Tags: house hunting

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[house hunting] Almost the one

Brand new house, close to a pond with swimming, boating and ice skating, just out of the 100 year FEMA flood zone, with in walking distance of bank, groceries and restaurants, not much traffic noise, a shared drive plowed by the neighbor, the right size, asking with in our budget, huge attic, his/hers walk-in in closets, 2nd floor laundry, a front hall closet AND a mudroom from the garage, 4 steps from the garage to the kitchen, eat in kitchen, forced air, gas, AC.

The Mayor is the neighbor. Not sure if this is a plus or a minus.

Septic, which is a bit of a minus.

And the biggest minus, it's in North Reading, 31 minute commute for G.

The pond might also cause noise issues with peepers or smell issues if the swamp is too swampy. No way we can really tell that, other than I guess the Mayor wouldn't live there if it smelled bad. Also might be mosquito issue, but there's fishing in the pond, so that likely keeps their numbers down.

I'm taking G to see it tomorrow.

retaining walls and foundation cracks

I'm considering going to an open house of a house I've already seen twice. The house basically meets our check list but it doesn't thrill me and the price is still kind of high. There is also a mild concern because the house is perched on the edge of a pond. The back of the house is only about 6ft from the retaining wall which is clearly no longer plumb. There are also multiple foundation cracks. Now, since I'm not an expert I have no clue how much or little to worry about these things, so the question I'm asking anyone reading is:

What things should I look for to try to become more or less worried with this problem?

One cool thing is that I first saw the house about 5 months ago, so if this is a fast moving thing, I'll be able to tell, but I'm betting it's not. The big question is this 13 years of ground movement or 5?

So if anyone has any advice, I'd love to hear it, or if anyone is bored enough to come along and take a look and be a sounding board... unlikely, I know.
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[house hunting] josam and old mill


First he realtor told me I couldn't' take pictures without the home owner's permission, but they let me take select pictures anyway. How many open houses have I been too and it's never been a problem. Nice solid house, very large. I'm still worried about the half stair case to the living room. My knees were having a bad day today and I dreaded walking up them. The realtor, bored, followed me around the entire time, which made me feel rushed and put me off my game. Couldn't really see anything wrong with the house. It had SO much first floor closet space, which was glorious (they were using it as three pantries plus the front hall closet.) Monstrous retaining wall, but it seemed in good condition for now. I could very clearly hear the Montvale ave traffic which was a big issue. I don't know if it was louder because of the rain. If I go back to the house, I should see what it sounds like from the living room window.

old mill

Sadly this house is further out than is ideal. I loved it. I felt so much like I'd left the city. The $1k a year home owner's association worries me a little but the realtor said it was for plowing and maintaining the private road that the houses were on. It had the most perfect setting and master bedroom suite with a reading nook. The open house was mobbed, so I suspect it was priced to sell and will go for more than the asking. It didn't feel too big or too small. But again. I was off my game because there were so many people there and I wanted to hate the house.
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house hunting: drapper

I kind of liked this house. It's far too costly, but also weird in ways that I think are good for me and bad for most people. The backyard, for instance isn't just near the pond, it IS the pond. The master bed being only 3 stairs from the first floor would be nice on my bad knees, things like that. The master bed also being nearly windowless would be good for G. Two large hall closets and another two micro-hall closets!

It didn't scream "I am your house" but I liked it. I'm also not sure about the noise from the high school and elementry school, so I will have to research this further if it gets serious.

I think I will definitly be keep an eye on this one and hope all it's weirdnesses makes the price drop enough for it to make sense.
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frustration in house hunting: GLA exaggerations

I thought I had a good candidate but after a drive-by and some study, I found it very annoyingly exagerated. first the house is on a very wide, but not very deep lot, so there's almost no back yard but a huge side yard. Secondly the house claims to be Sq.Ft. of 2,200. If you add up the rooms listed however, you get a total of 1227 and I'm pretty sure from looking at the pictures that they double counted a space, so it's actually 1128. If you add up the rooms in my house (which was listed at 1800 sq.ft. but has a public record of 1,475 you get 1104. Neither numbers here include the bathrooms. 2200 seems to be foundationx2 - garage.

GLA isn't supposed to include closets, hallways, walls, etc.

Anyway, I'm still going to the open house, but I'm kind of frustrated that square footage doesn't actually mean anything close to reality.
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housing market

i feel like the buyers has started the housing season, but not the sellers. things aren't staying up for long and even things that have been on the market for almost a year are getting bought.

I wish I knew for certain if were would be moving, because it seems like a good time to sell.