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    Mistress of the Whip! Divia's Avatar
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    House buyers, a little advice please

    For those who have purchased houses may I ask how the house hunting process went for you?

    Currently I am looking at a general area, but I'm finding that what I can afford needs a lot of work

    This is what I am finding:

    Old country houses, which you know are drafty n cold.

    Or old city homes which have no land.

    There doesnt seem to be anything in the middle. I want a little wiggle room and a warmer house. will say that i tend to lean towards the older style homes, victorian, craftsmen etc. etc.

    I want 3 bedrooms and 1 1/2 baths. Sometimes I think I am asking for the moon.

    Has anyone else had these issues? What did you do? I know this isn't the perfect time to hut for houses, but I'm starting to become frustrated. I make decent money and I would like a decent house. Not a mansion, but something decent.
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    Find a good real estate agent - don't try to do it on your own. Let them know exactly what you're looking for and give them enough leeway because they may find something you love but weren't expecting. They have access to so much more than you and they'll put in the time that you just can't to do the preliminary legwork on everything.

    I was renting in LA and wanted to buy in the Vegas area. Through networking I found an agent that I liked that specialized in the area I was most interested in. She would email me listings she thought I'd like, and I'd email her ones that I found (and if they seemed to be good, she'd go check them out and call me with details). Every week or 2 I'd fly into Vegas in the morning, she'd pick me up, we'd look at 10-15 houses and I'd be home by dinner. It took about 3 months until she found me the perfect house. And she took care of everything, got me a lender in the area, hooked me up with a handyman and a gardener, etc.

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    This, this.

    Quote Originally Posted by BCI Guy View Post
    Find a good real estate agent - don't try to do it on your own. Let them know exactly what you're looking for and give them enough leeway because they may find something you love but weren't expecting. They have access to so much more than you and they'll put in the time that you just can't to do the preliminary legwork on everything.

    I was renting in LA and wanted to buy in the Vegas area. Through networking I found an agent that I liked that specialized in the area I was most interested in. She would email me listings she thought I'd like, and I'd email her ones that I found (and if they seemed to be good, she'd go check them out and call me with details). Every week or 2 I'd fly into Vegas in the morning, she'd pick me up, we'd look at 10-15 houses and I'd be home by dinner. It took about 3 months until she found me the perfect house. And she took care of everything, got me a lender in the area, hooked me up with a handyman and a gardener, etc.

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    BCI Guy is right, get a good Realtor, and be aware of what is available in your price range, so you know what kind of compromise you're going to have to make- you'll always have to compromise, unless you have a couple mil. to spend.

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    All of the advice above is good. I would add the following:

    1. Try to stay emotionally detached. This will help you determine the house's value objectively. My wife made the mistake of falling in love with a house and she couldn't see some glaring issues because she was emotionally attached to the place.

    2. Have a contractor ally with you to take note of potential issues. If you have a friend who's in construction you can trust, that would be ideal. This will let you estimate how much repair and upgrade costs you are looking at short and long term and knowing such details can be a powerful bargaining tool.

    3. Don't let your realtor push or pressure you. They make comission so they might try to herd you toward choices or pressure you to close on things or make compromises in the interest of a quicker sale. Do not do this. A home purchase is huge, take all the time you need to get something you are happy with.

    4. Trust your gut, if you get a vibe to run away or feel cautious its probably for a reason.

    Good luck on your hunt and I hope you find a place to call home.

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    Guess I gotta echo the "good realtor" advice. Our realtor was a BIG help, 'cause she understood what we wanted and went along with us when a house fell through for us and we wanted to put hunting on the backburner for a bit.

    I understand the frustration though; it took us FOREVER to find what we wanted, and in the end (we just bought the house we're in now a few weeks ago) we got most of what we wanted in an okay area. We're right across the street from a school, but there's a certain point where you got most of what you want in a house and you just aren't gona find much better. I mean, we could, but we've been looking for so long that we had to take this one 'cause I don't know how long it would take to find another one that had so much of what we wanted.
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