Tuesday, July 29, 2008

A Whirlwind Weekend

This past weekend we looked at over 20 houses in three days. Yeah, that is a lot. In fact it is so many that they are all starting to run together. When the realtor emails an update about a property I usually have no clue what she is talking about and have to look the property up to refresh my memory. It is like a light bulb that then goes off and I say, oh I remember that is the one with xyz that I did NOT like. However, let's face it I did not like just about EVERY house that we saw. Either the house was to small and the yard was perfect or the house was great with a tiny yard or, or, or...the list goes on.

BTW, thank goodness for awesome family! They are so awesome that they kept our kids Friday evening and all day Saturday (even though it was my brother-in-law's birthday) so that we would not have to drag the kids through that many houses. On Sunday, we did not want to burden them with our children again, so we did drag them with us and thankfully they did surprisingly well.

We did see a few promising ones, most of which were in foreclosure so we would be getting a great deal on them. The one that I liked the most was perfect on the inside. It met all of my criteria, had everything that I have ever wanted in a house except a finished basement. The yard was a bit on the small side and was not fenced in. I keep telling myself those two things are easily fixable. We do not need a finished basement because the house is so big that we can just use the basement as extra storage and then eventually finish it. The yard, well it does not have to be fenced in...we have never had a fenced in yard and it can easily be fenced in. I keep telling myself that over and over. Truly I am in love with the house and I can easily look past those two imperfections, but am I settling? Is there a house out there with an awesome backyard just waiting for me? Will it still have my garden tub, wood floors, fireplace, etc.?

I just do not know what to do. Oh internet, please help me. Tell me if I am being too picky, or if I should keep looking. Will I be settling if we buy this house even though I do love the actual house? While you're at it could you find me that perfect house and sell it to me at a reasonable price?

5 comments:

Kim said...

Where are you located again? Internet is hard because you see a house (like I did) and then my parents went to see it for me and now I know why it is not selling-it's on a corner of a main road. My parents just sold their house-it's hard because unless you build there is always something to do, refinish, fix etc. If you love the house you can still do wonders with a backyard with the right landscaper. Good luck. I am interested to see what you decide on!

Sarah and Matt said...

House hunting..Oh I know how much fun it can be but at the same time not so much fun. What kind of time crunch are you guys on? If you have time, look a little more, you never know what you might find :) Be happy with what you buy- it is a lot of money after all, even if it's a good deal. Good luck. I hope you find what you want or feel happy with what you decide. Either way we want a big house warming party!

Jennifer said...

So much excitement lately! I hope you are looking for houses closer to us and not farther away! Columbus?? Not too bad. With so many foreclosures out there right now you could keep looking a bit. On the other hand, if the house is perfect, why not go for it so that your family can all be together quicker! Hard decision.

Lisa said...

All right. Thought I posted earlier. Oops.
I think you can afford to be picky because it's a buyer's market. You should also be able to get an excellent deal on a house! Many sellers are eager to sell! Good luck and keep us posted.

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