House hunting

12 Feb

It must have been so hard finding a house back in the day.  Grandma told me how she used to go out with a real estate agent every day for 3 months before she found her house.  What would people with little kids do? Or people who worked?

Lucky for me, there is now a little thing called the internet, aka teh interwebs.  I perused the real estate websites and waded my way through thousands of potential houses/townhouses/apartments/duplexes without having to actually go and see most of them to eliminate them from our shortlist.

We did go to a number of open houses over the last couple of weeks, only seeing the ones we’d thoroughly checked out and liked online, including google maps to see if we liked the area.  Some we didn’t actually get to go see because real estate agents all seem to like having open houses at 11am on Saturdays.

On Saturday, we saw a townhouse that we really liked.  It was spacious, had 3 toilets, a courtyard, and was close to Grandma’s house.  As soon as we got home, we made an offer.

The real estate agent called the owner and within an hour got back to us, saying “she really needs ____.” It was 5 grand more than we’d offered, but I said ok, we’ll offer ____.”  He said he’d call her back and get back to me.

The next day, he messaged me with “Hi Cheri (yes, he spelled my name wrong) Just heard from the owner they owe the bank $_____(15,000 more than our last offer) and need _____ for the bank to release the deeds.  Sorry guys, they are bound by the bank.”

Let me just point out that our original offer was $6,000 more than the “offers over _____” price.  If you actually must get $26,000 over the offers over price, then you should probably adjust your advertising.  To me, that is actually false advertising.  They didn’t need offers over $_____, they needed overs over _____+$26,000.  So how about advertising it for that price instead?

Needless to say, we told them that we were not prepared to offer that much.

We then got a message back saying “Hi Cheri, just spoke with the owner she is trying to negotiate with debtors to sell the property for $___ (our second offer) will possibly know tomorrow or Tuesday.”

In addition to knowing the price you actually need for your house, you should also speak to your bank and figure out your finances before advertising your house for sale.  Just a thought.

In the mean time, I kept eyeing the flyer of a duplex that we’d seen the same day.  The more I thought about it, the more I thought it would be a better choice for us.

“What do you think about the duplex?” I asked Aaron “I think we should make an offer.”

We made our offer yesterday, someone else made a higher offer, we counter offered, they backed down, and the owner accepted our offer which was 5 grand more than what we offered for the townhouse. Or maybe there was no other bidder.  Maybe that was just a ploy to raise the price, but what if it wasn’t? Then we would have lost out.  It’s a tricky game this real estate business.

Last night we signed the papers and put down our holding deposit, and subject to our 10 day cooling off period and our getting our finance approved (which shouldn’t be a problem since we have pre-approval, but you never know), the place will be ours.  We’ve only been looking for 2 weeks.  Ok, that’s a lie, I’ve been perusing the real estate websites making lists of places I like for a while.  But we only started actually seeing the places 2 weeks ago.

Hopefully, we will be moving into our new house (new to us, but it is pre-loved) in six weeks.

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I also registered for all of my classes today, so not only will I be moving, writing my book, and turning 30 in the next few weeks, but now we’ll be moving too.  Good times.

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4 Responses to “House hunting”

  1. Michelle February 12, 2013 at 11:05 pm #

    Congratulations on the house!! How exciting!! The pictures look very nice too! My husband and I just aren’t too far ahead of you in the house buying process. It feels like it was yesterday we were in the searching process and now we should be moving in about three weeks. The time goes by very fast. Good luck with everything! Once again, I always enjoy reading your blogs! 🙂

  2. Ida February 13, 2013 at 2:09 am #

    Congratulations! The house is adorable. I love this phase where there is so much planning and wishing going on. Good luck!

    • Mommy Adventures February 13, 2013 at 5:34 am #

      It is fun! We’ll just see how much of it actually happens….

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