I occasionally look around for a future house. I am not really seriously looking for a new place since mine is pretty nice but a new house is in the cards in the next 5 year so I'm constantly flirting with the idea of buying a new house. Except, searching for a freaking house is a FREAKING chore. Since Google dropped it's real estate search functions your left will trolling around piece of crap housing search sites that lock down information (especially on foreclosures) and make it impossible to actually find houses that you are interested in. The more easy to use ones leave out things like "Would I like a basement" in it's options to check off. Blah.
Blah I say, maybe I should do work at work :-p
Why are you hunting this man??? What did he do to you?
But even then, you still actually need to physically go through a house and have it inspected.
This is why, increasingly, I just want to buy land and have a house built.
Same with NY apartments. If you are mega-rich or willing to live with the rats and roaches, you can get an apartment any time and have plenty of choices. Everything in-between goes immediately. If you hesitate at all, you will miss it.
House hunting is a pain in the ass, though. It's fun to go tour houses and dream, but the rest of it is a pain.
My house hunting is on hold for a few years. Once I'm done paying alimony and child support I'll have money and be able to move.
I love the enormous brick fireplace.
I wouldn't bid below 250 on that house.