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Old 05-04-2018, 05:13 AM
 
Location: Washington State
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We have a lovely home purchased about a year ago. We are actively renovating it and have completed the kitchen (gorgeous!) landscaping and one of the bathrooms.

I can't help looking at other houses. Today I saw an old Victorian online that I am in love with. It needs work but I have a soft spot for that era of home and I find myself itching to tour it. It makes absolutely no sense-- we have a great house in a perfect location and its a very sound investment. We love renovating and have always left our homes better than we found them and sold for substantial profit. We just moved and had planned on being here at least 5-10 years. We are in our 40s don't have plans to retire for some time. I don't regret the purchase we made, but if I am honest, there are so many great homes out there I find it difficult to stop looking and thinking about buying more. We own a couple of income properties and we aren't in the market for any more. But I want more houses!

Anyone out there share this problem?
We sold our house to our daughter and bought a new build model home almost 2 years ago but wife has wanted to build one from scratch and I think she feels cheated out of that as we had to rush buy the last house when we sold ours to her and her hubby. It's a gorgeous model show home by the way. So now, she wants to sell our new house and build exactly what she wants so we are looking at lots and talking to an architect. She does want to customize to accommodate my height 6'6". I'm worried that after we build this, she still won't be happy with this and that...

As for myself, yeah I think I have a bit of a house porn addiction myself and look at houses across the nation and have a soft spot for properly updated Victorians....I've seen a couple that I would love to take on but they're usually not where I want to live.

We also own 3 houses in Phoenix area that we bought when the market there was down with the idea that 1 of those houses will be our winter home when I retire which is coming up in about 3 weeks. That house is a design which we loved as well though it could use some updating as it was built in 2005 and hasn't been updated. We also own an apartment in Costa del Sol Spain which we updated but are in the process of selling.
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Old 05-04-2018, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Florida
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I love looking at real estate! Mostly in other areas of the country, though, not houses selling near me. We bought our home four years ago and I anticipate staying in it for at minimum another five or six years (youngest child is 15 and I'd like to move once she's more or less settled as an adult, but not before that).

I don't think it's a problem unless you're devoting hours each day to this hobby.
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Old 05-04-2018, 09:07 AM
 
Location: OHIO
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I love looking at real estate. I can't afford any of them, but love looking
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Old 05-04-2018, 10:02 AM
 
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I'm always looking... it's been a hobby of mine, passed on from my mother. lol

Lately, it's not so tempting. While our metro area is stagnant to holding from 5-10+ years ago, our actual town is exploding. It's no longer fun... because we're so tied into our school district (and will be for another 6 years) and everywhere in the district is also exploding, that it makes me grateful that we bought when we did... because we couldn't afford to buy our own house from ourselves, not even remotely, at this point.

I still CHECK every few weeks but our mindsets have more turned to upgrading than buying up, because we can't afford the latter anymore. We're going to be those people who downsize, after the youngest graduates, to move somewhere that the district doesn't matter so much. And maybe, not even then.
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Old 05-04-2018, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Surprise, AZ
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I am on Redfin every single day looking at houses. I send my husband listings, and at this point he doesn't even bother responding. We have no intentions of moving in the next year. I have a problem.
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Old 05-04-2018, 02:15 PM
 
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Oh Iím definitely guilty of this, but Iíve unsubscribed from a lot of update emails from Zillow and that helps keep me clean
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Old 05-04-2018, 10:03 PM
 
Location: South Park, San Diego
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I love my house but as an architect and especially an old house lover I am constantly going to open houses in our neighborhood and city as well as explore via the internet houses all over the world just to try to sate my appetite for domestic architecture in all its iterations. I am lucky to live in a region with not only cozy Craftsman cottages, classic Spanish Revivals but also Łber contemporary ocean side mansions to take in. It is way cool to tour $12M mansions on the ocean and in the hills of Rancho Sante Fe just for fun.

Of course I could never buy or be a part of those but there have been a couple of local houses that I went through that I later was hired to design an addition and/or renovation for. Always wise to keep an eye on the housing stock, you never know when you might surprisingly later become a part of it.
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Old 05-05-2018, 02:02 AM
 
Location: Florida Gulf Coast
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I have sort of the same problem, but mine mostly involves being attracted to a new area of the country and, being single, just up and moving there. I spend a lot of time and money furnishing/updating/renovating....then I guess I get bored. Seven years seems to be my limit, and I'm approaching five in FL. But seriously, I would have SO much more money in my retirement fund had I not been so restless/impulsive.
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Old 05-05-2018, 04:22 AM
 
Location: Florida -
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[quote=The levee breaks;51788621]I look on RE sites just to keep an eye on trends and see if I can spot any new herd mentality popping up. Though I just built new in the last 2 years, I am kind of in the market for a vacation spot. But even if I wasn't I would be looking. I also watch the stock market, though I don't effe w/ those ppl. lol[/QFUOTE]

Same here. I watch housing/condo's in our area or similar just to keep an eye on market trends and also for clever renovation ideas - We're also talking about a possible vacation home in a warmer part of Florida (We've been here in the Panhandle for about six-years and still find the weather uncomfortably cooler than in the central East Coast area - where we spent 27-years)
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Old 05-05-2018, 09:21 AM
 
Location: 49th parallel
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I have sort of the same problem, but mine mostly involves being attracted to a new area of the country and, being single, just up and moving there. I spend a lot of time and money furnishing/updating/renovating....then I guess I get bored. Seven years seems to be my limit, and I'm approaching five in FL. But seriously, I would have SO much more money in my retirement fund had I not been so restless/impulsive.
Amen! When we think of all the money we've spent buying, selling houses, moving expenses, new stuff for the new house (nothing ever fits or works in the new place) curtains and drapes that don't work anywhere now, multiple kitchen appliances and gadgets for multiple places, furniture that doesn't work in the new place, etc.etc., we could have had one of those houses you see overlooking the sea or on the French Riviera somewhere all this time. Oh well.............
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