Daughter in MO is buying, has questions
1. She is planning to live in the house about 5 years before selling and moving up. Her friends have all told her not to even consider a house without a basement. Why? Most of the basements she has looked at have either had mold or water in them and her realtor told her not to consider any like that. Also, do basements count in square footage or not? Don't have basements here so I can't advise her.
2. The houses she is looking at either have 4 bedrooms and 2 baths (one in master, one in hall) or 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and another living area instead of the 4th bedroom. Square footage and everything else about equal. Which is more desireable, a 4th bedroom or a 2nd living area?