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Old 08-06-2013, 06:23 PM
 
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I like the second home because it does not back up to Midway. That is worth some premium per sf vs the other home but not as much as the asking price indicates. Both homes are nice from the pictures shown. The location etc are great as well. Have the realtor give you comps for both homes, which may be the same ones but you need some indication of market value different between backing up to Marsh vs not. Good luck and thanks for asking
100% - roger that.

1. The second home is much better placed.
2. The second home is a better buy to my way of thinking.
A. A couple gallons of white paint and a good brush in the hands of a good painter, or alternatively the right clear-ish varnish, and that dated weathered/hard-white-washed kitchen cabinetry could be transformed for almost nothing.
B. The second home's "elevation" is much nicer.
C. Assuming the master bath's glass-block does not have algae in its mastic that is an expensive material that looks awesome. Again for less than $500 the bath could be re-habbed nicely.
D. Likely the carpets+pads in both places need to be trashed so that's a wash.

ETA - As mentioned the second home's lot is significantly nicer/better/bigger.

To my way of thinking home "2" is the one to pursue.
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Old 08-06-2013, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Lone Star State to Peach State
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Pool!!!!!
U can paint later.
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Old 08-06-2013, 07:41 PM
 
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To be honest, no one can really answer that question for you. For me, I think the layout/flow/how the space would work for how our family lives would probably be the biggest deciding factor, followed second by the lot (i.e. pool, backyard privacy, grass space, road noise, location in neighborhood, etc). Stuff that can be changed (cabinets, floors, painting, etc) is always much future down the list of importance.

That said, go with what YOU like...not your realtor. It's fine if he/her points out why they feel the 2nd might be better, but ultimately YOU are the one that will live there. So make sure it's what feel right for YOUR family.
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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Personally, I like the first one all the way around. I'm not into the faux Victorian look that the second one has a lot of. And yes, Those cabinets are horrid! I also have no use for a pool, but that's just me.
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Old 08-06-2013, 10:10 PM
 
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The first backs to Midway.

The second one seems to be priced really well but has been on the market for a while (in supposedly a very hot market) so I don't know what to make of that. The heavily antiqued cabinets might be an "easy" fix, but it is not a cheap fix (been there, done that).
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Old 08-06-2013, 10:37 PM
 
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2nd one-esp if you want a pool in the future-easier to buy a house with a pool than to put one in later...and restaining cabinets well be vastly cheaper than installing a pool!
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:20 AM
 
Location: Can I go out now??
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The second house if it was me

Also i think the master bath of the 2nd house has better layout (atleast from the pictures)...

Also with the weather outside the pool option is much more attractive...
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Old 08-08-2013, 10:30 AM
 
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The only thing is that pool looks kind of small. It's not awful, but it is kind of lame for the area.
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Old 08-08-2013, 03:54 PM
 
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The first backs to Midway.

The second one seems to be priced really well but has been on the market for a while (in supposedly a very hot market) so I don't know what to make of that. The heavily antiqued cabinets might be an "easy" fix, but it is not a cheap fix (been there, done that).

It was on corporate lease for last two years since owners upgraded to a multimillion dollar property in same area. Just came on market few weeks ago.

Cabinet fix is lot cheaper then putting a pool in and creek properties are rare in this area.
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