What they bought: A two-bedroom house in the Junction for $422,000.
How long it took A week and a half.
How it happened: Keith, a web developer, was building a site for a real estate agent. One of the homes listed was a $569,000, six-bedroom house. The couple decided to check it out “for shits and giggles,” says Sarah. After a viewing of the fancy place, the agent took the couple to see an unlisted two-bedroom house. They fell in love.
What they liked: Though unassuming from the outside, the house had been gutted and redone inside. A yard at the side gave them the outdoor space they lacked in their Queen and Church loft. They went back to see the house five days later, and decided to go for it.
What happened next: While their financial adviser began pulling together a loan, the couple started negotiating, with their agent representing both parties. The seller agreed to come down from the planned asking price of $435,000, and to make the offer conditional on a home inspection and financing. A week later, their mortgage was approved.
What they learned: For them, privacy is worth a commute. “The fact that he can play video games and I can go to bed early and we won’t
be bugging each other is a really nice change,” says Sarah.