Just Moved: Benjamin & Deanne
Want to know how much this couple paid for their fab bungalow in Hannibal, Missouri?
Location: Hannibal, MO
Set Up: 3 bedrooms, 1 bath
Style: Two-story bungalow
Square feet: 1791
Price paid: $78,000
The deal: $43.50/sq. ft.
How many homes did you visit and look at?
We looked at about 10 to 15 homes over a span of about two weeks. We searched online, but where we live it's so much easier to pick a Realtor and go through him or her. In our area, every Realtor can show any home, even if it's listed by another company.
What was the hardest part about finding your new home?
Where we live, there is a large older home population. The price ranges varied a lot, and trying to find something we could afford that also didn't require a complete renovation was the biggest challenge.
What was the best part?
We got to look at many different styles in several locations around town. We were able to feel out different neighborhoods. Once we saw the house we bought, we immediately knew it was ours. We went back three more times to look at it.
Was it hard to compromise and find a home you both loved?
Not really. We did a lot of discussing over what we were looking for in a home, and for the most part agreed. We wanted a fenced-in yard, since we have a dog; a covered garage, which is hard to come by around here; and the kitchen was important to my fiance as well. We also wanted space for entertaining and our house provides several rooms that are spacious enough for guests.
Do you have any advice for Nesties who are still looking for their first home?
Don't settle for anything less than what you truly want. I thought it would be impossible to find a home I loved in the town where I am, but I fall in love with my house more every day. It might be the first house you see or the hundredth, but the best advice I can give is to get a Realtor and actually go into homes. Online searching is helpful, but things do look different when you're actually inside.
What's your favorite thing about your new home? What's unique about it?
We love the large family room. It's an addition to the original 1915 home. Without it, I think the house would be too small for more than two people. We love our backyard with its brick patio. There are so many decorating ideas that will keep us busy for a few years, I'm sure. We'd love to preserve the home, but also keep it up-to-date as well. It's a great space if we choose to start a family. As our parents say, "Lots of room to grow!"
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