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Old 08-19-2008, 05:17 PM
 
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We met with a realtor recently, who said that the average number of houses a buyer sees before making an offer is 5. That number seems incredibly low to me. We're probably planning on looking at around 30 houses before deciding on the one we want to buy. What do you think about that number?
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Old 08-19-2008, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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I don't think there can be an average as each property is subjective...what one person likes another won't so it just depends on which buyer walks into which property at which time.
We looked at about 20 before we made an offer on the home we currently live in. The home before this we saw about 5 before buying...the home before that probably 11, and the home before that we bought the second one we saw.
You may look at 30, or on the 5th you may walk in and find everything you had ever hoped for.
good luck in your search...that is the fun part!
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Old 08-19-2008, 05:22 PM
 
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50, once. 15 another. That I can remember ou tof 8 homes bought... just look unitl one 'speaks' and screams HOME to ya or there is one that keeps popping back up in your mind, and is tugging on your heart.
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Old 08-19-2008, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Venice Florida
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I wish it were 5...
A couple I worked with last week looked at 15 before making an offer.
Since the offer wasn't accepted we will be looking at more.
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Old 08-19-2008, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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I went on a house hunting trip 2 weeks ago & looked at 8 houses. Made an offer on one, but someone beat me to it. I have 28 more to see when I get back up there in 2 weeks.
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Old 08-19-2008, 05:59 PM
 
Location: NY to FL to ATL
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My very first clients looked at 154, yes 154, before making an offer. It took us 5 months.
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Old 08-19-2008, 06:02 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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We met with a realtor recently, who said that the average number of houses a buyer sees before making an offer is 5. That number seems incredibly low to me. We're probably planning on looking at around 30 houses before deciding on the one we want to buy. What do you think about that number?

Sounds like the realtor is trying to keep down the number you want to view, maybe trying to save on gas. If he or she is, as incredible as it seems, actually resistant to showing more houses, then you need a new realtor.

I agree with earlier post, wait till you find "home sweet home." For the amount of money you will be paying, the commitment and time, and all that is involved in home ownership, no one should feel they have to choose from among the first five!

Of course, these days the internet can make your life a little easier so that you can usually see at least one picture of a house before decide to view it.
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Old 08-19-2008, 06:11 PM
 
Location: near Portland, Oregon
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Default They can't help it, it's Pavlovian...

You could always drive the realtor around, and buy him or her lunch, too. I've done that, and they love it. It also keeps me from being carsick, because realtors will lunge after every for sale sign like a retriever after a stick.
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Old 08-19-2008, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Danbury CT covering all of Fairfield County
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In most cases, it usually takes my clients about a dozen to see in person.
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Old 08-19-2008, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Texas
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We're a realtor's nightmare. We must have seen 50 by now. But we have no pressure to move and can bide our time.
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