You'd have to be living under a rock over the last decade not to have seen the bevy of house-buying shows on HGTV. I, for one, started watching "House Hunters" when I was in high school and I remember at the time thinking, "Huh, these people are really particular" or "Can't they see the potential here? It's just the owner's furniture that they dislike" or "Why are they going with the house that's at the very top of their price range?" Many more shows have aired about the house-buying process, but the more I see the more I feel like it's all a bunch of noise.
So, today I'm turning to you all:
Because my husband and I are starting the process, what do we need to know about purchasing our first (and hopefully our forever) home? I'm not talking the basics, like having a minimum of 20% down to avoid PMI or thinking about long-term aspects of a home like its school district; I'm talking about those little lessons or 'ah-ha' moments you have during your own house purchasing experience.
To bring you up to speed on our progress thus far: we would like a traditional older (preferably stone) house in the nearby Philadelphia suburbs. We have price range in mind and have been in contact with a real estate agent that was recommended by family.
(I'd like a house just like this. Please and thank you.)
Did you ever find yourself saying "If I knew then what I know now..." when buying your first or current home? I'd love to hear the collective experience that you, my lovely readers, have!
Help a girl out!