We’ve been talking with the same Real Estate Agent, Rob, for years. He’s with Intero, like me.
It began when we discovered an area which looked like a great place to live and we would wander there every now and then thinking of the possibilities of retiring there. Rick was there once without me – I dunno why he would be house hunting without ME! He went into an open house and Rob was there ‘holding’ it. They got to talking and Rick really liked how Rob had lived in the area for 30 years and had been a contractor in the past, actually having built some of the homes there.
That knowledge gave Rob a unique perspective into the homes, who built them, how they’ve been remodeled over the years and how they’ve kept their value (or not).
So, when we were pre-approved for a loan, we called him again and asked him to show us some available homes.
We were able to see 5 homes that day. 4 within our budget (or slightly out of it) and 1 way out of our range – it’s good to see what homes are going for even if it isn’t the house you want or in the perfect area, with the amenities. Education about the market is important, as I’ve said before. You won’t know a good value otherwise.
What houses did we see:
1. The Wreck: Well within our budget but needed a lot of work everywhere before we could move in. That would end up costing us more than our budget, so no.
2. The Smoke House: Lovely location, greatroom floorplan with room for a future addition – which was required since the living area was a little small, and a terrific master suite. I called it the Smoke House because it reeked of smoke and dog urine, blech. Still, it’s a possibility… if we scrub every surface with Pine-Sol.
T The Pizza Hut House: Lovely location, greatroom floorplan, more living space but less master suite space. So-named because of its roofline. It’s a possibility.