We finally have a move date of August 1st, we will be coming up the first week of July to look around and see which areas we will be interested in hoping to narrow it down between the Amherst area and the orchard park area. While I haven't found a realtor yet (and frankly I found and bought my last house without a realtor and saved the 3% so I'm on the fence about using one) however since we don't know the area I have been leaning towards using a realtor but frankly I haven't found anyone that I would want to use. I've made a few calls on houses that we have seen on online that we like and ALL the realtors that are representing the homes haven't been concerned at ALL with my questions about the homes but if I have a realtor and once they find out I don't its the hard sales pitch how they know the area the best all about them etc etc etc. Makes me nervous that their not at all working for the clients they ALREADY HAVE......I could barley get a word in with the one I called last night.... I just wanted to know if the house she was representing has a basement! All the amherst realtors are really harsh about 'down' in orchard park/aurora area is the HIGH snow area and no one really wants to live there- is that true? They have really been surprisingly pushy-I'm wondering if this is a cultural thing? Plus lots of "talk" about how it's a sellers market and I need to be aggressive things are FLYING off the market etc etc- the market there has gotten MUCH better in the last year but I've been looking and researching for a few months now and those aren't really the facts, sigh so I'm not interested in a realtor that thinks fear should be my reason for offering on a home..... to complicate matters I will be about 4-5 months pregnant by the time we get there and I've been sooo sick this time around and while I "KNOW" I shouldn't rush into buying something we can't really afford or really want I don't want to spend months in a hotel with three kids and pregnant...... the realtor I spoke with last night said that in NY they don't use title companies but attorneys and the average closing in a house is 2-3 months!!!-is that right??? ? My bank can guarantee a 20 day closing and I've even closed on vacant homes in two weeks before (yes unfortunately, this is not my first time moving at least this time I'm not 38 weeks along-that time really sucked!) I'm REALLY hoping that realtor wasn't completely truthful and it doesn't take that long to close.....on the subject does anyone have any suggestions for short term housing??
Last question- does anyone know anything about the wisteria school? It has a homeschooling program where homeschoolers can come on Fridays that looks VERY dreamy to me!!
Thanks again so much ladies this thread has been a LIFESAVER!