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Hunt For A House In The Suburbs And We'll Officially Determine Your Perfect City

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Looks like your Realtor's here! Ready? Let's go house hunting in the 'burbs!

  1. Welcome to House #1! This 5-bedroom, 3½-bathroom home is just over 4,000 square feet. What do you think of the curb appeal?

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  2. As you tour through the house, what feature really appeals to you?

    The huge three-car garage and wide driveway.
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    The huge three-car garage and wide driveway.
    The big corner kitchen that faces the living and breakfast area.
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    The big corner kitchen that faces the living and breakfast area.
    The spacious, green backyard and back porch.
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    The spacious, green backyard and back porch.
    The pool with waterslide and rock waterfall.
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    The pool with waterslide and rock waterfall.
    The king-size master bedroom with bay windows and high ceilings.
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    The king-size master bedroom with bay windows and high ceilings.
    The cavernous upstairs living/game-room space.
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    The cavernous upstairs living/game-room space.
  3. And what little downside would you want to improve?

    The slightly outdated kitchen appliances.
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    The slightly outdated kitchen appliances.
    The weird archways around the formal dining room.
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    The weird archways around the formal dining room.
    The early-'00s cabinets, counters, and tile in all the bathrooms.
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    The early-'00s cabinets, counters, and tile in all the bathrooms.
    The kind-of-tiny laundry room.
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    The kind-of-tiny laundry room.
    The huge side yard that you won't enjoy but have to mow anyway.
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    The huge side yard that you won't enjoy but have to mow anyway.
    The awkward bit of wasted space that isn't living room or kitchen.
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    The awkward bit of wasted space that isn't living room or kitchen.
  4. That's all there is to see here at House #1! It's currently listed at $469,900 — snugly within your budget. Are you thinking about making an offer?

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  5. Ready to check out House #2? Welcome! This home features 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, and is about 2,800 square feet. What comment would you make as you tour through the home?

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    "I can already tell that it's smaller than the last house. But it's cozy."
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    "It's nice that the kitchen faces the eating area with all the windows."
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    "OH this master: Imagine it with our rug and furniture. Really ideal."
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    "Look at the HUGE shower and tub in the master bath!"
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    "This is perfect for romantic movie nights AND parties on game day."
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    "Ooo, a hot tub. I could see myself out here in the evenings..."
  6. And what update would you start secretly plotting?

    Building a backyard swing set and treehouse combo.
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    Building a backyard swing set and treehouse combo.
    Painting over this red, and somehow changing these arches.
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    Painting over this red, and somehow changing these arches.
    Painting all the walls anything BUT beige.
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    Painting all the walls anything BUT beige.
    Updating the kitchen cabinets + countertops.
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    Updating the kitchen cabinets + countertops.
    Updating the bathroom cabinets + countertops.
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    Updating the bathroom cabinets + countertops.
    Nothing! I love this house pretty much as it is already.
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    Nothing! I love this house pretty much as it is already.
  7. So this house has a smaller overall square footage, but it does sit on almost half an acre of land (just over 20,000 square feet, 5,000 *more* than #1 and 10,000 *more* than #3). What reaction do you have to this news?

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  8. Done with House #2? Now for the details: It's listed at $493,000 — partly because you're paying for the land. Still in your budget, but a little closer to the top of it. Are you considering making an offer?

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  9. Time for House #3 — welcome! This home has 5 bedrooms and 3½ bathrooms and is just over 3,800 square feet. As you tour, what stands out to you the most, good or bad?

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    The steepness of the driveway + lots of steps to front door.
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    The steepness of the driveway + lots of steps to front door.
    The HUGE walk-in master closet.
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    The HUGE walk-in master closet.
    The sizable upstairs bedrooms, bigger than the ones in #1 and #2.
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    The sizable upstairs bedrooms, bigger than the ones in #1 and #2.
    The dated counters, cabinets, lights, & shower in the master bath.
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    The dated counters, cabinets, lights, & shower in the master bath.
    The main living area that's not open to the kitchen at all.
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    The main living area that's not open to the kitchen at all.
    The spacious kitchen with stainless appliances + granite counters.
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    The spacious kitchen with stainless appliances + granite counters.
  10. One of the most notable features of this house is its immense back patio, pool, hot tub that would fit 10-12 people, and outdoor kitchen. That comes at the expense of almost any grassy lawn, though. How does this make you feel?

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  11. What other comment do you make about the house as you finish walking through?

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    "I would put the TV *over here*, and have the couch face *this way.*"
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    "I love the good light the kitchen gets from these two windows."
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    "This kitchen island would be a life-changer, it's so much prep space."
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    "Are the only stairs right in the entry space? Hmm...hm."
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    "These jack-and-jills upstairs need work, but function really well."
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    "I'd put another TV up here, so we can watch our own shows."
  12. Okay, that's all for House #3! Time for the numbers check: this home is listed for $499,900, right at the top of your budget. Do you love it enough to think about making an offer?

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  13. It's that time — time to make your offer! Which house will it be: House #1 (5 beds, pool with waterslide), House #2 (4 beds, half an acre, pool + hot tub), or House #3 (5 beds, no yard, pool + bigger hot tub)?

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Hunt For A House In The Suburbs And We'll Officially Determine Your Perfect City

You got: Austin, Texas

The city's official slogan is "Live Music Capital of the World," but the appeal of this town doesn't stop there — you'll get to enjoy excellent BBQ; the Colorado River, which runs right through town (plus nearby lakes and rivers for #WeekendGetaways); and all of the local small businesses that inspired those "Keep Austin Weird" bumper stickers.

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You got: San Diego, California

This city has perfect "movie weather" — it's in the 70s and 80s and sunny most of the year — just right for hiking the many trails that run through and around town! But the perks don't stop there. You'll enjoy really fresh seafood, sushi, and Mexican food; access to tons of beaches; and of course the huge Balboa Park, which houses the world-famous San Diego Zoo.

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You got: Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix does its nickname, "Valley of the Sun," true justice every year — on average, it's sunny 85% of the time. Sometimes that sun gets a little hot (most of the days May through October temps peak at or above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, but it does cool off in the evenings). In the cooler months, you'll be able to take full advantage of the hiking and biking trails in and around the city...and #WeekendGetaways to the Grand Canyon.

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You got: Honolulu, Hawaii

The city's (and the whole island's) tropical temps (mostly between 60 and 80 degrees, year-round), white-sand beaches, and laid-back lifestyle make it ~the dream~. You also won't be far from state parks and other preserved areas, where you can hike through stunning tropical forests. As a resident, you'll enjoy access to any beach and some discounts on hotels, meaning you can take cheap #WeekendGetaways to the other islands.

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You got: Denver, Colorado

Between its acres of parks, eco-friendly mindset, and proximity to the Rocky Mountains, Denver is a nature lover's city. But that's not its only appeal — you'll also enjoy the numerous craft beers by local breweries, seven different arts districts (and all of its street art), and numerous venues for live music. OH, and they have legal marijuana, so you'll get to enjoy that ~Rocky Mountain High~.

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You got: New York City, New York

This bustling metropolis, made up of five boroughs, has a little bit of everything: world-class restaurants both expensive and affordable, all the shopping you could possibly imagine, a couple of huge green parks that are like a shared backyard, and an almost unparalleled arts and theater scene. And when you need a break from the hustle and bustle, the calm hills and forests of upstate New York are just a train ride away.

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