House hunting tips
October 20, 2012 6:15 PM Subscribe
House hunting tips please.
posted by k8t to home & garden (25 answers total) 41 users marked this as a favorite
We're beginning to look for homes. What smart tips do you have? We downloaded the RedFin app and started going to open houses. A realtor suggested we sit at different ends of a table, make lists of what we wanted and then compared. That was a neat idea. More stuff like that would be welcome.
Similarly, I discovered that sharing a RedFin account was easier than sending each other links.
We haven't found a relator yet, but tons of people have recommended them to us. Plus I think going to open houses is good for getting a vibe from people.
FWIW, we're not actually going to get serious about buying (because of current lease, child's school location, and lack of downpayment) until after the new year. But we're checking out open houses to see what is out there.
We've settled on a particular high school area (our kid is 4, but the reach for this high school works for both of our commutes). We did a mortgage calculator and know what we could afford. We haven't yet talked to our credit union.
We're in Seattle if that matters. Our biggest concerns are school district and commuting time. One of us bought a condo over a decade ago, but we're fairly green when it comes to buying a home.