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post #1 of 24
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My husband Shy and I have decided it's time to buy our first home!!! We've been looking for the past 4 weeks and man, I had no idea how hard this was!!! I've seen about 50 houses in the past month! I've seen some really great homes but we both couldn't agree on any of them . I think we have found "the one" but I want to see a few more just to be sure. I'll keep you guys updated and I'll post a pic when we decide on one. Well, I'm off te see more houses! Wish me luck!

p.s. Is house hunting SUPPOSED to be this hard?!?!
post #2 of 24
Good luck! I'll keep some positive waves going for you.
House hunting is hard. Either you don't like what you see, it's outside your price range or you can't agree on what you like and what you don't. Pity there isn't an easier way.
Something will come up, though, I just know it.
post #3 of 24
The house i'm in now i knew it was the one as soon as i walked through the door!.

The kitchen was the first room to see and that did it for me because it was big and i've always wanted a big kitchen.

Lots of luck!!
post #4 of 24
Oh good luck! Keep us updated!
post #5 of 24
How exciting! Good luck to you!!
post #6 of 24
good luck
post #7 of 24
My wife and I only got the house we live in now because we went looking for homes on a holiday weekend when everyone was at barbeque's.

The market in southern Cali is expensive, and everyone is pretty desperate to get a home they like, so if you aren't one of the first few through the door you'll be like the 10th bid in line.

And of course, the home values are sky-high, so when the market "burps" there's going to be a bunch of people in a bunch of debt... ;-(

Kind of makes me wish I lives somewhere like... Virginia! ;-)
post #8 of 24
Take as much time as you need. We just moved into this house last year this time and already we are thinking of selling and moving. I really like the house but my husband insists he needs a workshop, so we'll keep looking. A house is the largest investment you will ever make so look carefully.

Keep a list of the things you liked about each house you saw and make a list of things you MUST have in a house.

I sometimes think it isn't until you've moved to your 4th or more house that you really know what you want. After living in a house for a while you see things that aren't that good about the design or things that you would definitely want in another house, etc.
post #9 of 24
50 houses is a lot to look at. I read that the average couple looks at around 18 houses before making a decision, so good luck with the one that might be "the one" for you two.
post #10 of 24
well this is our first house, but we rent for the moment!
well we kind of have to since we dont have a career or the money to buy a house.
Now the house is very cosey, its a bit small but its okay,
its only 30sq (sp?) so the loungeroom,bedroom, study is all in one!
We plan to move into another house as the design in this house isnt really perfect. I want a balcony for my plants and for somewhere for teufel to play on
I dont really like living on the roof so thats definetely out of the question for my next place. Im glad im not so tall because bf keeps on hitting his head! haha.
our kitchen isnt really a kitchen, we have a portable stove and a small pizza oven. I cant bake cakes or cookies or other delicious foods,
plus the way i cook i need 4 stoves not 2.
good luck with your house !
post #11 of 24
Don't get discouraged. My husband and I looked for our 2nd home in another city for 2 years before stumbling on the right one. My husband commuted to work (an hour away) for 2 years while we looked. He talked me into coming to look at a house in this neighborhood even though I knew we couldn't afford it and on the way home we saw another one.

We put a call in and the people told us that they had put the sign in the yard 10 min ago. They weren't ready to show yet but I talked them into letting us have a peek and we made an offer!

Turns out they needed to get out quick b/c they had put money down on another house so we got it 25K below appraisal!

Talk about being in the right place at the right time!!

It will happen with time, don't rush it!

Good Luck!
post #12 of 24
Good luck finding you new house!!! I know it's hard work but it will be soooo worth it when you find the perfect house for you and your family. I think your smart to take your time and look around. I know several people who jumped right in a bought one of the first houses they seen and are sorry they did.
post #13 of 24
Kelly, we are going through the same thing. Frankly, it's like a second p/t job! We are really specific in what we want though.... a distressed property and at least 1 acre without too much forest, we like sun. You'd think that we could find something...but it's exactly what we want that everyone else wants! We saw a great place, 2 acres in a sunny, flat location overlooking Tiger Mountain and it sold 4 hrs prior to us being there. We've seen about 10 places and we're told it's going to be about 6-10 months. You're also in Virginia, which I hear is an extremely tight market. So Good Luck!!!
post #14 of 24
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I looked at a few houses today but they weren't acceptable at all. I need lots of room for the kitties to play! I went back to see the one I thought could be "the one". The more I think about the potential the house has, the more I want to make an offer. Also, the owner dropped his asking price so I'm thinking he'll be willing to negotiate.
The house has 2 stories, a 2 car garage and is over 2,000 sqft. It has 4 bedrooms and the master bedroom has a master bath. You wouldn't believe how many houses I've seen with no master bath! It has 2 fireplaces and hardwood floors. The appliances and bath fixtures need updating but that's something I would probably change in any house. It's in an upscale neighborhood near a country club so I could finally learn to golf!!
My father-in-law used to be in construction so he's gonna come down on Friday and tell me what he thinks. (He's very wise when it comes to houses and real estate). If he doesn't find anything unexpected, we're gonna make an offer the same day!!!
However, the house is in Bristol, Tennesee. We JUST moved here from Charleston, West Virginia and had all of our vehicles registered in Virginia so I'm gonna have to spend all that money to change everything. AAACCCCKKKKK! Oh well, another whole day at the DMV!!!
Thank you, my TCS family for all of your encouragement and sharing your knowledge and experience with me!! Maybe if we get the house, all of TCS can come for a visit (or maybe just a "virtual visit")!!!
post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by Yosemite
Take as much time as you need. We just moved into this house last year this time and already we are thinking of selling and moving. I really like the house but my husband insists he needs a workshop, so we'll keep looking. A house is the largest investment you will ever make so look carefully.

Keep a list of the things you liked about each house you saw and make a list of things you MUST have in a house.

I sometimes think it isn't until you've moved to your 4th or more house that you really know what you want. After living in a house for a while you see things that aren't that good about the design or things that you would definitely want in another house, etc.
This is so true. My boyfriend and I just bought a house two years ago this comming June, and with this experience under our belts -- we will do better with our next house. We love our house but there are something we would like to be diffrent and somethings we now know we can't live without. For example we have a bathroom in our bedroom, a first for both of us, and it is now a must. As for the kitchen and living rooms, we wish they flowed into each other for one big great room instead of being seperate rooms. House hunting his hard but rewarding. You'll know when you find the right one -- Good Luck!!!
post #16 of 24
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Originally Posted by sashacat421
Kelly, we are going through the same thing. Frankly, it's like a second p/t job! We are really specific in what we want though.... a distressed property and at least 1 acre without too much forest, we like sun. You'd think that we could find something...but it's exactly what we want that everyone else wants! We saw a great place, 2 acres in a sunny, flat location overlooking Tiger Mountain and it sold 4 hrs prior to us being there. We've seen about 10 places and we're told it's going to be about 6-10 months. You're also in Virginia, which I hear is an extremely tight market. So Good Luck!!!
Good luck to you, too Elizabeth!! I know what you mean about being specific. My husband is a lot pickier than me because he knows if the house doesn't have something I want, he'll be fixing it or buying it. lol! We balance each other out well, though. I do hope you find the house of your dreams!
post #17 of 24
Jerry and I took the first house that we found that was in our price range, and boy are we sorry. N ot that we don't like the house, but it's way too small, and the houses are way to close together.........take your time!
post #18 of 24
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Originally Posted by Kellyyfaber
Good luck to you, too Elizabeth!! ..... I do hope you find the house of your dreams!

At this point, we'll take the shack of our dreams.
post #19 of 24
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by sashacat421
At this point, we'll take the shack of our dreams.
That's funny, I know what you mean!!!
post #20 of 24
my bf's only requirement is that he can openly pee off the porch without anyone seeing no matter what time of the day. So basically that means no road and no neighbors or a big fence. My requirements are acreage and expansion possibilities.
post #21 of 24
It took me 2 yrs and 2 different realtors to find my house. And I know I settled when I chose this house. It was the first house in my price range that didn't need major repairs.

My next house will be a ranch with 2 bedrooms. I can't go with less than 3 bedrooms. I love having a guest room and a sewing room! Also, my laundry room will be on the same level as the bedrooms. Currently I need to carry my laundry down 2 flights of stairs. I also want a more open floor plan. All of my rooms are cut off from each other.

Best of luck to everyone finding their dream house! Owning your own home is an amazing experience. I could never go back to an apartment!
post #22 of 24
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Originally Posted by Sweets

My next house will be a ranch with 2 bedrooms. I can't go with less than 3 bedrooms. I love having a guest room and a sewing room! Also, my laundry room will be on the same level as the bedrooms.
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Yep yep yep! And I want to knock out the back walls and put nothing but french doors all the way across, like 4 or 5 sets. Then build a porch overhang and let the wisteria just wrap around it all.
post #23 of 24
Congrats on house hunting!

I have to say with this house, we knew as soon as we were standing in the breakfast room, looking out the back window at the land - rolling hills with a layer of snow on them! lol!

Should it be that hard? I dunno... ours was fairly simple. Our first house sold in one day and we got with our realtor and she printed everything in our price range that was three stories and had four bedrooms and three baths with both formal living room and family room on same level, and some land with it and was in the area we were looking. She only was able to print out about 12 houses because we had certain specifications we wanted.

We then narrowed it down to about 6 houses that we wanted to look at, with our hearts fully set on one (by the photo). We went to house #1 - it was too old and too much work, not worth it... but very adorable on the outside. House #2 was contemporary style and couldn't get by the strange layout. House #3, we couldn't get ahold of the owners to come look at it but the area didn't thrill us so we didn't pursue it. House #4 was the house we had our hearts set on, but when we walked in the door, it stunk of dog really bad, and had a funky basement set up, and the entire house was the master bedroom it seemed lol! We were so disappointed, that we started driving toward house #5 (which was taken off the list and put back on - we really weren't thrilled with the photo of it). When we drove up to it, I thought - heck, this didn't look like the photo at all... but when we stood in that breakfast room and saw the view, we loved it. I turned to DH and mouthed the words "this is the one"... and he shook his head yes. We looked at the rest of the house which was what we wanted but a little dated (which we have completely updated with tearing walls out, redoing things, etc., we are getting new siding and new swimming pool, etc. this spring along with a huge deck that will extend along the back of the house completely.... some of our last "major" improvements). Anyway, we talked with the owners, tried not to look excited, and then were heading over to house #6 and as soon as we got in #6s driveway, we told our realtor. Nope, we don't even want to walk in - #5 was the house for us. We went back, wrote up a contract, and they took our offer immediately.

That is how ours worked... I am sure it is different for everyone lol! Do you have specifics you are looking for? That may help narrow things down so you won't be looking at too many houses...

Good luck... house hunting (and selling) is fun!
post #24 of 24
Sending (((((( good vibes ))))) to you Kelly hope you can find the house of your dreams
Good Luck!
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