Post # 1
DH and I are busy looking at potential houses. We have a few things on the table right now that we are considering:
1- Buying within our price range a house that needs few to minimal upgrades
2- Buying a home that is older, but structurally sound and needs cosmetic repairs done( this house is owned by a close friend and is 80k less than our current budget)
3- Option to build ( we haven’t ruled that one out yet). We have a few choices for the realtor and have seen the inside of a couple of the these already through it either being built or an open house.
Which one would you pick based on curb appeal?
Close to desired schools, has an amazing kitchen and also needs very minimal upgrades ( a few fixtures switched out, some simple yardwork)
#2- my personal favorite so far- I love a lot about this house, but it too would need some landscaping and also a little “maturing” done
#3-DH loves this house… it is not my favorite but he really likes the style of it. The kitchen is my biggest concern on this one as well as the ” fix up” things such as fixtures and paint. All totally attainable, but with the first two that would not be as much of an issue. That said- it is in a great location! Great schools and on the lower end of our budget.
Post # 3
I actually like your husband’s pick. That runs along my tastes.
Post # 4
Even though kids were a far away thought when we were house hunting it was on the top of our priority list. We didn’t want to have to move when we had kids and deal with a bad market like so many people we know are going through right now. So I pick #1 for the school. Plus the house only needs minor things here and there and is within your price range.
Post # 5
My vote is house #1. A great school district would be a top priority for me. Also I love the front of the house. It’s really beautiful.
Post # 6
Just from the pictures I’d pick #3 because of the land and the price. I can’t stand living on top of other people and need a decent yard or at least trees, you know? So #2 would be out for me/us. What size is the lot of #1?
Post # 7
I voted for #1, but really, #1 or #3. The first one is beautiful and you won’t have to worry about anything, BUT #3 is pretty, too, and on the lower end of your budget.
Post # 8
If all things were equal with all of the houses, and I was deciding based on curb appeal alone, I’d choose #1. Its by far the prettiest looking one.
Post # 9
@KristenGotMarried: It’s less than a 1/2 acre. The lot size isn’t too bad for the neighborhood, and it has a fenced in backyard. I do like the yard size of #3, which would be my draw to that one.
Post # 10
I think #1 is lovely, and #3 is pretty as well. #2 is not really my style.
Post # 11
My style is more for #1, the good school also hits big for me!
Post # 12
A great kitchen always sucks me in… I like the overall look of #2 the best. They all look nice though. As far as the last one, after the hassle of moving, I’d personallly rather not have to do a bunch of work on the house. We’ve been fixing ours up for 6 years and it still needs things worked on & updated.
Post # 14
Are they all in the same school system? Schools aresomething you can’t change, kitchens are.
Also, great school systems and locations greatly impact your long term value of the house in a positive way.
Post # 15
I like #3 because I can’t see the neighboors in the pic! It also tlooks like the lot is more room-ier.
Post # 16
2 are in the same school system and one is not but they all are good schools. We are really lucky in that we live in an area with great public schools. #1 & #2 are in very similar neighborhoods and fairly close to one another. #1 would be on the upper end of our budget and #2 being middle or our more desired range. #3 has its perks as well, and DH really likes the style of it so I am keeping it in the mix until we get a chance to do a walk through. House #2 we have seen because its across the street from a friend and it was just built. We LOVE that neighborhood, too. #1 is in a beautiful neighborhood, too– with spacious lots and close to town.