The housing market here in Seattle is straight up bonkers right now. Homes are selling the day their listed for 10, 20, 30k more than ask. I DON’T HAVE THAT KIND OF MONEY!!!! Ack. There have been more than a couple house hunting heartbreaks because of this, to say the least.
First of all, I’ve been looking since… November? I’ve put offers in on 5 different town houses I think and they’ve all fallen through for one reason or another.
- The price skyrocketed with 15 offers the day it was listed (multiple properties)
- The price didn’t skyrocket but they took the first offer that came in without the couple even touring the place because WHO HAS TIME FOR THAT WHEN THE UNIT IS GOING TO SELL BEFORE YOUR WORK DAY IS OVER?!?!!?
- The offer was accepted but then later a higher offer came in and they pushed mine aside because apparently verbal agreements mean nothing to jackass real estate agents.
- The offer was accepted but then the HOA took 3 weeks to get me the documents my offer was contingent on and the rules in place for renting your unit out later on were IN.FREAKING.SANE. And the goal is to rent this as an investment property eventually
Now, those are my past house hunting woes. Not that it’s gotten any better as of late, there is way less on the market and the listing prices are starting on average 20k higher than they were in April. With that said, I’ve found two new contenders and I need your help!
- This one is in Mill Creek, an area I like and know well. It’s got a great kitchen (once I add a portable island), nice living space and a very convenient attached, accessible, two car garage. However, it does not have a powder room on the main floor which is so weird to me, it has no outdoor space to speak of (pets are kind of difficult with that), and the bedrooms are definitely on the small side.
- This one is in Woodinville, great area, really beautiful, don’t know it well at all but I could learn, there’s lots near by. Has a great little dining area with a built in bar, great size bedrooms, outdoor space that backs to the community garden which could work for a small dog and a powder room on the main floor. However, THE GARAGE IS ATTACHED BUT THERE IS NO ACCESS FROM THE UNIT. What in the actual F were these contractors thinking??? One car garage, great, wait, I can’t access it from my house? I have to go outside, open the garage, go in, get in car, etc. and then when I get home, park, come out of the garage, close the garage and then go up all those stairs to enter my place on the second floor – my mind is just boggled. Really, that and the popcorn ceiling I’d have to have removed are the only downsides of this unit. Oh and the kitchen is pretty tiny and in desperate need of some new appliances.
Alright blog world, I need your help!! Do I walk away from both or do I pick the lesser of two evils? Amazingly, these are both well within my price range so even as the price goes up with multiple bids I should be okay. Seriously, please help.