Friday, 18 February 2011

Itchy feet....

Is it just me, or is perving on real estate , via print and via web, just the very best kind of window shopping?
My lovely husband and I have bought and sold property a great many times over the past fifteen years. It's been our second job.

But the regular moves have stopped now, and I realise we have lived in our current home for four years. Exactly four years today, in fact.

And, realistically, I know we will not move again for a couple of decades.

Decades.

Oh my.

That makes me nervous. My feet immediately begin to itch.

And my fingers twitch over the keyboard to repeat my hobby searches our "the ideal house." (The perfect number of bedrooms, spread over a perfect floor plan, on the perfectly sized and situated block, in the perfect location, at the manageable price....)




Long gone are the days of luxuriously pouring over the real estate lift outs with several lattes every Saturday morning.

Our house IS the ideal house for us. It is a beautiful home that fits us, that suits us, very well.

Our neighbourhood is perfect. That I wouldn't change.

Put there is the pull, always, of another new project. Another deal, another bargain, another garden to plan, another kitchen to remodel.

I walk and jog the streets around my current home, and get a thrill when I see new "For Sale" boards erected. And I stash the address in my mind to check out later...

Do you have itchy feet? (Or is it just me....?)


Do you constantly pour over the property pages or the real estate websites?


Tell me about your ideal dream house?




mummytime

45 comments:

  1. No. Not me. Don't feel the need to move again. Perhaps that is because we have already found our ideal home. Mind you, it is starting to feel a bit small .... and now that you mention it ....

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  2. I'm a Gemini so love variety, however we have been in our home here for 6 years and I don't see us moving for at least another 10 years. Although, when I do see other homes and look at the real estate pages I get a little flutter in my tummy.

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  3. Amy@New AdventuresFebruary 18, 2011

    No no.... i have them too! My situation is a bit different though - i currently live in a 2 bedroom duplex with my fiance and my 14 mth son. We getting married in November and i'm hoping to fall pregnant on the honeymoon - which means i really, really, REALLY want to sell this place and find something bigger by early next year!

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  4. I spend hours looking at realestate.com My favourite past time. Husband and I constantly have itching feet, but luckily for us we may actually get to sell/buy this year so it's getting exciting. The thrill of the hunt!! xx

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  5. Yes, I am guilty. We've moved a lot too - done them up, moved on (I blame property programmes) and we've been in this current house since 2006. But yes, we're always looking......we may actually move!
    At the moment we live in a Grade II listed, four storey Regency townhouse with period features but I'm hankering after a modern, glass and steel architect designed minimalist bungalow. Again, I blame Kevin McCloud.

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  6. We found we had to stop looking. Once you start looking it seeds something inside you and before you know it your packing boxes again. Same as you gusy - this is our home for the next few decades. I like that settled feeling. Yay me - but the dear one would be off like a shot if I let him :)

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  7. Addictive, isn't it. The promise of a new blank canvas...

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  8. That flutter. Oh, I get you Annie. That flutter is what my parents had that dragged us from pillar to post. I always swore I wouldn't do it to my children....but that flutter...it's so enticing...

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  9. You will NEED to! Perfect excuse!

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  10. We did a bit of real life looking in your neck of the woods Bianca. We both have a hankering for the Hills....tell me the downsides?

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  11. Ahhh, Kevin. I blame him for a number of things too.....

    And I can totally relate to being torn between the old and new. Totally. Character and creaks over stark clean lines......

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  12. Stop looking?! That means I have to delete all my alerts in RealEstate.com.au? I am not sure I could....eeek!

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  13. My feet are not itchy in the slightest, but just because I am wed to my home doesn't mean I should give up my real estate porn, never! x

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  14. Maggie @ Looking For My FeetFebruary 18, 2011

    I am constantly poring over the real estate ads online. There are some GORGEOUS places out there!

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  15. here i am, still in the first home we ever bought, 13 years later … it took us over a year to find it, and the thought of looking for another house fills me with horror! but a recent windfall has me thinking, and we could do with another bathroom. and i've noticed i don't automatically throw out the real estate section any more.

    let's see: 3/4br, 2br, 2gar, level block, close to schools and transport. chuck in ducted air conditioning (and maybe a garden shed) and i'm there!

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  16. Real Estate porn is what it's called in this house too......

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  17. There are. I am a fan of a well presented floorplan!

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  18. See? The possibilities are just so tempting!

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  19. we have been in our current house for 5 years next month. its the longest i've lived at one address for a loooong time. i get itchy feet after about a year and are wanting to move.

    im constantly looking at real estate online - both down the south coast of where we are [WA] and interstate, specifically tasmania. we have a 3 year plan, stay put where we are and then move. we both love the house we built but don't really like the area.

    so 3 years, doesn't seem long but at the same time feels like forever. i'm getting through it by remembering that in 3 years we will either be living in my preferred location - tasmania *bliss* or the Guvs dream location - the south west of WA - not *bliss* but still not too bad.

    until then i'll keep scouring the real estate section because the one week i don't look - our dream house will be for sale!

    ~x~

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  20. So relieved to realise its not just me. Tasmania is one of my preferred searches too.......

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  21. therhythmmethodFebruary 18, 2011

    Your house is gorgeous. I can see why it ticks all the boxes.
    We live in our ideal house too. Mr Karen bought it before we even met, which made it feel all the more perfect, like it was just waiting for me to come and complete the picture. Our second date was a visit to the house just before he started to renovate - he turned to me and asked "Where do you want your vegie patch?" I think that sealed the deal for me. Cheeky bastard!
    So no, I don't get itchy feet. He does, but that's why he has now started his own domestic building company and he now builds dream homes for other people. It scratches his itch. :)

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  22. I love that. That is so romantic. (And dare I admit, my work scratches my itch too - I have to surrender to the fact that real estate is in my blood.)

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  23. Me! Me! Me!

    I love dreaming about what I would buy if I won lotto. I also love to simply stare wistfully over the fence at the neighbour's historic house.....

    ...although for now I'd be very happy if the 10-25K fairy visited so I could make the necessary improvements to our own abode and see how itchy my feet were then!

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  24. Me!Me!Me!

    I love to dream about what I would buy if I won lotto. I also love to stare wistfully over the fence at the neighbour's 19th century historic sandstone cottage...

    If the 10-50K fairy visited and I could make the necessary changes to our house I wonder if the itchy feet would remain?

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  25. Oh, why would you want to move from that dream home? It is beautiful!

    I've moved often, too often, the last time I had no choice. I have yet to find my dream home and now I know why - YOU'RE living in it...!

    I don't know if I'll ever have the financial resources to buy my dream home, but I will always continue to make whatever home I'm in as dreamy as I can.

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  26. Mum@Mum'sgone2AusFebruary 18, 2011

    Looking at real estate always cheers me up and keeps me motivated, why stop at looking for the perfect home to live in? Put holiday homes here and overseas on the list too!

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  27. $50k fairy is late calling here too. I need a new bathroom at the very least... xx

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  28. Anjanette MortonFebruary 18, 2011

    OMG - I am OB-SESSED with looking at rentals, homes for sales, whatever. It's only a problem when I feel compelled to share with my hubby who shytes himself every time thinking I'm getting set to move again. Which, let's face it, maybe I am ;)

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  29. Sadly that is not my home. It's my current crush. Our home is lovely, but not dreamy...

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  30. Holiday shacks are ALWAYS on alert!

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  31. We've been in this house for a bit over 7 years, it's the longest either of us have lived anywhere since we moved out of our family homes. I like this place but it is a bit small (you know about my castle issues!). We're only still here because we're stuck! In renovater hell!!!!! Once, if ever, this house is finished we want to move. But I don't think we'll ever afford a dream home...unless we win the Lotto...like that will ever happen!

    Love that house in your post. Is that your place??? It's gorgeous.

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  32. Oh just read another comment...it's not yours...*sigh*.

    It's good to dream though, right! x

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  33. You are definitely not alone in this. Although having *just* signed the contracts on our new home I can admit now that the looking was getting depressing. If I checked the paper and nothing new had been listed I can't tell you how down I got until my next "fix"! We haven't lived anywhere longer than 3 years, so I am hoping we will finally put a stop to our itchy feet with this next move, especially seeing it is our dream property! xx

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  34. My house is shrinking every day. My ideal house is a Villa in Bali. I swear I was just there......

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  35. Love to look and wish and dream. We are bursting out of our 1970s home and we either need to extend or move. And soon! I love looking but honestly, the housing market is sooooo expensive in Sydney it is extremely depressing!

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  36. OH YES! Itchy feet for sure!
    We are trying to be sensible, we are waiting and biding our time. We sold 4 years ago and have rented since then... watching, waiting, planning... it's hard, but our time will come again... Until then, I am a real estate whore.
    I look at renovator delights and mentally knock out walls, tear out carpet... I look at dream homes and plan furniture placement... I can't help myself!

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  37. I knew it.

    We rented for a short while in Darwin and I foudn it so liberating. But also it gave me an insatiable urge to window shop ALL the time.

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  38. Adelaide is VALUE buying in comparison. Truly.

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  39. Would you? Could you relocate?

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  40. The fix. I recall that fix so well, when we were looking for our current home. And now I miss it. Your new place looks amazing. I am jealous!

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  41. Get those dreams listed on a things to do list. Then they become real....castles as well...

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  42. Ah hahahahah! Anj, that is hilarious - I have to restrain myself from sharing with lovely husband for the same reason...

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  43. I've only lived in five houses but if I'm passing a Real Estate office I will always linger and look at the pictures. Real Estate porn for sure!

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  44. I'm married to a real estate agent, need I say more.....

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  45. Enjoyed reading this very much. But no! Not me, never again!! We.have been in this house for over three years, the reins are almost completely complete. We might even get pictures on walls and books on shelves one day!

    Keep those papers away from me, don't even think about it. Moving when you have young kids is a killer!

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