The House Shopping Saga Continues
So, as you know we have been house hunting. I understand why people tell you to start shopping early. Our original plan was to start house shopping in the fall. Fall’s here! But we decided to start a little early. Interest rates and house prices were rising, so we decided maybe we should find a house.
I think we have seen 20 houses, and so far nada. Well, not nada, we found a house we loved, and were disappointed when we didn’t get it, so we took a 2-3 weeks break. In that 2 break, a similar house sold in the same neighborhood. Aww…shucks. Well, here’s to learning, right?
We have learned so much through this process. Well, I speak for myself, since this is my blog.
As a first time home buyer, we didn’t know what we wanted. But the more houses we look at, the more houses we did not like.
Layout is so important. We have seen houses with 2,000 square feet, but figured out 500 square feet was just wasted. Terrible layouts. But the house prices are influenced majorly by the location and square footage. So a 1600 square foot home will go for $150,000 but a 2000 square foot home will be$20-$30,000 more, even if it’s 400 square feet of wasted space.
Is a realtor really worth it? My husband and I pretty good negotiators compared to most people. So, I wonder if a realtor is doing nothing more than showing us houses? Just a thought. Redfin is great at listing MLS. So if you start house shopping, sign up for Redfin! It’s great, shows you trends, and the houses.
It’s hard to compare one house to another. They are not straight comparisons.
We want to live next to this huge park in our city. It’s a halfway point between our jobs, easy access to highways, and in a mature neighborhood. The trees are amazing! The park is also beautiful.
So, here’s to hoping we find our house before our lease is up at the end of December!
You would not find a house in Texas like the one before, but I thought it was an adorable house!