Is this a red flag?

posted 4 months ago in Home
Post # 16
7906 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

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
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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
360 posts
Helper bee

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 # 21
754 posts
Busy bee


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 # 23
796 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

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
754 posts
Busy bee

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
531 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

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. 

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