Monday, March 28, 2011

House hunting in The Hammer

Sorry for the delay in posting but we've been busy. Why, you ask? Well, the Hamilton House Hunt has officially begun. Yes, that's right - we're scouring The Hammer for our "perfect house" (if such a concept actually exists).

Because of our still fairly limited knowledge of Hamilton, we're keeping an open mind with respect to area, but I imagine our fave/preferred Hamilton neighbourhoods will come as no surprise to any of you, as they seem to be the same hoods that everyone else likes (I'm not going to get too specific - this is the internet after all!) :)

On the surface, as newbies to the city, this early house search (we've only been here two months) presents a challenge. Which neighbourhoods do we look at? Do we pay a bit more and be close to amenities, or save some money and drive everywhere? Where are the good schools for our future children to go to? What about dog parks? (and of course, coffee shops). Lots to consider.

That said, the endeavour is so far proving to be easier than our (failed) T-dot house/condo search of last year. For one, I was told not to expect a huge bidding war in The Hammer - welcome news to us, as this is what we now consider normal, thanks to Toronto.

Also, given Hamilton's size, we can look/keep our eye on a smaller area day to day, rather than having to keep tabs on MLS listings in a city the size of Toronto.

Needless to say, the house-buying dollars also go further in Hamilton.

Will keep you posted on my thoughts/musings as the Great Hamilton House Hunt continues...would also be interested to hear tips/thoughts from anybody who has gone through a Hamilton House Hunt of their own.

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