We made an offer on a house today! When our realtor called us last night that the seller verbally accepted our offer, it sounded like she was more excited than we were. I think we were excited as well, but it’s almost unreal. We bought a house…
Granted there’s still a lot ahead of us (inspections, paperwork, negotiations, paperwork, paperwork… did I mention paperwork?), we are hoping to move in next month!
Since I’m a geek at heart, I couldn’t share the good news without writing about the tools we used in our house hunting. Hopefully, someone else will find our corner of the internet and get some tips on their home search. Otherwise, this will be a mental note of what I used for the next time I go house hunting (hopefully not for another decade!).
I got a few web site tips from a Lifehacker.com post, but not all the tools mentioned there were beneficial to us. Some of the links provided outdated information or not obvious on how to get the information I was seeking.
There were three primary sites I used to search for a home:
There were two tools I despised because they provided outdated results, giving false hopes and wasting time. Google real estate search and Yahoo Real Estate were utterly useless.
Google My Maps was a great tool for mapping out our future neighborhood and focusing on homes in an area. I used placemarks to indicate the stores we frequent (Costco, Fred Meyer, and WinCo), potential homes we were considering, and all the nearby MAX stations.
I also used the Google My Map to estimate travel times to work from various properties. When I searched for directions from a house to my work, I switched the results to using public transportation, and voila! And I can allow Jenni to collaborate on the map (but it was too geeky for her).
So what’s next? I’ve thought about using Google SketchUp to make a model of our future home so we can start planning out where we’re going to place furniture and give virtual tours. But by the time I build the model, we’ll probably be moved in and getting settled. I should get ready for big changes on the other side of the computer screen.
Like letting Kadie to help with the home inspections…