Adventures in House Hunting, Buying a House

Let’s share our House Hunting Stories

Welcome to Adventures in House Hunting.  My wife and I are in the process of seeking a larger, more family-friendly abode and I thought what better way to commemorate our anniversary (1 year today) than to start a blog chronicling that process.  While other blogs and articles can describe the steps to buying a home in a wholesome vanilla manner, my goal is to share the good, the bad and the ugly side of house hunting.

In years past, people bought a starter home and then upgraded once children arrived, usually by moving to the suburbs.  Given the current state of the real estate market and our age, a starter home isn’t really an option.  Therefore, we are looking for our Forever House — the house we are going to live in for either the rest of our lives or the next closest thing.

Like many people today, my wife and I each bought a condo before meeting one another and now have two properties that are too small to raise a family in and too underwater to sell in this market.  The term is Reluctant Landlord.  Unable to sell a property (usually a condo) the Reluctant Landlord attempts to rent out their place until the market rebounds enough to unload it without bringing money to the table.

My goal for this blog is to describe our actual interactions and real experiences with Realtors, loan officers and home owners while visiting open houses and viewing homes for sale.  There will be tales of overpriced homes, unrealistic sellers and desperate Realtors trying to sell a crapshack in a tight market.

While I’m doing that, I’d also love to hear your stories too. Did you get a great deal on home?  Get screwed at closing?  Deal with a whacky realtor or see a house that made you run away screaming?  Please share your stories as well.

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