We started looking at houses (to purchase) in October of last year. It's been a difficult process because we're looking at them online. Earlier this month we decided to look at houses to rent too because we aren't sure how long we'll be in NC. The problem: we're looking for a house with a FENCE. Where I grew up, this wasn't an issue -- every house had a fence. I can't remember seeing a neighbourhood that didn't have fences around the houses. To give you an idea of how much the fence complicates things, there were over 200 houses in the Cary/Morrisville/Apex area with 4 bedrooms -- NINE of those had fences. When you consider some of the other options we wanted (like larger than a postage stamp lot), the number of potential houses decreased even more. We ended up with two -- one of those houses had a potential mold issue, so we really only have one to choose from. Our real estate agent walked through the house and said it was absolutely beautiful. She took some additional pictures for us of the bonus room and the backyard and we love it.
We're hoping to physically see the house in person in a couple of weeks. I've never had to deal with the house hunt from a distance before. It's been quite challenging and I'm not looking forward to doing it again in the near (?) future.