We have been house hunting for several years now. We even came close to buying last year. Recently we saw an ad for a nice big house in one of our desired areas. It was expensive and a little above our budget but we decided it was worth a look anyway. We weren't able to get a viewing immediately as the house was popular which is typical for any nice place for sale here but we managed to get an appointment for last Wednesday.
The house is lovely! It's the end terraced house with a nice little garden and it's spacious. It was built in the early 90s but it has a newish kitchen and bathroom and generally looks very modern. So now we've decided to make an offer. We are going to the bank early next week to figure out how much and to apply for mortgage pre approval. We will have to offer a little less than the asking price probably as it's just so much, especially once you add on the taxes here and the realtor fees.
The only problem is that the house owner is already in negotiations with another interested party so we will have to hurry with our offer. I was hoping we would have time for a second viewing, maybe with a surveyor. If our offer were to be accepted though we could then still get a surveyor just to make sure the place isn't about to fall down before we would sign anything official! Either party can back out here until the notary appointment.
I love this house and really want it to work out but if not then I hope we would find another equally great house soon.
It's so hard to find a house you love and then have complications -- we have a house that was The One That Got Away, and we look wistfully in its general direction every time we pass it. :) There are lots of beautiful houses out there, I hope you find the one that's right for you! We were surprised to find that we have seen other houses we like just as much as The One That Got Away (well, ALMOST as much), so it's definitely possible.ReplyDelete
It looks like this one is the one! :) We signed the papers recently. I think even if a house isn't perfect, you can make it your own as much as possible.Delete
Thanks, we've signed now and it's all official :)Delete
Don't be discouraged yet. I too found my dream house after someone beat me to it with an offer. We decided to not play games and immediately sent the realtor over with a full price offer and told the home owner they didn't have to fix anything, we would use our own money to fix anything that came up in the inspection report.ReplyDelete