So ladies and gents, we are officially house hunting! It’s super exciting, but I can see that the process sometimes takes a really long time. At first I really thought it would be a simple thing, see a house that looks good online, set up an appointment to see it, or hit the open house, love it, put in an offer and done! In theory that’s it, but we have run into pushy agents, deceiving photos, and some other bizarre things. We haven’t even put in any offers yet! Maybe we are being typical first time home buyers, but whatever this is a super big deal … it’s our first home, first mortgage, and it’s a big deal so yes we are being selective.
We have picked an area we would like to live in and we’ve been going through Zillow, Trulia, and other sites to look at different homes within the target area. Once, we see something good (or our agent alerts us to something that might work) we either drive by and look at the outside, what the neighborhood is like and research the local schools. If we can’t make it to see the neighborhood, I will use Google maps to see what the surrounding area looks like, it’s very very helpful. In fact, we’ve crossed homes off our list because the area just didn’t have the feel we are looking for. For example, main road and a huge armory directly across the street. Talk about eye-sore!
But if I’ve learned one thing, it’s not to get overly excited about any home. In fact, I’ve decided not to get attached to anything until all the paperwork is signed and the keys are in my hand! But that still doesn’t stop me from making Pinterest boards for potential houses with design ideas.
So ladies, do you own? If so, how was the purchase process?