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Go House Hunting And We'll Tell You What State You Should Actually Live In

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Ready to go house hunting? Your realtor's here — let's go!

  1. Welcome to house #1! It boasts 2,836 square feet. How do you feel about the curb appeal?

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  2. During the walk-through, what feature do you end up liking the most?

    The spacious kitchen
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    The spacious kitchen
    The open floorplan between the kitchen and living area
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    The open floorplan between the kitchen and living area
    The convenient half-bathroom
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    The convenient half-bathroom
    The storage-friendly master bathroom
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    The storage-friendly master bathroom
    The updated second bathroom
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    The updated second bathroom
    The huge finished, carpeted basement
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    The huge finished, carpeted basement
  3. And what downside makes you wrinkle your nose a little?

    The stairs immediately face the front door.
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    The stairs immediately face the front door.
    The master bedroom is relatively small.
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    The master bedroom is relatively small.
    The other three bedrooms are relatively small.
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    The other three bedrooms are relatively small.
    The wood floor changes direction through the house.
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    The wood floor changes direction through the house.
    The patio's nice, but the yard is relatively small.
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    The patio's nice, but the yard is relatively small.
    The formal sitting room square footage could be better distributed.
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    The formal sitting room square footage could be better distributed.
  4. The good news is: the list price for this house is $475,000 — $25,000 under your max budget! Will you keep house #1 under consideration?

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  5. Welcome to House #2! It has 3,314 square feet, and more bedrooms than you're looking for: five total, with three and a half baths. What comment do you make while you tour the lower level?

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    "Kitchen's a little small, but I love the stainless steel appliances."
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    "The built-ins here are great, although I'd paint them."
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    "Think about the game-day parties we could have in THIS living room!"
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    "Our furniture would fit perfectly in here, but it feels so closed-in."
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    "Oooh, I love basin sinks in a powder room."
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    "I could totally use this as my music room."
  6. How do you feel about the master bedroom, bathroom, and closet space? (The bath and walk-in closet are separate from the master bedroom.)

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  7. What other feature do you like best about this house?

    The four-car garage
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    The four-car garage
    The second master with en suite bath
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    The second master with en suite bath
    The office / weight room (/craft room)
    The office / weight room (/craft room)
    The huge, organized workbench in one of the garages
    The huge, organized workbench in one of the garages
    The pergola and patio in the backyard
    The pergola and patio in the backyard
    The open floor plan downstairs! I can't love anything as much as that.
    The open floor plan downstairs! I can't love anything as much as that.
  8. House #2 is a little closer to your max budget, at $485,000. That's still $15,000 *under* your max, which is great. Do you keep house #2 on your list?

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  9. Two houses down, one to go — house #3! It boasts 2,533 square feet. After your walk-through, what stands out to you the most, good or bad?

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    The huge, updated, en suite master bathroom with two sinks
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    The huge, updated, en suite master bathroom with two sinks
    The awkward bar that divides the kitchen in half
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    The awkward bar that divides the kitchen in half
    The strange second space for living area that's closed off from the kitchen
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    The strange second space for living area that's closed off from the kitchen
    The extra square footage and storage in all the bedrooms
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    The extra square footage and storage in all the bedrooms
    The open, echo-prone upstairs hall with an outdated light fixture
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    The open, echo-prone upstairs hall with an outdated light fixture
    The sprawling finished basement, with windows for natural light
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    The sprawling finished basement, with windows for natural light
  10. Arguably one of the biggest perks of this home is the huge patio, master bedroom balcony, and yard that backs up to a park and a lake, so you don't have neighbors out back at all. How do you feel about this perk?

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  11. What comment would you make after you finished your house tour?

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    "I would paint the vanity and walls in that half-bath, but otherwise it's great."
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    "That huge bonus room was awesome — I could see myself setting up for [insert your hobby here]."
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    "The open-to-downstairs hallway is very echoey — I don't know if I can live with that."
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    "The laundry room was huge — more like a laundry command center!"
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    "The second bath was kind of small, but it *was* updated, and could work well for us."
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    "We would make the master bedroom look MUCH better than it does now, and it was BIG."
  12. Here's the thing, though. House #3 is almost at your max budget — $499,000. Would you still consider it?

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  13. Drumroll, please! The moment is here. You have $500,000 to spend. Your agent wants to know: Which house will you make an offer on?

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Go House Hunting And We'll Tell You What State You Should Actually Live In

You got: You should live in Texas!

Now you just have to decide what PART of Texas fits you best: a city like Houston or San Antonio? (Remember the Alamo!) The country, whether you're in the hill country down south or canyon country up near the panhandle? West Texas, where you can watch high school football every Friday? So many possibilities!

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You got: You should live in Hawaii!

You're down to live the island lifestyle. (Including the long-haul flights to visit your parents back in the continental U.S. — unless you're from Hawaii!) You'll get to enjoy the freshest pineapple and produce and find a nice apartment or bungalow probably not-so-near the beach. Then you can sign up for surfing lessons and hike up volcanoes on the weekends!

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You got: You should live in Colorado!

You want to get your hike on every weekend in the summer, your ski on every weekend in the winter, and your legal weed on at every safe opportunity. Whether you end up in a city like Denver, a cute small town, or up on a mountain in a secluded cabin, you'll be sure to seize every outdoor (and indoor) opportunity!

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You got: You should live in New York!

Maybe the big city's in your blood, or maybe you'd rather live somewhere where you can visit the big city and Canada in no time at all. Whether you end up in NYC, the actual Sleepy Hollow, Albany, up by the Finger Lakes, or somewhere else, you'll have the best of culture and nature (you can't miss the stunning fall foliage) at your fingertips!

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You got: You should live in Montana!

You're dying to live somewhere with beautiful topography and great national parks, and Montana is the place for you — you can visit Yellowstone or Glacier National Park anytime you want! It's also the 45th-least-populated state and has the fourth-biggest total land area of any state in the country, too, which means you get more wide open spaces to yourself.

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You got: You should live in California!

Now the real question is which ~part~? If you're hoping for lots of hiking and mind-blowing national forests, head up north. If you can't imagine anything better than going to the beach every day, southern California might be more your style. And LA? Well, you'll have to spend some time there to know if it's for you.

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