After what felt like a slow May for house listings, June is already proving to be better. We're going out this afternoon to look at five - FIVE! - houses. In all of May we only looked at seven places so if this is any indication to how the market will be in June, it seems very promising. Recently we were able to increase our budget to a level that we're still comfortable with but has opened up many more options. And with a little more to spend, we're also able to look at neighbourhoods we thought we couldn't afford.
And we're FINALLY going to get to see not one but two townhouses in a complex we've had our eye on for over a year now. On paper, this complex seems perfect and if we can find the right unit, it should give us everything we need and we've been waiting for a chance to get in. The catch, of course, is that what looks good on paper doesn't always look good in real life. But because we've been idolizing these townhouses for a year it's been hard to really consider other things until we've seen them. It's so great to get to see two units; hopefully after today we'll know if that complex will work for us.
There is one thing I'll never understand, though: in the over-heated Toronto market, where it's not unreasonable to see small homes priced at half a million dollars, why WHY WHY do realtors list homes without including pictures???
(Of course we would look at any home in person before even considering an offer, but how lazy do you have to be to not even take a picture of the exterior of a house? It boggles the mind.)