House Hunt, Round 2

Kyle and I went and looked at more houses yesterday morning since he had the day off for a couple of doctor’s appointments and had a gap in between appointment #1 and me going to work. Our Realtor figured we could fit all seven houses before I had to go to work. SEVEN! (Yeah, we’re a little curious about real estate, so we just want to get a good grasp on what’s out there! )

So, how did Round 2 go? Well let me tell you!

House #1: It’s been on the market for quite some time and just recently went down in price, so we’d figured it was worth a peek. It wasn’t so bad but needed work: new roof, finish the loft area, etc. And the bathroom was bizarre! It was just a shower but with no separator except for a curtain. Essentially, you could go to the bath room AND shower at the same time. Verdict? Nope!

House #2: It was just down the road from the first one and looked absolutely amazing. It looked like “Grandma and Grandpa” lived there with the fancy throw-rug and French-style furniture. It had a xerioscaped yard which wasn’t so great and a loft area like the first place but finished. Verdict? It was gorgeous, but a little out of our range. The loft wasn’t really usable and there was no Central Air. And I didn’t really like the xerioscaped yard.

House #3: Right off the bat we got a funny vibe from it. It had a funky smell and needed some work. The basement had a horrible mural painted on one wall and we’re pretty sure it was used to grow marijuana at some points due to some random horrible wiring. Oh, and heavy-duty dead bolts everywhere! There was also a huge decked above-ground pool in the back, which is a no-sell for us. We don’t want the hassle of taking care of a pool. Verdict? Hell no!

House #4: Number 4 is actually a townhouse in the same complex as the first one we looked at last week, but across the driveway. It was GORGEOUS. The flooring upstairs was brand-new bamboo laminate and the paint was really nice. A downer though was that it doesn’t have AC or any grass in the patio area, and the furnace and hot water tank was a little on the old side. Verdict? It made the short list/Top 3.

Houses #5, 6, & 7: The last three were all in a bareland strata complex not far from where we currently live. They were rancher-style homes and for the most part were really nice. The first place I think was my favourite, but was priced a little high for a modular house. It did have a decent-sized yard and AC though. The second place didn’t have as nice of a layout as the first one and the yard was not as nice. It didn’t have AC and there was a hot tub in the backyard, which is a bacteria pool if not taken care of. The last one was absolutely horrible. It looked like a double-wide trailer and was white and horrible blue inside. Yuck! We ran away from that one. Verdict? They want a little too much for so little house.

Now that we’re at the end of Round 2, we’ve finally started to make some tough decisions. I’m going to make a call to the strata group that manages the townhouse complex to ask a few questions about the rules. I think we’re getting REALLY close to picking our first home! It’s still amazingly frightening and exciting at the same time.

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5 thoughts on “House Hunt, Round 2

  1. Yay! I’m excited for you! When we bought our place we got the developers to change the rules to allow pets since we wouldn’t have bought it if they didn’t. If they know you’re serious about buying, they’ll work with you. Now just about everyone in our complex has at least one dog!

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  2. Yay! So exciting!!

    I’m curious to know more about the strata rules around townhouses – we want to buy next year too but we definitely won’t be able to afford a HOUSE-HOUSE in Kamloops in the areas we want to live so we are tentatively looking at townhouses and condos. BUT we also want to live somewhere where we can get a dog.

    I’m really enjoying your house hunting series so far! Very interesting.

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    • It seems that a lot of townhouses allow pets, but don’t say right off the bat what KIND of pets. Their rules also differ from regular City bylaws as well, so while the City may say you can have two dogs, strata may say only one, small dog. Definitely ask to see the rules before making an offer!

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  3. So much house jargon! WTF is xerioscaped ?

    Where I live leaky homes syndrome is a major problem with townhouses (and most modern apartments are pretty shoddily constructed too). So townhouses and apartments are out.

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