosing? Sometimes you may see something that the realtor may be passing over based on the criteria provided.

    Post # 16
    Member
    7311 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    PS. Redfin services most of MD. It’s a great online resource for house hunting.

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