Post # 1
Our realtor has shown us 12 houses and so far I haven’t found one that I love. I know I will have to compromise on some things, but I want to find a house I really like, as Darling Husband doesn’t want to move for a long, long, time (maybe 20-30 years)!!! He thinks maybe I’m being too picky…
Just curious, how many houses did you see before buying?
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
- 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
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
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
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 # 15
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
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
PS. Redfin services most of MD. It’s a great online resource for house hunting.