Post # 16
mariastarlove : it depends on the layout and if you tend to be collectors or minimalists. Our house is about 1800 sq ft (1950ish once the attic is completed) and has an excellent layout with no wasted space. I think it’s plenty big enough for our family which currently has 1 child and we want a second. My husband thinks it’s on the small side but he’s also a low-grade hoarder. Once our attic is complete we will have 3 bedrooms, a playroom that is separate from the living room, plus his and hers offices. Most people don’t need an office and those could be small bedrooms instead.
It’s all about perspective. My mom grew up in a 3-bedroom ranch with 7 people and that was common then.
Post # 17
I just wanted to comment about the square footage. We are a family of 4 and live in a 3/2 that’s 1731 sq. feet. The house is a good size, but it can seem cramped at times. We’ve owned the home for 8 years, and we only had one child when we bought it. Now we have two, and have been through multiple configurations of rooms. When we had a baby they had seperate rooms. Then they shared a room and had a playroom. They actually love sharing a room. So, now they have their beds and toys in one room and we have den/office. This is working out well for us. I think if you have a decent size basement you should be good. We’re a close knit family and I think our small-ish home keeps it that way. Also, we use our outdoor space quite a bit. Your new deck is gorg so I’m sure you’ll be outside as well. I agree on what the PP said about limiting your stuff. I purge about once every 6 months, and it feels great every time. Congrats on the house!
Post # 18
Is your offer conditional on the inspection?
I had an offer accepted on a condo in foreclosure. I assumed the cheap price was just due to the bit of work it needed (I estimated about $10k in repairs). My offer was conditional on the condo doc review – turned out their was a special assessment of $30k looming. Pulled my offer, and it stayed on the market for a while.
Post # 19
minnewanka : the house is being sold as is and their first price when they put the house on sale was 320k, I don’t believe there is anything wrong with it. But if there is I think it will NOT be fixed by them and they will not give us credit/discount for us to fix it.
Currently my realtor is scheduling the inspection and I am so scared, I feel like each step of this process is so nerve racking. Omg then the assessment with my lender…. I seriously wish all of this could be done in one day and it wasnt like a slow process. But I am thankful that even though this is a foreclosure it is actually going quick in comparison to all the other foreclosure stories I keep hearing about that take a sweet time.
So far the document the bank that owns the property says they want to close on July 12… so that is not bad at all.
I really hope nothing is wrong, all I do is dream of that property and think about how I will decorate it and how cool it will be to live there.
Post # 20
WreckerBabe : so if I add the basement and I add the laundry area which isnt entirely finished it adds up like 550sqft more. So the space is there I guess it is just not reflected because it is not fully finished and stuff. So space wise we do have about 2250 sqft I think. Like I swear the place feels very big. We went to see several 2000sqft and this house feels and looks bigger than all the other ones. Also my husband is a bit of a hoarder and he doesnt know it or think so. We currently live in a two bedroom apartment and the second bedroom is fully packed with stuff he owns… almost nothing in there is important or truly needed. But I believe and hope that we wont be taking most of that. Because I dont want to bring garbage to our new place.
Omg I am in disbelief that our offer has been accepted and we are closer to the goal, I hope everything else goes well so we can be home owners… btw I think my husband is scared and wondering if this is the best decision I swear he is excited but also like he feels how heavy this decision is for us, mostly for him as the breadwinner. However he does love it and we CAN afford it. I can’t wait for it to all work out. Ok sorry I am rambling.
Post # 21
We bought a house that was on the market like that for a long time, and it turned out to be the MOST AMAZING HOUSE EVER! I couldn’t have had a better house now. Unfortunately we had to sell it.
I miss it every day. Just when I moved in, I also felt scared and always thought that something MUST be wrong. Nothing was wrong at all. It was the most beautiful place ever.
Post # 22
queenie8119 : awe yay that makes me feel so much better and less freaked out… why did you guys move?
I honestly am getting so impatient counting the hours till I get the inspection and appraisal so I can finally say that is MY HOUSE!
Post # 23
We bought a house that had been on the market for about a year. Part of it for us is that houses really don’t sell in the cold weather around here. It was not a foreclosure, but the sellers were not willing to compromise on anything so several negotiations fell through and the house definitely wasn’t in tip top condition, but nothing huge. It felt like home to us and we haven’t regretted it.
We have about 2 acres to care for. We have some of it kept as field or thicket/bushy/tree/wilderness so probably only mow 1.25-1.5 acres. My husband trucked along with a push mower for about three years, but with a second child almost here it just seemed to be a huge time and energy suck so we have a riding mower arriving this week!
As for house size, it really depends on the layout of the house. My parent’s house is 3700 sq ft, but it’s only designed for two people to live in it. Our house is 2700 sq ft and has three bedrooms. It’s going to feel comfortably full with 4 people and a dog. Newer builds seem to have a trend towards more bedrooms fit into a smaller footprint. If the house is meant to have more people, I think you’ll be fine. Even if it isn’t, you can always make it work. Barring vast amounts of children, there’s no rule that says you can’t fit the family you want into the home you have. Just keep the possessions to a minimum if you don’t want to feel squished.
I hope the inspection goes smoothly. Congratulations on the home.
Post # 24
mariastarlove : Family!
Both sets of grandparents lived in another town. I wanted the extra help for the LO. And, it was only better for LO to see his grandparents more often. Before we would be too far (over 60 KMs one way). Now we are 2 KMs!
Post # 25
Did you do a search for sex offenders nearby? That can make a house sit. Or a murder happening there or a creepy house stalker or something like that. But if none of those, assuming the inspection comes back okay, I’d assume it’s just because it’s a foreclosure.
Post # 26
Omg… help me plz… HELP ME.
I LOOKED UP THE SEX OFFENDERS LIST NEAR THAT ADDRESS… and there is one very very close to the house we are hopefully purchasing (we are under contract already, just gonna get inspection done and appraisal and closing.
This is what I found
The pink stuff is just me covering street names
This is the map around the house and the dark blue house is where the sex offender lives. The yellow one is where my house is, I also show how the backyard is designed so you can see where it faces.
And this is what he is convicted of::::
Statute: CHILD PORNOGRAPHY/FILM/PHOTOS, Victim’s age: 11, Offender’s age: 29
Plz tell me I am ok and this nasty pos is far enough for me to survive…plz tell me I am.not making a horrible mistake for wanting this house. I swear my stomach just turned and I want to vomit
Post # 27
Omg I did a search on where I currently live and I live three blocks away from another pos and 4 blocks away from another pos… this is soooo gross and I am seriously wanting to go hide somewhere so no one can see me and my kids…
I have two little boys and I want two more babies. 🙁 I don’t want any nasty people looking at them funny