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Old 08-02-2010, 02:48 PM
 
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The thing is, I know what I want in a home---a 2 family, a nice lot, something older with character--and I know which areas I do and do not want it in. I've come pretty close twice to buying, but before I put a bid on either of the 2 homes, found some major problems with them (one: gas leases on land close by--NOT what I want to move into---the other---HUGE water issues in cellar, and the seller was not about to drop price bc of that)--so I'm still looking. I'm getting frustrated--it seems most of the homes out there are either single family, very rundown (or in bad neighborhoods) multis, or priced way out of my league and probably way more than they're worth (I do have a reasonable budget for the house considering my area). So my dilemma ensues, and I'm asking you experts what else I can do and where else to look for my new home. Where I'm looking now: on mls sites online (there are 3 available that show homes in the surrounding areas that I"m interested in), newspaper ads (for sale by owner), newspaper mls (which is the same as online, but sometimes, I think, it's seeing it with a "fresher" eye), craigslists (which is usually broker-run ads anyway), and fsbo sites. Even zillow. Am I missing something? Is there somewhere else to look? to do? or am I just going to have to wait it out? (been very seriously looking for a year now...really do want to take advantage of the lower interest rates on mortgages...)

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Old 08-02-2010, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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If you have been looking for a year then your criteria are really restrictive. It's fine to have restrictive criteria, but you just need to know that you have to wait it out.
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Old 08-02-2010, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Barrington
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Maybe it's time for you and or your agent to start knocking on doors or write a letter to the owners of places that look like they might meet your selective criteria on the outside.

Be prepared for owners to be suspicious of you and your intentions.

Respect that not everyone needs or wants to sell.
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Old 08-02-2010, 03:46 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I don't think you are missing anything. I don't think there is really any other source to find houses than what you listed.

Question, is it that you literally don't find any houses you like or you don't find any you like in your price range? You mentioned some of the houses you see are "out of your leage". I'm wondering if the problem is your expectations. Perhaps you have expensive taste on a low budget?
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Old 08-02-2010, 04:09 PM
 
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If it's been this long and you haven't found anything, then you are just too picky. You really need to settle down and look at a few things that are absolute must haves and bend from there. People very rarely find that perfect house unless it was a new custom built home. Otherwise the MLS is the #1 place for real estate. You've got pretty much everything else covered besides maybe Forsalebyowner.com as well at buyowner.com
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Old 08-02-2010, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Chciago
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The thing is, I know what I want in a home---a 2 family, a nice lot, something older with character--and I know which areas I do and do not want it in. I've come pretty close twice to buying, but before I put a bid on either of the 2 homes, found some major problems with them (one: gas leases on land close by--NOT what I want to move into---the other---HUGE water issues in cellar, and the seller was not about to drop price bc of that)--so I'm still looking. I'm getting frustrated--it seems most of the homes out there are either single family, very rundown (or in bad neighborhoods) multis, or priced way out of my league and probably way more than they're worth (I do have a reasonable budget for the house considering my area). So my dilemma ensues, and I'm asking you experts what else I can do and where else to look for my new home. Where I'm looking now: on mls sites online (there are 3 available that show homes in the surrounding areas that I"m interested in), newspaper ads (for sale by owner), newspaper mls (which is the same as online, but sometimes, I think, it's seeing it with a "fresher" eye), craigslists (which is usually broker-run ads anyway), and fsbo sites. Even zillow. Am I missing something? Is there somewhere else to look? to do? or am I just going to have to wait it out? (been very seriously looking for a year now...really do want to take advantage of the lower interest rates on mortgages...)
I really like using zillow not to specifically search for a house but to look at general areas, pricing in a neighborhood, look for other similar areas. Once I see streets or neighborhoods taht I like I generally get off zillow and begin to look at realtor.com or craigslist. Nice thing about craigslist is you see lots of FSBO that you would otherwise not see just looking at mls or realtor.com
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Old 08-02-2010, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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Take some to find a good buyer agent and then they'll help you find the home.
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Old 10-25-2010, 08:29 PM
 
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The thing is, I know what I want in a home---a 2 family, a nice lot, something older with character--and I know which areas I do and do not want it in. I've come pretty close twice to buying, but before I put a bid on either of the 2 homes, found some major problems with them (one: gas leases on land close by--NOT what I want to move into---the other---HUGE water issues in cellar, and the seller was not about to drop price bc of that)--so I'm still looking. I'm getting frustrated--it seems most of the homes out there are either single family, very rundown (or in bad neighborhoods) multis, or priced way out of my league and probably way more than they're worth (I do have a reasonable budget for the house considering my area). So my dilemma ensues, and I'm asking you experts what else I can do and where else to look for my new home. Where I'm looking now: on mls sites online (there are 3 available that show homes in the surrounding areas that I"m interested in), newspaper ads (for sale by owner), newspaper mls (which is the same as online, but sometimes, I think, it's seeing it with a "fresher" eye), craigslists (which is usually broker-run ads anyway), and fsbo sites. Even zillow. Am I missing something? Is there somewhere else to look? to do? or am I just going to have to wait it out? (been very seriously looking for a year now...really do want to take advantage of the lower interest rates on mortgages...)
Some good places to look are realtor.com, zillow.com, billingsbyowner.com, trulia.com, yahoo real estate, hotpads.com
I hope this helps if you havent found a home yet.
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Old 10-29-2010, 11:40 AM
 
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Are you working with a buyer's agent? If so, they should have done a thorough analysis of what your wants, needs and dreams are and they should have been able to find you something certainly by now. If now, you need to hire someone to help you. It won't cost you anything since buyer's agents are paid by the seller. How are you finding the MLS properties? Many of the online sites are not updated frequently and have old/out of date information. A realtor can get up-to-the minute listings from the MLS. There are also some loan programs out there that will help a buyer with financing improvements - have you looked into those?
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Old 10-29-2010, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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I agree with the other Realtors. A good buyers agent should be able to help you. Perhaps you should interview a few and find one that you click with. Also, let them know how often you want to be contacted and how they should contact you so they don't drive you crazy with tons of e-mails/phone calls etc. Good Luck!
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