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Ok, I did a "whirlwind" househunting trip myself several years ago. I saw 17 properties the first day, returned on day 2 to look at 6 finalists, and made an offer the following morning.

One suggestion (besides those already mentioned) I'd have relates to the "how much house you can afford" question. In my move, I got a big salary increase and I was so excited about what the bank told me I could afford. I thought I was being frugal by choosing a house less than that "magic number". Turns out, I felt pinched financially even trying to make those payments while, at the same time, I was making more trips to the mall, going on more vacations, etc. (living above my means all-around). Just something to keep in mind, I should've budgeted.

On the house hunt, be careful to see through surface decor. It was terribly deceiving to me. I was attracted to homes that were decorated the way I like to decorate. Even window treatments that weren't included affected me. A new model home (hiply decorated) by a less-than-reputable builder sold me.....If I'd had more than 2 days to look around, I would've definitely chosen something different.

Try to see yourself making dinner in each house, doing laundry, entertaining, playing with kiddie(s), getting ready, etc. If you have special or oversized furniture, bring measurements & a tape measure. If there is a nasty-colored wallpaper, decide how long you can or will live with it -- or if you'll change things right away.

If you don't have to leave at the crack of dawn the next morning, I'd recommend making the offer Sunday (or even Monday). You'd have a night to sleep on it & hash it over in the hotel. The negotiations can happen via mail/fax -- you don't need to be there. Real esate agents want things to go quickly, but don't be afraid to see properties twice if you need to. It's too important of a decision to be rushed.

(digital cameras are cool for keeping track)
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