On Saturday, I met with a realtor who came highly recommended to me by some friends who bought a house with her help a few years ago. She had chosen a couple of homes / townhomes in my price range in the area of Raleigh that I'm looking to buy in, to give me a taste of what's out there. Below are pics of three of the four that we looked at this weekend.
Townhouse #1 (built in 1995)
This townhome is in an established neighborhood that has a good mix of townhomes and single-family homes. It was a cute, 2 bed / 2.5 bath house with hardwoods downstairs and a great wooded area in the back. But, it had popcorn ceilings, which I despise. I know they can be removed, but ugh...I really do hate them. The HOA fees in this neighborhood are really high (like ~$200 a MONTH!), which I have to factor into the price.
Townhouse #2 (built in 2003)
This townhouse is a bit newer, so things were a bit more updated than in townhouse #1. But, I felt like the neighborhood was a little too cookie-cutter for me. It also backs up to another row of townhomes, so you don't have any privacy in the back. Not a huge fan, but it was still a cute place.
Single Family Home #1 (built in 1998)
I hated this one. Nothing good to say. It did have a garage, but that's about the only plus. Definitely not interested in this one!
So, that was what I saw on Day 1, just as some options my realtor had selected to get my feet wet. I'm supposed to be going through the MLS listings posted online, and I can let her know what ones I'm interested in going to visit. I'll probably go out with her next weekend to look at a bunch. I think my mom is going to come up to help me do some searching the weekend after next, so I may bring along a friend this coming weekend for a second set of eyes and opinions.
This is a very exciting, but scary time! I can't wait to see how it all plays out.
Have a great week!