(Closed) So how many houses did you see before settling (buying) for one?

posted 7 years ago in Home
  • poll: So how many houses did you see before settling for one?
    Just the one : (1 votes)
    2 %
    2-5 houses : (17 votes)
    27 %
    6-10 houses : (8 votes)
    13 %
    10-15 houses : (12 votes)
    19 %
    16-20 houses : (7 votes)
    11 %
    20+ houses : (17 votes)
    27 %
  • Post # 17
    Member
    2580 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I think we looked at about 20-25–we actually only did 2 weekends. It was frustrating at first because we just couldn’t find anything that felt right. Everything needed so much changing and updating that it seemed overwhelming.

    When we walked into “our” house (we close on 12/19), I just loved it immediately. Obviously no house is perfect, but this was by far the closest we found in our price range. I got more excited every room we went into, because it was just what I wanted. I did have keep reminding myself to try to stay emotionally detached until our offer was accepted, though, because it can be kind of a roller coaster when you are in an uncertain position.

    Post # 18
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    8470 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    OMG!  These numbers are making me nervous!  We just recently got a realtor and have not been to ONE house yet…. and our goal is to close on one THIS SPRING!  I cannot imagine another year in an apartment.  I think I’m running out of time!!  I’m not sure this is even at all possible anymore. 

    Post # 19
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    10363 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    There’s next to nothing on the market here, and only very specific types of housing – you’re either getting a craftsman bungalow (which all have almost the same layout) or a brand new condo (which are only in a couple very specific neighborhoods and are very similar). Since we knew we wanted the condo/townhouse, we did tons and tons of research online to get a feel for sizes, layouts etc. So few of them come open that we didn’t have the luxury of waiting around to see a bunch – stuff goes off the market here within 3-7 days typically…you need to be ready to pounce. We saw two properties, bid on both. We got the second one after the first buyer changed their mind (yay!)

    Post # 20
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    5474 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @Rubbs:  I bought my house 2 years ago, when there were like 10 houses per neighborhood listed for sale.  We were almost overwhelmed with the selection.  I don’t think it’s quite that bad anymore, besides… all you need is to see THE ONE HOUSE that you love and want to live in 🙂  Don’t stress!

    Post # 21
    Member
    10452 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    We saw about 20 but then I checked probably over 100 online. 

    Post # 22
    Member
    3277 posts
    Sugar bee

    We looked at 3, but the one we bought was the first we saw.  We just wanted to look at a few more to confirm our decision.

    We are very decisive people, and were very realistic about what our money could buy us where we live (which means small house = big money), and we had researched it quite a bit before hand.

    My job also is visiting home care to seniors, in the area that we wanted to move to, so I’ve been into a ton of houses in the area.  We saw several on MLS that I had been to to visit clients.

    Post # 24
    Member
    78 posts
    Worker bee

    I said 16-20, but that’s just an estimate. I think it was like 18 or 20, but it could be more. They kind of ran together. I’m closing in January.

    Post # 26
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    128 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We only looked at about 7 before we absolutely fell in love with the house we ended up buying. I spent a lot of time online looking at houses and narrowing down some of them based on the pictures and location. Doing research before going to look at the houses helped a lot and kept us from getting overwhelmed. The home search was the easy part…the contract and working with the bank for the mortage was incredibly stressful!

    Post # 27
    Member
    78 posts
    Worker bee

    @candy11:  Yay!! I hope that everything works out perfectly!! I’m so excited to start a new year (well, most of it!) in a new home. 

    Post # 29
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    8470 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    @DaneLady:  Thank you for your reply!  You make a good point.  I am also very easy to please, it’s my husband that I’m worried about!  Tongue Out

    Post # 30
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    2104 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @Rubbs:  We were outbid 5-6 times? It took us 9 months and a much larger budget. We were t being picky there is just low inventory here. I think we put an offer on the house we bought after 7 days. We were under contract 11 days after it was put on the market. 

    Post # 31
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    8470 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    @MrsBroccoli:  One thing about budget though, I’m going to try my hardest to stick with it.  I was like that for my wedding and ended up $3000 less than my budget.  Smile

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