My first time house hunting and karaoke-ing with Justin

Saturday, September 8, 2012
Today, Justin and I actually had an appointment with a realtor in Calgary to take a look at some properties. We saw about 5 listings ranging between townhouses and single family homes. Our budget is $300K-$350K, but of course, we are trying to stay within the lower end of that spectrum.

There were 2 houses that stood out to Justin and I. One was a foreclosure home, listed at $376,600 and another was a single family home listed at $369,900.

The foreclosure home (MLS # 3535169), located in the NW quadrant of Calgary, was about 1600+ sq ft and had 3 good sized bedrooms, bonus room (kinda like a family/TV room) and a finished basement. It also had a newly renovated kitchen and big backyard. It was kind of a mess though because the previous tenants just left it in a chaotic state. But looking through all the mess and dirt, this property had a lot of potential. With a new coat of paint, new appliances and new carpet, it could really be a great starter home for Justin and I. And because it's a foreclosure, that means the bank owns the home, therefore, we can offer about 15% less than the listed price and probably get the property. The realtor said that we'd probably be able to get the property at around $330K which is a steal for a 3 bedroom single family home in that area.

The second home (MLS # C3538069), also located in the NW region of Calgary called Tuscany, was a beautifully decorated and furnished single family home. It was much smaller at 1050 sq ft and also had 3 bedrooms but they were much smaller. The thing that stood out about this house was the amazing deck, backyard and spacious 2 car garage! Also, the previous owners took great care of the place and everything was fully updated. The only thing is the price of this place is not as negotiable as the foreclosure home. Listed at $369,900, it was already well above our budget and it probably won't sell less than $350K.

After a couple hours of checking out houses, my brain was totally fried. I don't know how people do this! House hunting is so stressful. By the end of the tours, I was mixing up all the features of each house with one another. I couldn't remember which house had an ensuite and which one didn't, or which one had the finished basement, etc...

But I have to say...being able to experience this with Justin is so awesome! In each house, I try to envision how we would spend our lives in there! I think about what room we'd use to convert into our huge-ass closet to hold all our clothes and shoes, or which one would maybe be the nursery!?! LOL! J/K...well actually, not really...haha but no I'm NOT pregnant! So even though it's quite nerve-wrecking and stressful, it is pretty damn fun!

After a day of house hunting, Justin, his family and I went to his cousin's place for dinner and karaoke! It was the first time we've ever "sang" together. And for those who are interested and care, the song we choice to be our first karaoke song was "Maneater" by Hall and Oates.

Anyways, I'm sure I'll be keeping you all posted if we do put a bid on any of these places! Exciting huh!? I promise that we'll have enough room so that our friends from Vancouver and come visit! Yay! Guests!

Till next time...miss all of you!


Victoria Chan said...

Just to be able to own a home is amazing!!!
Can't wait to see which one you choose (and hopefully get!) :)

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