Girl Ninja and I are going to put on our Sunday’s best and pretend to be something we are not. What, you ask? We’ll be pretending to be a couple that is interested in buying a home. That’s right suckers, we are going to attend some open houses over the next few months, even though we don’t plan on purchasing anytime soon.
I’ve spent the last eight years of my life hopping from dorm to dorm, apartment to apartment, and condo to condo. Needless to say, I’ve gotten very use to living in small spaces. I’ve also gotten use to packing up the bags and moving every single year to a new residence. Girl Ninja’s residential history is no different.
Obviously, when you buy a house, you need to be comfortable with the idea of living in said residence for at least 5 years (my personal preference is 10+ years) in case the markets shift. The thought of establishing a more permanent residence is both exciting and scary. It will be nice to have a place that we can really make our own. It will be nice to have three or four bedrooms instead of one. It will be nice to have a garage to park our cars in. But let’s not forget, a home is freakin’ expensive. They come in all shapes and sizes, and it’s intimidating to think about buying something we know very little about.
I mean think about your house. Are there things about it you realized you don’t really like now, but overlooked when you bought the place? I imagine I’d walk through a house and be like “Oh, I don’t really care that the laundry room is downstairs”, but after a few months of living there, I’d hate that it was. Or perhaps I’d think “Oh this formal living room space is a nice addition”, only to realize formal living rooms are seldom used.
I make sure to ask all of my home-owning-friends what they do and don’t like about their current places. What they wished they would have done differently during the home buying process. And if any of them have buyers remorse. The insight they provide is incredible, but can only go so far.
We’ve taken it upon ourselves to get educated and get out there. No better way to learn what we like and don’t like then by seeing a million places right? In fact, I’d argue there is no better time to go house hunting then when you aren’t really wanting to buy a house. This will help keep our emotions out of the process. I honestly want to be the king of open houses. Ya know, every Sunday after church hit up an open house or two. Get an idea of what’s out there; gain a better understanding of what our budget will afford us.
But does pretending to be potential home buyers make us bad people? I mean, it’s not like the real estate agent is showing the house for fun. They are trying to sell the thing. I don’t think I could just be like “Uh, so we aren’t gonna buy this place, but will you take the time to walk us around and show it to us?”. Super awkward.
I don’t know, maybe it’s not that big of a deal? Only ONE person is going to end up buying the house so we wouldn’t be different than the other 99% that didn’t buy. Am I speaking truth or just trying to justify our silly antics?
Moral of the story: We want to go look at a bunch of houses we aren’t going to buy, but in a way that doesn’t totally waste someone’s time. Since I’ve never been to an open house before I’ll relay some questions to you all for help
- How many open houses have you been to?
- Anyone else gone open house-ing, even though you weren’t in the market to buy a home?
- What’s the atmosphere like at an open house? Is there pressure from the selling agent to put in an offer? Or is it more casual, where Girl Ninja and I would be free to roam around as we please?
- Should we tell the selling agent we aren’t ready to be home owners yet, but are just getting a feel for the market?
- What did you wish you knew about the home buying process before you started it?