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Why do people buy property too big for them?

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  • Why do people buy property too big for them?

    Another pet peeve of mine - I've found a lot of 4 and 5 bedroom houses are bought by couples with either just one or no kids, and no plans for more.

    So what to do with the spare 2 or 3 bedrooms?

    Sure, it's fine for letting visitors stay over, but I find it strange to see so many people pushing their budgets and stretching their mortgage payments for a property way in excess of what they actually need.

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    I live alone and I wouldn't consider less than a three bedroom house. One room for a guest room, which does get used some, and another for either an office or whatever. Also, a house with more bedrooms usually means larger living areas too which I prefer. If someone would get smart and build homes with a large master suite, a large living dining area and then a small guest room it would be great. But they don't.

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    • #3
      Well Vicki, it sounds like you need to meet with an architect and have him design a house just for you. We have 2 kids, and I'd LOVE to have 4 or 5 bedrooms. One for my husband and I, one for each child, and that would leave one for a guest room and one for an office/computer room. So, I can see why people would want extra rooms.

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      • #4
        Ideally, I will end up building a barn style house with alot of open space and three bedrooms lol. I love space and I suspect that alot of other people do too!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by vicki2 View Post
          If someone would get smart and build homes with a large master suite, a large living dining area and then a small guest room it would be great. But they don't.
          That's a very good point - would be interesting to see if anyone is actually targeting sole occupiers in larger properties directly.

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          • #6
            I would love a four bedroom house but I also have two boys. The one thing I never understood are the houses that have four or more bathrooms. To me I don't get why you need that many bathrooms unless you have a big family.

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            • #7
              We have two bathrooms, but when everyone's trying to get ready at once, those two aren't enough. I'd love to have at least one more. Thankfully I don't have girls, or I'd NEVER get in the bathroom!

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              • #8
                I think en suite houses are great ....whether it's for kids or for guests, it's nice to have privacy and I think it adds to a house. I'd be more likely to buy a house with en suites than not.

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                • #9
                  When you say en suites is that the same as like a mother in law suite? If so I would love to have one of them also.

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                  • #10
                    We used to have three toilets in the house we were renting. Certainly very convenient for all five of us when living there, though my girlfriend hated the extra cleaning chores involved.

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                    • #11
                      Tater, in the UK, en suite means a bathroom included in the bedroom suite ...not a shared one. In the States most master bedrooms have them, but not the other bedrooms usually.

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                      • #12
                        We NEED a 5 bedroom. I have four kids and my husband and I so 6 total. I want my kids to each have their own room so that is why I want that many rooms. I can see what you are talking about .. Why get a huge house if you can't occupy it?

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                        • #13
                          If I had lots and lots of money, I would want a four or five bedroom house, too. I have two kids. But I wouldn't want one like that if I lived alone.
                          I always think it's a good idea to have one extra bedroom, though. If you can afford it, of course.

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                          • #14
                            Thank you so much for explaining what you mean by an ensuite. You're right though the cleaning of all those extra bathrooms would not be any fun.

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