Just Moved: Maggie & Justin

Lawrenceville, Georgia
Setup: 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms
Square Footage: 2,100
Style: Traditional 2-story
Price Paid: $191,000
The Deal: $91/ sq. ft.

How long were you looking?
Our home search with a real estate agent lasted approximately three months. Prior to working with an agent, however, we’d look at homes online and drive through neighborhoods to get a feel for what we both wanted before we started our official search.

How many homes did you visit and look at?
We browsed through hundreds of listings online from our agent and narrowed the list down to about 40 to actually visit.

What was the hardest part about finding your new home?
The hardest part was detecting the "this is it!" feeling. There were many areas and homes we liked, but only one gave us that feeling of "this is home." It can be frustrating to search through so many listings and spend your weekends looking at homes that are just okay. The frustration and patience are worth it, though, when you find the house you love.

What was the best part?
It was fun exploring different homes and getting ideas on what to do and what not to do. But overall, the best part was walking into the house on our second visit thinking: Welcome home. The saying "You'll know it when you see it" definitely held true for us.

Was it hard to compromise and find a home you both loved?
It was challenging at times. While we both agreed on the basics and the important things that we wanted ahead of time, there were times when one of us loved a house and the other person didn't. Sometimes, it's hard to explain why one house isn't the one, so we learned that you just have to move on and keep looking. It was important to us that we both loved the house. After all, it would be our home.

Do you have any advice for Nesties who are still looking for their first home?
Do your homework! Take the time to research different types of loans, neighborhoods, and styles of homes. Create a sample budget before you sign on the dotted line -- remember that there's more than just a mortgage when you purchase a house! Also take the time to discuss with your spouse what each of you desires in a home before you contact your agent. Work with an agent you're comfortable with and trust and who will take the time to explain the details to first-time homebuyers. Our real estate agent did a phenomenal job explaining each step in the process and didn't overwhelm us with information! We also found it helpful to talk to people -- everyone we knew -- about homes. Ask recent first-time homebuyers in your area about their experiences. Ask veteran homeowners in your area about things to look for, especially if you haven't lived in the area for very long. They’re often the best resource, even if they tell you things you don't want to hear! And when you do find "the one," do yourselves a favor and get a home inspection. You won't regret it! Most importantly, remember that there’s more than one perfect house for everyone, so be patient and don't settle if your gut is telling you it's not the right house.

What’s your favorite thing about your new home? What's unique about it?
The question is what don't we love about our new home?! We love everything about it -- the yard, the style, the master bedroom, the full basement and the prospect of finishing it, the amount of space, the open kitchen, the bay windows, the fireplaces. We could go on for days! Most of all, we love that we can see ourselves starting a family in this home and be comfortable in it for years to come.

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