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3.12.2015

Thoughts on House Hunting

even though we don't technically need a place until the end of august when my lease is up, the guys can move at any time so the house hunt has begun.  and not just looking at online listings, but actually working with a real estate dude and going to see houses in person.  now, let me just start by admitting that house hunting is not my jam.  some people think going to open houses is fun but i am definitely not among those people.  sometimes there's wine and cookies so that part is fun, but the fun stops there and also i could just eat cookies and drink wine on my couch while watching netflix so it's kind of a wash.

ideally, i want finding a place to be like house hunters.  you know, where there's 3 options and then you pick one.  yes, i realize it's fake, let me have my dream.  in real life, you look at lots and lots of houses.  [or maybe just we do?  is it just because chicago provides a ton of options?  or because i'm searching with two guys who can't even decide if they want sausage or pepperoni on their pizza?]

and by 'lots and lots of houses' i mean we've seen ... 3.  with 2 more to see this sunday.  and yes, i'm already over it.  i think i'll make it through the 2 this weekend and then 1 weekend after that, and then i'll be done and john and eric will be on their own.  i. hate. house hunting.  of the first 3, john and i are ready to go with house #2 but it's too high in price for the updates it needs.  i told john just to make an offer anyway, see what happens.

but he also wants to keep looking.  i think it's because his mom told us they looked at 100 houses before picking the one they're in now, and he thinks that's the norm.  i will not look at 100 houses.  i will die.

it's boring, tedious, and exhausting at the same time.  they all start to look alike and i care very little about the specifics like lot size and how the existing wiring looks and what kind of windows are installed.  here's my specifics, which i could answer without even setting foot in the door - is it close to some sort of public transportation to get me to my job?  is the neighborhood safe? (which i mean in the broadest of terms because i currently live near western and fullerton and feel free to look up the crime stats on that.  nowhere in chicago is really that great, let's be honest.)  and does the dog approve of the nearby fast food and delivery options?  cool, done, let's buy it.

so all in all i'm ready to quit house hunting and just pick something, but the process has barely even begun.  and it's not at all like my easy house hunters dream.  but then john commented that he didn't like the kitchen in house #2 because the walls were painted pink and in that moment i really DID feel like i was on house hunters because OMG PAINT COLOR DOESN'T MATTER, YOU CAN CHANGE PAINT.

31 comments:

  1. haha i love this!! i love HGTV like it's my best friend, but I hated house hunting. We live in a small city and there is just not a lot going, and we saw some really awful houses. The first halfway decent house we saw, we bought. we probably saw 10 and spent maybe 2 or 3 weekends? it was too much. we like our house but we don't like the neighbourhood, so one day we'll have to move and i'm already dreading the selling this one and buying another one. i love looking online, but why can't HGTV just come help me.

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  2. I'm the complete opposite! I love house hunting! I didn't at first when my budget was small and most of the places were just a big let-down, and I don't like open houses. However, I think it's the judgy side of me that loves going in and openly critiquing places. If I lived anywhere near Chicago, I'd totally volunteer to go house hunting for you. Could be a new business idea in the works... hmm..

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  3. House hunting is the worst. I remember being really bored and frustrated. Then, trying to see past what was there to see what could be there.

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  4. Ha if you think house hunting is bad, wait until you try to SELL your first house. Death. I'm ESPECIALLY not looking forward to putting our house on the market now that we have a dog. Drama central.

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  5. oh man. I'm struggling with finding our next place to rent, so I can't even imagine what it's like to be searching for a place to buy aside from knowing in the back of your mind that at least you'll be there for a real amount of time! good luck!!

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  6. i actually enjyoed house hunting other than the few hoarder type houses we walked into and walked right back out. We probably saw about 15 houses total before deciding on the one which was the 2nd house we'd looked at. Good luck with your search!

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  7. Yes! I hated house hunting...have no intentions of having to do it again...I will just make my tiny home from scratch and be done with it :)

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  8. I'm one of the weirdos that likes house hunting. I mean, I've never been in a position to buy, but I like looking at houses.


    Except when I actually need one. If I'm moving, I hate the entire process.

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  9. So this is hilarious to me because you are so you and together that I'm surprised that the planning part isn't for you. As someone who lived in a house where the pipes were rusting from the INSIDE OUT, I have to be on Team John with checking the wiring and stuff. Because paying for major projects is the worst. You'll find it. Good for you for starting early! I loved house hunting and was bummed that we found our house ourselves and never really considered another!

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  10. I don't even know how many houses we looked at, but it got to the point where I sent the realtor and husband out to look, narrow the list down to 5, and I would look at 5 houses a week, if that. But we probably looked at close to 1,000 houses. So ridiculous.

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  11. I am so with you. I've been putting it off for as long as I can, but I really need to get in touch with my realtor. She's known I would eventually be calling I just haven't done it. I didn't mind tagging along with other people looking, BUT I'm not a fan of making the decision myself. Good luck! When my parents have looked in the past I think a dozen was the max they looked at.

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  12. We only looked at 4 houses before we put an offer on our house. Part of me wanted to keep looking because I didn't feel like we had seen enough. But we ultimately decided that why pass on something we loved, just because we saw it early on in the process.

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  13. Looking at 100 houses is NOT the norm. And OMG I feel bad for the realtor because they never get paid until the deal closes. MFD has been that realtor twice and I'm like by the time you're done you've made $0. Next!


    I dread house hunting again. MFD will typically go and look at places first so I don't have to go unless it's a distinct possibility.

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  14. Here is what you do, let the boys look at all the houses. Tell them to narrow it down to three then you look at those houses.

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  15. house hunting totally sucks. i feel your pain.

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  16. Every single time when a House Hunter poo-poos a property because of a paint color I want to punch them right in the face. IT'S PAINT, not a structural necessity to the property, people!

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  17. I am weird, and I really enjoy house hunting. Butttt I am in real estate...so there is that! My husband hates it and was so done when we were looking at our house. I say we looked at maybe 25-30 houses before we found "the one." In fairness to that number, we looked in two different areas. If we had just stuck to our area we are in...it would have been like 10.Best of luck to you guys!

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  18. I like to watch all of the house hunting shows but I hate house hunting. Just browsing houses online is exhausting for me, I can't imagine actually going there and checking them out! Good luck with your search though, hopefully you won't have to get anywhere near 100 houses lol.

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  19. i'm the worst when it comes to house hunting because i have trouble visualizing the space differently...i always take it for how it's presented so if the walls are a gross colour, i'd probably feel like how john was feeling and not like it...my husband has a knack for seeing things differently and just seeing the space itself.



    that said, you do need to take a look at a lot of houses. it's awful and you'd rather shoot yourself in the face but you'll definitely know when you find THE HOUSE.

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  20. OMG on the paint color. Yes, that is so not the thing to focus on. Haha! I looked for over a year for my house. It was right around 50 houses or so. Worry about the big things not the small things.

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  21. After our experience buying our current house, I refuse to move for a long, long time. It really is one of the worst things ever. but it's so necessary because it's your house and you don't want to buy a crappy one. That said, it would be nice to have a personal house shopper.

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  22. Just to make you feel better when we moved to Ottawa and were looking for a house we went through 47 viewings ( in three weeks) and sadly Kent loved the 2nd house we viewed and I loved the 3rd house but we needed one we both agreed on. Don't settle though because you will regret,,

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  23. I can't remember how many I looked at but I thought I was never going to find a house.

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  24. I hated the whole process of buying a house. Including looking for one. So I feel you... 100%. Also - my current suggestion: believe no one who tells you it will cost approximately X to update or change. No one knows. I'm in renovation hell presently. And it hasn't even really started.

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  25. I'm going to start house hunting soon. I am not looking forward to it at all. Not one bit.

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  26. Good luck eh? If only it were as easy as how the pros make it look on House Hunters. :)

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  27. LOL, I enjoyed reading this. I hate house hunting. Steve and I had our house built for that very reason, we didn't want to have to deal with lookin at a million homes. Oviously I know that's not an option in the city, but I feel your pain! Now I want you and John to be on House Hunters because that would be so amazing to watch. Much mmore interesting than all the other toolbags. Good luck Steph, hope you guys find something sooner rather than later.

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  28. LOL I'm sure it's tedious - we are not there yet but in about two years will be, for now we're happy renting. It's easy and everything is taken care of - although we have a new management group and they suck dick so we'll see.. If there's no wine, just have some in the car ready to go ;) A lot of it can be done online now though, instead of perusing to 100 houses, do it online, pick a top 20 and call it a wrap. I'd shoot someone too if I had to see 100 houses! I'm picky enough I'm sure I can narrow it down! Good luck and patience my dear. Have a great weekend Stephanie! -Iva

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  29. Im an HGTV junkie and I wish when Im house hunting it would be like pick one of three ... obi reality isn't that but man i feel you. 100 houses is ... a lot. I hope for your sake he doesn't follow in those footsteps. Still I love reading / watching the house hunting process!

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  30. I am going to start house hunting with my boyfriend at the end of August and I'm kind of excited but kind of dreading it. I'm such a bad bargainer...I feel like if it's as close to perfect then we need to jump on it. I never want to leave a decent deal even if we could come back a week later and the price has dropped.

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  31. I think there's so many options in Chicago, constantly selling and adding more, that I'm totally overwhelmed. We've seen some crappy places too though. I would love to find one and just be able to stay there, no moving again! That's the dream, right?

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