Now that the holidays are over Kristian and I have started the whole house hunting process. Our condo is under short sale and we are estimating we'll need to move sometime this spring/early summer so we can't put off looking for a new place any longer, especially since we'll probably end up buying a short sale and as anyone whose been through that process knows it can take a LONG time.
Our realtor sent us a bunch of listings over the weekend to review and I marked a few as favorites though there was one in particular that really jumped out at us and that we wanted to see right away. So last night we met up with our realtor, Ken, to check out the townhouse.
A little about the townhouse: it's only 9 miles from my office (umm awesome!), it was a bit over our ideal price range (not so awesome), it had a cute little front porch, a deck and small fenced in back yard, two decent size bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, a good size finished basement with a fireplace, hardwood floors on the main level and a decent size kitchen.
Overall we liked the house, it wasn't perfect but it had a lot of the things we were looking for. HOWEVER, the biggest drawback and what ultimately made us decide against it is that it backs right up to another row of townhouses. There's only a few feet in between what would be our fence and the back neighbors fence and you can see right into each other's houses. Which means no privacy and never being able to just leave your blinds open.
Since Kristian isn't a fan of townhouses to begin with (he wants a single family home, which unfortunately is out of our price range) he said he could only do a townhouse if it backed up to woods or other open space. And I agree. Otherwise it gets to feel very claustrophobic.
It was good walking through with our realtor though because now he has a better sense of what we want and don't want. If this house backed up to woods and ideally had another bedroom I think it would have been close to perfect. We really would prefer 3 bedrooms so that we could have a guest room/office and a future baby room and we definitely need a basement (finished or unfinished) for Kristian's "man's cave". We plan to live there for at least the next five years so we need some room to grow.
So on to the next one. Since we, like most people, want much more than our budget can really afford I suspect it's going to be a long tedious process.
For those homeowners out there, how many houses did you have to see before you found "the one"?