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Old 05-23-2008, 05:23 AM
 
Location: In a house
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On an average---about how long did it take you to find your dream home???
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Old 05-23-2008, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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When I find it I will let you know.

Seriously, I have owned a few houses none of which were my "dream house". My dream house is never going to be in my budget. I spent 6 weeks shopping for my first house, and 2 days (in person after much time online) for the last one. I am currently a buyer and have been looking since March of last year.
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Old 05-23-2008, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Halfway between Number 4 Privet Drive and Forks, WA
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Neither home I have owned has ever been my "dream home." I couldn't afford my "dream home." "Dream home" is a term that gets thrown around alot, and I think our economy would be ALOT better off if people would live within their means and quit trying to "reach" for something that's not.

(sorry, that's not to be taken personal, it's just an observation I've made on that particular term...)

But I have been watching the market I plan to purchase in for the past year and a half. I've only recently sold my home, so I am now a "bonafide" buyer. We have been seriously looking for almost a month. In hindsight, I'm glad my house didn't sell sooner, if it had and I had bought in the area we're moving to, we'd be upside down on our mortgage now....
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Old 05-23-2008, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Looking East and hoping!
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Ours happened so fast. We closed in NJ the 19th of Aug., arrived here "homeless" on the 22nd, went out w/realtor the 23rd. Viewed 5 houses - this was last and we loved it. Made an offer and closed the 29th.

Of course it's listed now as much as we love our layout just have to get closer to "home" and the kids.
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Old 05-23-2008, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Olympia
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I can tell you this much from my profession: The average buyer looks at 8 homes before finding the one to purchase.

Sandy
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Old 05-23-2008, 12:12 PM
 
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It took us three months to find our last "dream home."

Like many people, after several years the dream evolved. Right now I'm not sure my "dream home" exists in the region we've moved to-- small, architecturally beautiful new construction. Energy efficient. With a big yard and lots of trees.

The rule seems to be small house=tiny yard. New construction=no architectural integrity (since it was built for a speculator, not an owner with some heart). Energy efficient in Illinois? HA! Trees? Double HA!

I've seen a community like this in Idaho. Ah well.....
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Old 05-23-2008, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Looking East and hoping!
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Cohdane-we're in MN and have real energy efficiency. We heat with natural gas, 2200 sqft, set at 70 days/65 night and our budget is $77 (highest actual bill was $149.)

If we could move this house believe me we would.
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Old 05-23-2008, 01:35 PM
 
Location: alt reality
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Like others, I can't afford my dream home. So, I bought a piece of crap and am turning it into my dream home
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Old 05-23-2008, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Happiness is found inside your smile :)
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I rented my dream home back in 2003

I bought a house I could afford in 2004, I don't think I will ever be able to buy my dream home - i"m only about 200K off (Our house is worth 450K, house I want is 650K)
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Old 05-23-2008, 02:13 PM
 
Location: In a house
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When I said "dream home" I only ment a home that you felt happy buying. Of course a dream home can mean many things to many people but for my question I ment a home you were happy with. Thanks.
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