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House opinions?

My husband and I are looking to buy our first house and we are going to look at this one in a couple days. What are your guys opinions on it? The area, size, and cost is perfect. What does everyone think? http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4181-Nelson-Rd-Cazenovia-NY-13035/30838257_zpid/

Re: House opinions?

  • Looks nice enough to me, but without knowing anything about your market and what's the norm there, can't really comment beyond that.... other than being jealous that a house that nice is that cheap :)
  • Wow.  I'm not crazy about the outside (personal preference), but the inside looks amazing and a nice yard.  Wouldn't be that cheap around here, but looks like they've dropped the price.  So it's probably overpriced for some reason.  Would be good to ask your realtor about if you're making an offer.
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  • jtmh2012 said:
    Wow.  I'm not crazy about the outside (personal preference), but the inside looks amazing and a nice yard.  Wouldn't be that cheap around here, but looks like they've dropped the price.  So it's probably overpriced for some reason.  Would be good to ask your realtor about if you're making an offer.

    They sold me on Jacuzzi tub, lol.

    Seriously though, I noticed it's been on Zillow for 6 months and they have dropped the price a few times.  If your realtor hasn't already, make sure they run comps for you to verify this is a good/fair price.

    I live in a MCOL area and it still looks like an absolute bargain to me, lol.  But that doesn't mean anything because my area is not your area.

    Some of my quick "go to" things I do when I am looking at a house is to look at it from a ways away.  In my city environment, I look at it from across the street.  And make sure the roof line looks even and the house is not leaning at all.  Leaning indicates a potential foundation problem.  Speaking of foundations, look for cracks on the exterior and interior.

    Inside the house, look at all the ceilings.  Check for water marks and/or patch jobs.  Both of those items could indicate there is water leaking somewhere and/or problem with the roof.  Check out the HVAC unit.  I'm assuming you're not an expert (me either) but, if it looks old-rusted-rundown even to you, good chance it will conk out at anytime.  And they are spicy to replace.

    With all that said, I'm assuming...if you move forward and go under contract...you will be ordering a home inspection anyway.  But it's helpful to already be forewarned of potential large problems just by looking for some of the things I mentioned. 

    Good luck with the showing!  Let us know how it goes. 

  • Ehhh the house hunting will go on! The house was on the line of a flood zone and is a slab house so the house could potentially flood right on the first floor. Also their were structural issues that we were kinda concerned about like a very slanted floor in the living room, a few large cracks in the ceiling, and drooping ceiling in some spots. It didn't look like it was really ready to be looked at, very messy and the previous owners left a lot of junk behind.
  • Ehhh the house hunting will go on! The house was on the line of a flood zone and is a slab house so the house could potentially flood right on the first floor. Also their were structural issues that we were kinda concerned about like a very slanted floor in the living room, a few large cracks in the ceiling, and drooping ceiling in some spots. It didn't look like it was really ready to be looked at, very messy and the previous owners left a lot of junk behind.
    Goes to show you definitely need to look at a house in person!!  Pictures can be very misleading.  Too bad though, it looked so pretty in the photos.
  • Ehhh the house hunting will go on! The house was on the line of a flood zone and is a slab house so the house could potentially flood right on the first floor. Also their were structural issues that we were kinda concerned about like a very slanted floor in the living room, a few large cracks in the ceiling, and drooping ceiling in some spots. It didn't look like it was really ready to be looked at, very messy and the previous owners left a lot of junk behind.

    Don't let this dissuade you in the future.  I actually LOVE it when a house is messy and cluttered.  Because that means it isn't going to show as well.  For a savvy buyer who just looks past all that, it can become an opportunity.  Keep in mind, unless there is some caveat to the contrary, all that mess and all that clutter will be moved out before closing.  So it really doesn't matter.

    However, you certainly listed a lot of other good reasons to bypass this house.  Sorry to hear that!

    I did have to laugh at it being near a flood zone.  I'm sure that is understandable where you live.  But where I live, ALL the houses are in a flood zone, lol.  It's just a moot point.  Though I do consider how "bad" the flood zone is when I'm searching, because that will equal higher insurance.

    Good luck with the next one!   

  • Congratulations!!! It's a beautiful home @sthackrah22. It liked everything, the design, the front green garden and the outdoor shed. Eveything is perfect, especially the cost. Without any doubt, you should go for it.
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