Monday, June 20, 2011

Home Search FAIL

For those who also are my FB friends, you probably saw my status that said something about seeing 4 homes and no winners.  But what I didn't mention was the utter awkward-ness of it all.

For starters, we hadn't met our realtor yet in person.  We'd never sat down with her to tell her what we wanted in a house.  C set the whole thing up (based on a rec. from my SIL) over the phone and through e-mail and we agreed to meet her at the first house.

The first house was my choice.  It's pretty close to our current home and it was large.  Like, 5 bedrooms and 3000+ square feet.  The price was right and the location was pretty good for us as well.  I was excited to see it, C was ok with it.

When we got there, there was a sign on the door that said "No showings today 6/18" but the old man in the garage told us to go in.  The little boy inside told us that no one was supposed to be in the house because they decided they weren't ready but never bothered to call us.  I was ready to leave but our realtor told the boy that his grandpa said it was ok so he sat down and let us walk around.

The house was large and the layout was nice but it was obvious that these people hadn't been caring for it.  The inside needed a serious face lift.  And C didn't like the fact that there was no backyard, only side yards.  We were there for a max of 20 minutes and left.

The next house was nice (and def. better cared for) but with 2 bedrooms upstairs & 2 on the main floor it doesn't work for the family we plan to have.  I can't have Addy downstairs from us.

The third house, OMG the third house.  I had no idea what we were getting into and our realtor would have warned us but since we never told her what we wanted she didn't know.  (Take notes if you are entering the home buying market!)  The third house was FSBO (for sale by owner) and these owners took it upon themselves to give guided tours of the whole house.  AWKWARD!  He followed us all over the house, telling us what rooms were what (thanks for pointing out that kitchen, never would have guessed!) and all about when it was built/added/installed.  

A few notes about this house: smelled like smoke from the moment we walked in.  Carpet in EVERY. SINGLE. ROOM - kitchen, both bathrooms, AND on the wall of the wet bar in the basement!  Everything was crazy old.  Mirrored walls, wall paper in every room, etc.

The backyard was nice.

Needless to say, we politely viewed the house and got the heck out of there.

Fourth house was nice, but again the set up was just wrong for us and it needed a little work that I'm not willing to put into a house.

More viewings tomorrow but we are definitely off to a weird start!  

Home Sellers - Don't be home when it's showing time!

1 comment:

  1. Oh no! Sorry it was rough. Remember Anne is very patient. When I was searching, I looked up all the homes and told her which ones I wanted to see. But you can always say, "I want x, y, z... find me a home!" And she can show you point you to ones that she thinks fits what you're looking for. When I first started looking, I saw TONS of homes that needed WAY more work than I ever wanted to do, but then figured out how to weed through those on the internet too. Good luck! :) You can always drop Addy off with us if you need to!