Friday, September 09, 2005

House Hunting....


I thought this would be fun. I thought I could go and look at houses on the weekends in the areas of town that I wanted to look at and close the end of December or mid-January so that I could be moved before the end of January and out of the apartment. I was aparently dreaming.

We met with the real estate agent (REA) last night and got bad news after bad news. When we told him our price range and that we wanted at least 2 bathroom and more than 2 bedrooms and the radius that we wanted to look at, it narrowed where we will live down to Norcross or Duluth. When he started looking at how long homes in that area stay on the market most of them are only on the market 10 days or less. This means that any home that I look at now will not be available in December or January.

He then started explaining the problems with closing around that time of year and how people don't want to move. Now it looks like we won't be making an offer on a home until January or later which puts the closing in February or March which mean an extra 2 or 3 months in that aweful apartment. It also puts off looking at houses in person till November or later but he suggested waiting until January when lots of houses go on the market.

Everything he said makes sense but I hate waiting. Once I decide to do something, I like to get right to it.

Mood: Frustrated


Blogger Valerie (grvlgal) said...

Ok, but here's the flip side.

Houses that aren't available now will be available in December/January.

People that are selling in December/January know it is harder to sell during that time of year and may be willing to give you a better deal on the house just so they can get out from under it.

So for all the negatives, there ARE positives. Might be better to do the actual looking closer to when you're ready to buy to avoid more frustrations.

It is a hair-pulling experience.....or a hair cutting one for me. So feel free to call and rant anytime you need to!

11:20 AM  
Blogger kirabug said...

Yeah, and at least you get some holiday/vacation near the end of the year you can use, even if all you do during those days is look online, or fill out paperwork. You'll need those. Plus, if you move in January or February you have all your year's vacation bank open again to use. And best of all, no Philly snow storms!

1:18 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

Hope your house hunt gets better!

One little thing... there are some safe areas of Norcross, but there are some that look okay but that I wouldn't go near with an armed bodyguard. If you like something, call the police dept and ask to talk to someone in crime statistics/analysis to see what they say about crime in that neighborhood. If nothing else, the dispatcher may know what things are like in that particular area these days. I kind of recommend that you do this about anywhere you want to buy a house, doesn't hurt to be careful.

5:56 PM  

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