Just Moved: Michelle & Justin

San Jose, California
Setup: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths
House Style: Ranch
Square Footage: 1,100
Price Paid: $570,000
The Deal: $518/ sq. ft.

How long were you looking?
We looked for four months before we found our dream home. We’d go on Sundays looking at six to eight homes each time. The home we ended up buying was the one that we had seen from the very start!

How many homes did you visit and look at?
we checked out around 45 to 50 homes. Who knew it would be so difficult?

What was the hardest part about finding your new home?
Find a home at the right price in a good area. California’s housing market is pretty expensive, and finding something we could afford and love at the same time was very tough!

What was the best part?
Seeing the look on each other’s faces when we knew it was the right one. Both of us were talking about the house weeks afterward and couldn’t wait to make an offer!

Was it hard to compromise and find a home you both loved?
Not really. We talked about what we wanted in a house beforehand. It makes such a difference going into the process when you’re both on track with each other’s needs.

Do you have any advice for Nesties who are still looking for their first home?
Research and find a good real estate agent. Word of mouth is the way to go. Ask family and friends who already own homes which agents they used and if they’d recommend them to you. If the agent did their job well, they’ll get stunning reviews!

What’s your favorite thing about your new home? What's unique about it?
How well maintained it was when we bought it. It’s a 50-year old-house but has been updated and well kept. All of the small details give the house its character.

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