disclosure: this post is sponsored by Homes.com

One of my favorite things to do is look at real estate.

You know.

Look at houses.

Take virtual tours.

See how one room leads into another.

Years ago my mother and I used to play this game. We’d be out yard saling in the historic town where we live where none of the houses look exactly the same and we’d see a home for sale. Realtors used to put these boxes out in front with paper sheets that showed all the details of the home and the rooms and the bathroom and the square footage and the price. I’d open the car door and run to the box and grab a sheet and hop back into the car.

And then?

My mother and I would try and guess the price before we looked at the paper.

And the loser would treat the winner to a Diet Coke at the McDonald’s drive-through.

Doesn’t it sound like fun?

Want to play?

I’m going to show you pictures of the house and details on the home and then I’m going to ask you to guess the price.

Are you ready?

Let’s go.

This is house number 1

This is one of my very favorite houses in McKinney. It has an amazing history and I wish you could see the architecture in person. It’s truly beautiful. It’s located in the downtown historic district, close to the shops and restaurants on the square.

Come on in.

Let me show you around.

Isn’t it amazing? Seriously that architecture. And it was built in the 1800’s. Can you guess how much this house is worth?


Before we start—you need some basic information.

It’s in McKinney, Texas (where I live) which is part of the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex.

This home is 4,444 square feet and it was built in 1870.

It has 4 bedrooms and 4 baths.

There’s a massive kitchen and a sun porch and an incredible staircase with two living areas.

Now you have all the info and you’ve seen the house.

Do you think it’s:
A. 425,000
B. 575,000
C. 795,000
D. 1,000,435

for the answer click here

Were you right?

Did you guess it? Of course, you did–you are a real estate professional.

Do you want to play again?

Oh, good.

Because here’s house number 2.

This is house number 2

Fun fact. This house is right down the street from the house we used to live in before we moved to Kentucky.

I’ve walked by this house more times than I can count and thought how incredible the yard was and I’ve always wondered what it looked like inside.

And now?

Let me take you on a tour.

Isn’t the decorating amazing? I love the last bedroom and that bed tucked under the eves.

And now?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Can you guess how much this second house is worth?


Before we start—you need some basic information.

It’s in McKinney, Texas (where I live) which is part of the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex.

This home is 3017 square feet and it was built in 2002.

It has 4 bedrooms and 5 baths.

It has a small garage with a room walled off for workspace.

Now you have all the info and you’ve seen the house.

Do you think it’s:
A. 225,000
B. 267,000
C. 579,000
D. 609,000

for the answer click here

Did you guess it?

Isn’t this fun?

Let’s play one more time.

Here’s house number 3.

This is house number 3

This is the sweetest home. I love the front porch and the color of the outside and it’s been completely remodeled.

It is a jewel box of a home.

And now?

Let me take you on a tour.

What do you think?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Can you guess how much this third house is worth?


Before we start—you need some basic information.

It’s in McKinney, Texas (where I live) which is part of the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex.

This home is 1237 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths.

There’s a deck off the back and a giant back yard.

You have all the info and you’ve seen the house.

Do you think it’s:
A. 189,000
B. 215,000
C. 279,000
D. 305,000

for the answer click here

Thank you so much for playing along and touring our town.

I just love looking at homes and seeing the inside of homes that I’ve walked by all my life. Each of the homes also has a video tour that you can take, too, to see more of the inside.

I’d love to know what you think of the houses.

Were you right?

Did you have a favorite?

I do.

Can you guess which one?

If you tell me which one was your favorite, I’ll e-mail you with mine. 🙂

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  1. Image for Jolyn Jolyn

    I like the first one the best. What a great price! Have we seen #3 before??? It reminds me of the ones you were looking at for an office.

  2. Image for Kim Kim

    Fun game and wow! Those prices are crazy good! I really need to move...NY prices are nuts. I like #2, I'm a cottage girl and that one is super sweet.

  3. Image for Lynda Schneider Lynda Schneider

    Hi Karianne, This was fun but I was way off on the prices. I was guessing way too high. I live in Maryland about 50 miles from Washington DC and our real estate prices are very inflated. All 3 of these houses are beautiful. I also love to look at real estate. I love to see how people decorate and love to look at the landscaping and outdoor living areas just to get ideas. Love your taste and style. Have a great day!

  4. Image for Christie Titus Christie Titus

    Alrighty! I LOVE looking at houses, you could say it's a hobby ;) I got 3 out of 3 correct!! My fav, house #2. Thanks for the game, I enjoyed it! Take care :). Christie PS, I live in Massachusetts so those homes are bargains! My cousin lives in Houston and although those house prices have climbed pretty high I remember when she bought her 1st home in 1997 she paid $80,000 well below what we paid!

  5. Image for Donna Holsey Donna Holsey

    I got one of three correct. I play this game all the time. I hope it becomes one of your regular features. It is fun to see homes from all over the country. I follow "For The Love of Old Houses" on Facebook and it is so much fun to look at the pics first and guess the price before reading it. Check it out, meanwhile love you and your blog. Stay well and safe!

  6. Image for Betsy Betsy

    House number 3 speaks to me. It looks like a cozy place that needs some updating but not as much as the other 2. The kitchens in both #1 and #2 scream I need $$$$$ for updates.

  7. Image for Susan Johnston Susan Johnston

    Oh KariAnn! I Really Love House #1, that architecture is amazing! We visited McKinney in the winter of 2019 and didn't see any lovely houses like this!! I guess that means we need to revisit! I was really high on house #1, but got #2 & #3 correct! Love this game! Thanks!!

  8. Image for Yvonne Shafer Yvonne Shafer

    Hi Karianne! I like #3 for its size. All are well-priced! Please tell me what is the slatted thing that seems to sit on top of your house? From the picture, it looks like it’s just attached to the rooftop. Thanks!

  9. Image for Pam Pam

    I over guessed the first house and under guessed the other two. I like number 2 the best. Number one looked like a money pit,

  10. Image for Crystal Crystal

    Love #2. I was close, but not right on any of them. The last time you played this game, I was low on each. This time I was high.

  11. Image for Sharon Smith Sharon Smith

    #2 is my favorite.....but I did not get any of the prices right!!! Thank you for sharing these houses with all of us. It gets my wanderlust going again. Have a happy day!

  12. Image for Jan Jan

    #2 which was the only one I got right was my favorite. I was truly amazed by the low cost of real estate in McKinney, TX, we should all move there and not pay the inflated prices we are paying in other areas of the country. I love that you always describe it as "small town America" and it seems to have a true neighborhood feel to it. Love your house the best of all though, thanks for sharing it with us, every step of the way.

  13. Image for Alison B Alison B

    That was FUN! I love seeing houses in other areas to compare prices to my area. I was WAY high on the 1st house then got the other 2 correct. I agree with the others #2 was my favorite.

  14. Image for Becky King Becky King

    That was fun! But I guessed waaaay too high on all three. Especially loved House #2. Let’s play again sometime!

  15. Image for Carrie Carrie

    Number Three is my fave if I am the one in charge of cleaning it~ ha ha...LOVE #2 for style....and while Number 1 is gorgeous~ it's overwhelming in size. BUT, my FAVE would be whichever one is the closest to you. LOVE when you have this game!!!

  16. Image for Claudia Claudia

    My favorite was #1. I loved #2 as well. The character was erased from #3. I would have to add it back in. I enjoyed this activity.

  17. Image for Barb Barb

    My hubby and I have been playing that game for over 50 years. Of course, in CA the prices are always sky high. We almost moved to TX hill country, so we became more familiar with the TX housing prices . Experience seems to have paid off because I got all 3 right. My favorite, without a doubt is #2...so much character and the decor really does it justice

  18. Image for Rebecca Turner Rebecca Turner

    Fun game! I got all three prices correct. Your post came just minutes after being told that the Heritage-type home my husband and I were hoping to buy was taken off the market. I’m so disappointed! But I guess it wasn’t in God’s plan for us.

  19. Image for Libbie Libbie

    I love this game! My husband and I play this all the time. I was pretty good about the pricing because I am from MI and our housing prices are very affordable also. My fav was # 2.

  20. Image for Candy Candy

    Got 2 out of 3 right. I love the first one anything "vintage" I seem to fall for, great price too! Thanks for sharing!

  21. Image for Claudia A Claudia A

    No. 4 is my favorite. However, I couldn’t afford any of these homes. I live in IN and out housing market was just going up. Then Rona hit and who knows where we are now. I’ve been on lock down since March 1st. Thank you for a fun game.

  22. Image for Marty Marty

    How fun was this!! I love looking at houses and I love to walk through model homes, that are always so full of inspiration. I love the first house, it is amazing. I wouldn't have guess the price in a million years, the prices in Phoenix are so much higher. Fun game.

  23. Image for Kellie Kellie

    I used to do this years ago before buying my first house. Now I look at the real estate websites. I knew housing was cheaper, but OMG!! I get such house envy when watching the shows on TV that feature houses from Texas, Utah, and other less expensive housing markets. They show young single-income couples buying 5 bedroom houses that would cost many millions here in CA. I live near San Francisco and San Jose (Silicon Valley) CA. The smallest house you show would sell for over $1 million in most areas around here. If you commute over an hour, the prices are less, but still over 500,000. The others would all be well over 2 million. It is insane! My children, college age, both say they will never be able to buy a house here. I paid $109,000 in 1996 for a house smaller than the cheapest you've shown. The only benefit is that the market appreciates so much you can sell your house for many times what you paid for it when you retire.

  24. Image for Sarah Sarah

    Well I sucked at that game, but hopefully you’ll excuse me as I live in Canada, a world away from McKinney Texas. My favourite was the one with the gorgeous gardens and the bed tucked under the eaves. Thanks for giving us a peek into your home town.

  25. Image for Kim Kim

    Fun game! I was wrong on all three home prices. My favorite home is #2, but I want to downsize, so I would buy #3 and have fun changing it inside and outside.

  26. Image for Melody K. Melody K.

    I guessed the prices on 2 & 3 but was way off on #1. They were all beautiful but house 1 was my favorite and wow what a great price!

  27. Image for Diane Hayes Diane Hayes

    I'm all about history ~ so house number 1 is my favorite. Gorgeous stairs. The wood ~ oh my gosh! I got the price wrong on this house (I went higher), but nailed the price on 2 & 3. I love this game!! Like watching House Hunters and guessing which one they will choose. Thanks for sharing. A fun game for those who are still in quarantine ( I am. I live in Massachusetts). Have a great day!

  28. Image for Kris Kris

    I don't even try to guess. House prices vary so much! #2 is my fave ... I'm guessing it's yours as well, but sometimes you surprise me.

  29. Image for Dee Dee

    My favorite house which of course isn't shown here but it's yours! This was fun, and I really loved the first house it has a lot of character and such tall ceilings and just any features that I really liked, but my favorite was the second house it was just so cottage charming!

    1. Image for Ann C Ann C

      I agree Dee, KariAnne’s home beats all of them but she is continually updating and these don’t appear to have been updated.

  30. Image for Jeanine Jeanine

    My husband and I play this game! We are always looking at houses. I got 2 out of 3 right, and number 2 would be my favorite, though there are a few changes I woukd make after I moved in. 😉

  31. Image for Rev. Suzanne Taylor Rev. Suzanne Taylor

    #3 is my favorite. It's small, has a great front yard and porch, a white kitchen with white appliances (Never been fond of the stainless stuff.), and it's small. Yes, I said small twice. I am more comfortable in a smaller house. Ironically, I live in a huge raised ranch.

  32. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    I loved #1, it is such a pretty old house, not that i need all that room but, i love older houses they have such wonderful character. Thanks, it was fun, i love to tour open houses too.

  33. Image for PJ PJ

    #3 is my favorite.The other tw o are beautiful, but way too big for my husband and I. I just think of cleaning them. Oy vey..... I would guess #2 is your favorite.

  34. Image for Kathy Kathy

    I like house number 2. Isn't house number 3 the one you bought or was planning to buy for your classes? I too love to look at houses to see how they are decorated.

  35. Image for pamela reid pamela reid

    2 out of 3 isn't bad. I got #3 incorrect. My fave is #1, and I highly suspect it is yours as well. It needs updating with the kitchen cabinets, but the rest of the kitchen is just so special and unique. I wouldn't change anything else. So which one was yours? Thanks for the fun girly :) Pamela

  36. Image for Ann C Ann C

    House #2was my favorite if I was buying. I was way off on the price of #1 thinking much higher, right with #2, and low on #3. I have always had a curiously of how people decorated & lived. As a young girl I would imagine when I grew up I would take a clipboard and go to all the houses I loved & tell them I worked for Better Homes & Garden magazine & I wanted to see their home Incase we wanted to feature it. Of course that never came true but I remember the planning clearly. Now I just buy decorating magazines f books like yours!

  37. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    Oh I love when you do this! I was wrong on all three this time! My fav without a doubt is that first one. Oh the CHARM! And it is priced really well! Thanks for the fun.

  38. Image for Jane Jane

    So fun.. I loved #3. Cute! It’s crazy how different states can charge more-up here in WA my daughter just paid over $300,000 for 1,100 sq ft/ 3 beds & 1 bath.🙃 Thanks for the house tours, and your sunny disposition!

  39. Image for Karen atkins Karen atkins

    I got 2 out of 3 right. I expected the first house to be much more. I have an advantage since I am in downtown McKinney frequently (live in Allen). My favorite was the second home.

  40. Image for Sandi from the Cape Sandi from the Cape

    I didn't get the coke until the last house. House #1 is my favorite but I wouldn't want to have to clean or paint it! I think I'm living in the wrong part of the USA!

  41. Image for Rebecca K Rebecca K

    I only got 1 out of three on the price check! Oops! My favorite was the first one, maybe because of the front staircase! The colors were not my choice colors, but that can always change. I would love to live near you and drop by for tea or drive through at McDonalds for a sweet tea! Thanks for the game.

  42. Image for JoAnn JoAnn

    #2 was my favorite and the only one I guessed correctly. McKinney prices seem more reasonable than Plano. We moved from there to East Texas when we retired.

  43. Image for Lesley Earls Lesley Earls

    I love house #2...so pretty! Anybody have any idea how the did their kitchen cabinets with the whitewash sort of look? I’ve searched forever for a similar technique and haven’t found anything. Regular whitewashing seems to be if you want more of that pickled look, and just adding white wax doesn’t seem right without some sort of topcoat protection (I’d like to keep the durability of the poly we have on our oak). Any ideas?

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