House Hunting Dream List

Monday, March 07, 2016

The house hunt is still in full swing over here and, although we're still stuck in the searching phase, it does seem like we're getting a little closer. The good news is there seems to be a lot more listings available now, so we're not scrolling through the same few houses every single day. We recently discovered a gorgeous older neighborhood that we're keeping our eye on for the moment. It's one of those rolling tree-lined streets where you can imagine lots of Sunday afternoon walks happening. Our realtor sent us there last week to check the area out and it was love at first sight. It reminded me a lot of Richmond! A lot of the older homes in that neighborhood are being fixed up and flipped, so the key is to find one before an investor gets a hold of it. Trust me when I say the realtor app and I are great friends these days! :) These photos are from two different houses in that area that have my heart doing flips. That light! Those floors! Sadly, they're both a smidge out of our price range.

The good part about taking our time in this search is we're really figuring out the things that we want/don't want. Some of the things that were on our must-have list before, like a brick exterior, have evolved over time and we're not so set on that anymore. Other things, like a fireplace and a basement, have become must-haves.

From the get-go, we've been looking for a ranch style home and the more we see, the more I fall in love with this style home. They're just so versatile. Some are very traditional looking, while others have a full-fledged mid-century vibe going on. I can't get enough of them.

Here are some of the things on our dream home wish list. Since we're game to purchase a fixer-upper, we're mostly looking for something that has the potential of having all of these things (such as hardwood floors and an open floor plan) since the chances of lucking out with all of this on an older home are probably slim.

Must haves:
Decent commute for Mark
Office space for me
Basement/work space for Mark
Not on a main highway
Built before the 1980s
Lots of natural light

Nice to haves:
Hardwood floors
2+ bathrooms
Open floor plan
Porch or patio
Mid-century features
Decent size backyard

Now that the weather is getting warmer and more houses are coming available, the process has become a lot less discouraging and more like a fun treasure hunt. I am perfectly happy spending sunny afternoons exploring different neighborhoods and looking for houses, so it's become a lot more fun now that we can get out more often. And the more houses we see, the more I'm glad we haven't settled for anything yet that doesn't really suit us.

More on our home buying adventure here.

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  1. Aw buying your first home together is so fun! Both of those photos look absolutely dreamy! Mark and I are in the exact opposite boat-- our house should go on the market this weekend!

  2. Buying your first house together is so exciting! I learned the hard way that many of the "must have's" can be quite expensive to obtain. By cutting back on your must requirements and adding them to your to-do list, you can cut your purchase price dramatically. Doing it yourself saves a lot of money and builds home equity.


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