Post # 17
LOL, I think my bedroom is 10×10, and I don’t think it is small at all. That is what I get for leaving Ohio for California!
If you guys are serious about this house, I would spend a whole day going to see houses of all varieties. If something really throws you, I would cool your heals. I went to school in Columbus, so I know that there are really great options around there. If you decide to wait, you WILL find another great house.
We looked at, I think, 14 houses? Basically three weekends in a row of looking. There is no way to feel 100% about such a huge purchase, but info will make you more confident.
Post # 18
Just FYI, we are definitely looking at other houses regardless. I have an appointment to see 4 houses (already built) on Sunday, and another model home next Monday. I do plan to fit in as many houses as we can possibly see in the next 3 weeks… but I still feel rushed because we’re out of town most of this weekend, all of next weekend, and the weekend after that Fiance is gone.
Post # 19
When we bought our first house, we looked at 3-4 places before buying our condo. When we bought our house up here, we looked at maybe 4-5 places in person before settling on this one. Honestly, though, I think my husband looked at hundreds of houses on the MLS listings.
If you don’t have a ton of time to see other houses before you need to make a decision, start looking online. In a couple of hours, you can see 10 or more houses within your price range. If you really liked any of those, you could go check them out in person. Many realtor sites and MLS listing sites even have virtual tours, nowadays, so looking online is very convenient and gives you a ton of options to check out in a short amount of time.
Post # 20
We probably looked at every established neighborhood in DFW. So I would say 100+ houses easy over a 6 mo period.
I know that when Fiance and I bought we specifically looked for a historic neighborhood because they are not usually as affected by a downturn in the market. This also means that our house is older. But we were much more concerned with things that we could not fix on the house like
location (we knew that we could by an awesome house in an okay neighborhood for the same as our good house in an awesome neighborhood),
zoning rules – we did NOT want to be in an area where an apartment complex could be put up – no offense to apartment dwellers but it does decrease the resale sometimes; nor did we want any type of businesses to come in and increase the amount of road traffic.
how large was the lot size – if the lot size was big enough and the house was not we could always tear it down and start over. But there was no way we could get more land.
Everything else we figured could be changed to suit our needs. We really wanted the best location possible and we got it. The neighbors are wonderful and kids play in the street and most parents walk their kids to the school 2 blocks away. A few weeks a go I came home and the neighbor’s little girl (4-5) was having a deep conversation with our dog (bella – st. bernard) about whether she liked being a dog (it was absolutely adorable!). I think location matters more than house because I can always fix the house but I find it very difficult to fix the neighbors or location.
So far we have renovated the kitchen and the bathroom and while it was stressful and annoying – I love it so much more now because it feels like our house!
Post # 21
- Wedding: October 2007 - Organic farm an hour from San Francisco
We looked at very few both times we bought. At most 5, and only because we felt obligated. San Francisco might be a specialized market because neighborhoods are tiny and prices are high… so very few places are going to be in your range in the area you want at any given moment.
I’m also incredibly picky. I agree, look online and weed out ones with deal-breakers and when you find THE ONE, make sure to look at comparable units in the area to make sure you’re getting the one you want at the price you want.
One thing I will tell you that people don’t tend to agree with is that if you find the place that is a MUST HAVE, do NOT stress about the couple tens of thousands between getting it and not getting it. Over the course of the mortgage, that $100 you pay extra every month is going to mean zero if you can’t find anything that is equal or better.
Post # 22
I went to 139 open houses (seriously) before finding our apartment. Every Saturday, I would make a list of places in our price range (and a little out of it) and go to all of them the next day. It look months, but because of that, when I saw the place that we ended up buying, I knew right away and was able to put a bid in that day.
Post # 23
We haven’t yet started the house-hunt, and I would say that having my backyard backing onto a highway may not be an issue. But, I would consider the growth potential for the neighborhood and the potential increased traffic. It may not be a big deal now, but what might it be like in 8-10 years when you want to sell.
Post # 24
When I bought my house, I looked at an average of 2 a week for 6 months. Fiance & I have been looking now. We’ve probably looked at 200.