Monday, March 26, 2012

House Hunting Headaches

Over the weekend we went and looked at houses. Again.  And townhouses.  This has been going on for a few months now.  A quick back story about our house hunting so far:  The very first house we looked at was a first time home buyers dream.  Not a single thing needed to be done to it.  We even liked the paint colors.  But we got into a bidding war and backed down.  It was the first time we had put an offer on a house and we were too nervous to stretch our budget.

So the search continued.  We then found a short sale that we thought was going to be a good investment.  Great location for the hubby to get to work (and he could let the dog out at lunch = HUGE plus), not so great for me.  But that was ok because the house was huge and had a pond in the backyard.  It was going to need some updating over time, but totally liveable.  So we sat back and have been waiting. And waiting. And waiting.  Gotta love a short sale.  I had accepted moving out of our current area (which I really like) and was even looking forward to it.  It made sense.  We can get way more for our money down by where my husband works.  Our current area is well, pricey.

Then, we had a game changing decision made.  The hubs job was going to be changing a bit and he was going to be working out of a new office.  By where we are currently living.  Argh!  "Really Reynolds?  After all we have been through?" (ha ha you are now seeing where the name of the blog really came from)  As much as we like this house and see the investment potential, it just doesn't make sense for us both to have a long commute.  Especially when we like the area.  So we are back to square one.  And we have expanded our search to include townhouses.  In theory, we can get a nicer space in a townhouse.  But man even some of the townhouses around here are out of our budget!

House hunting is turning into a huge headache!  What do you do when what you want looks like this:

Exterior Photos traditional exterior
And this:

Candlelight Homes - Custom Home - Draper, UT traditional family room

Lakeview Residence Bedroom traditional bedroom
traditional bedroom design by chicago architect Rugo/ Raff Ltd. Architects
Source: via Katie on Pinterest

But what you can afford looks like this:

Ok so maybe I am exaggerating a little bit.  But it kinda feels this way after looking this weekend.  Finding a big enough space for us, with a basement, and a 2 car garage, in a good area that isn't totally hideous or really really old is a lot harder than we thought.  I think I'm feeling that headache coming back......

Any advice for first time home buyers?  Or at least a headache remedy?  How did you find your first place?

1 comment:

  1. I hear ya! Where do you guys live? We currently live in the #1 most expensive city to live in the world. No really, we do. The AVERAGE home is over a million. Fifteen minutes outside of the city you can get a townhouse for over a million. So great! NOT!