Although our home in the 'Burgh is still for sale, we have budgeted (a severe decline in my J.Crew budget!) to be able to buy a home here. Homes have dropped in price significantly (as much as $100,000) and realtors are falling all over themselves to get homes sold.
Here are a few of the ones we saw yesterday (to protect the innocent, I edited the pictures.):
Pros: Great layout, good bones, solid structure, plenty of living space available, including a sitting room off the master which has a fireplace (it would make a KILLER walk in closet).
Cons: needs some updating (kitchen and floors) and animals in the house previously means that ALL of the carpet needs to be replaced. It also has high voltage electrical lines in the back, which is a major bummer.
Verdict: I don't want my babies having two heads, so no thanks.
Cons: Choppy layout, small kitchen, obvious DIY renovation in the basement and I was not a big fan of the outside impression of the home.
Verdict: Not a great flow for entertaining, so not so much.
Cons: I got charged by the friendly next door pit bull when getting out of the car. Electric fence, my a$$. Original 80's windows = drafty house = thousands to replace windows. Also needs an updated kitchen and updated flooring.
Verdict: I don't feel like ending up in jail for *accidentally* shooting someone's pit bull, so no go.
We soldier on...