House Hunting Failure

We are back from a frustrating house hunting trip to Florida. I am 100% certain that my real estate agent has never had a client like me. Let me bore you with the details.....my husband and I flew down with the sole purpose of finding a rental property. Of course we would look at properties for sale, but I was highly skeptical that an impulse buy would be on our agenda for the weekend. 


A few homes that were on the market a year ago....are still on the market. Would someone please tell these homeowners that if their home did not sell at that price 11 months ago...it is time for a reduction! I really don't understand the philosophy of waiting out the market. Remove your listing and try again in a season or two. 


Then there is the extreme taste specific design elements that are costly to remove. The thought of renovating to my satisfaction is not possible when the seller wants top dollar for this.

The rental market is a free for all. Agents don't want to help other agents....a short-term rental (6mos.) is not appealing to most, and then there is the dog. Yes, we have a dog over 25 lbs. After numerous phone calls, drive-by's and one showing....I have 2 leads on potential rental properties and should know within the next few days. We are on 'Naples' time...everything takes time...huge chunks of time.

Once we are settled into our rental, I will resume house hunting. We did manage to have some lovely dinners with spectacular views. This one was at La Playa Beach Resort


We sat at the table closest to the water. After dinner we put our toes in the warm ocean water. It was the perfect end to a stressful weekend. 

By the way, if you know of anyone wanting to sell their dated home in Naples, I am looking for a project!

 

36 comments:

  1. I can't even imagine what you're going through! I'll keep my fingers x'd that you get a good rental then find a wonderful new home!

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  2. Don't give up! You will find a rental and a fab new home.

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  3. Sorry you didn't have luck - when we looked for rentals in CT I was amazed by how little there was to choose from and how expensive rent is. More than your typical mortgage payment in most cases! I hope something comes through for you that you can be happy with!

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  5. That is a drag Linda, beyond stressful! Hope your rental leads are fruitful and that with time, the right house becomes yours. It's good that you were able to find some enjoyment in your visit, that's the right "glass is half full" approach. Hang in there!

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  6. Hi Linda, I think many of us have experienced something like this. It's so draining to go through the process of home selling and buying .. then the renovation. Hang in there and the right thing will come along. In the meantime, enjoy the area. It looks beautiful!

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  7. Linda I'm sorry to hear that. Charleston is the same right now. Nothing for rent here- it's nuts!

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  8. What about finding a year lease and build? I know I keep pushing this, but you hit the nail on the head: too much you don't want for too much money to redo. So sorry you are having to deal with this on top of the emotional moving away and not having some thing to move toward. Fingers crossed.

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  9. What a bummer weekend...
    Hopefully, a rental will come thru for you and you get can down to the business of moving down there. Semi-relax and go thru the next stressful stage of home buying. This probably makes the One Room Challenge look like a skip in the park! :)

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  10. So frustrating! I'm sorry for the bum luck so far. Hopefully one of those long term listings will finally wise up and drop their price!

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  11. Sounds like a huge pain. I know this might sound lowbrow but do they have craigslist for rentals in
    FL? That's how everyone finds places to rent where I live -even the larger property management companies list there. Good luck.

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  12. Very frustrating! Hang in there, the right place will come along!
    Good luck!
    -Shelley

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  13. Sorry the house hunting isn't going so well. But what a beautiful place to have dinner, beyond jealous!

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  14. There's a house in our neighborhood that has tons of potential but would be costly to update. It's been on the market for four years without a price reduction. I hear you. You need some good luck right about now. I'm wishing it for you.

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  15. Oohhh. Come on over to the other side, on the Atlantic...I'll seel ya MY project of a hacienda. Seriously!

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  16. Just remember...there is a reason for everything...your dream home just hasn't hit the market YET!

    Hope you have a fabulous week, Linda! xoxo

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  17. Wishing you the best on your house search , Linda! I know how frustrating it can be. I just finally found my new place and I feel like I am constantly working on it! But if I didn't have a project I would be bored out of my mind! Haha. Best of luck !
    Lauren @This Girl Decor

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  18. That agent sitch sounds super annoying. Sorry you're still looking -- bummer!

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  19. Ugh, I'm so sorry Linda! We went through a similar experience when we moved here, and once we finally bought, renovating was a complete nightmare. Things definitely move at a slower pace here... be prepared. Have you tried making offers on some of those homes that have been sitting on the market forever? You might be surprised!! Fingers crossed for you!

    XOXO,
    The Glam Pad

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  20. I just stumbled upon your blog somehow! I absolutely love Naples, I would love to move there. We're in Fort Myers, about 45 minutes away, in an apartment but it's my dream to buy something here someday! Good luck with your house hunting, I hope you're able to find something soon:)

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  21. It will all work out...patience is the name of the game....brokers are so hard to deal with!

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  22. My good friends have home in Naples that they use in winter months, its lovely and the homes around are as well. Ill ask her , she has great taste !

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  23. Don't you wonder how people can live in such putdated spaces and deamand top $. crazy to me. Hope your next trip is more successful!!

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  24. Hi... I live in Park City. I have heard it is VERY hard to find a rental and almost impossible if you have a large dog. In top markets, the houses are so very expensive, the taxes are HUGE, so a nice house in top condition is either "for sale" or is rented through word of mouth through a friend....the real estate agents take such a chunk of money, and most owners get personal letters of referral for desirable rentals...........

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  25. gosh I'm so sorry Linda, although your first paragraph made me chuckle. I'm with you. Don't get it except that people are arrogant and think that their sh!tholes are better than they are. I know that you'll find the right place eventually. So jealous that you'll be living some place warm. I'm so sick of the winters here, I just can't tell you!

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  26. Call or email me if I can help in any way. I totally understand what you are going through. The architecture down here is almost disposable-- most every owner wants to come in and create a weird tasteless narcissistic homage to the person they think they are-- and then sell it at top dollar. I think most houses down here are really only worth the value of the lot.

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  27. So sorry, my friend! Send you positive real estate vibes and keeping my fingers crossed that the perfect project is on the horizon!

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  28. You must be so frustrated...I am sure you will the right house very soon! Good luck!

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  29. You will find the perfect home Linda! I'm sure it's so frustrating since you have to fly to FL to look - but I know the right house will pop up for you. It took us a year and a half to sell our last home and in that time so many houses I loved came and went. I'm so glad now because we ended up on a street we love, with amazing next door neighbors, and the kind of project house that needs love but not crazy renovations. Your perfect (or imperfect, as the case may be) home hasn't come on the market yet - it will!

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  30. Once you are settled in your rental, I bet you will have the time to find the perfect place. Can't wait to see what you choose!!

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  31. I think your 'perfect' house will reveal itself. It will be the right house, at the right time, at the right price. Hold on! It's coming!

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  32. I think your 'perfect' house will reveal itself. It will be the right house, at the right time, at the right price. Hold on! It's coming!

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  33. Like everyone else said...don't give up! You will find the right one:)

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  34. Oh how frustrating! I'm sure your perfect Florida home is out there!

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  35. So sorry, I can imagine how frustrated you are! Hope you find the right one next trip! xo Nancy

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  36. Oh you will find that house, Linda! And after your magic, it's gonna be DIVINE!!! Happy summer, L

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