Quiz Time: How Hooked Are You?

by hookedonhouses on July 9, 2009

I thought it would be fun to take a poll and see just how “hooked” my readers are on houses. Take the quiz (a version of what I posted here), and then tell us how you scored.

Are you Hooked on Houses? Give yourself a point for each of the following statements that you agree with:


1. If there’s a “For Sale” sign in my neighborhood, I can tell you how much they’re asking for their house, and whether it’s worth it.

2. I have a habit of checking the real estate listings online, even though I’m not planning to move.

3. I think the best time to take a walk is at dusk–after people have started turning on their lights, but before they have closed their blinds!

4. I like to visit Open Houses and model homes, just for fun.

5. I will stop to take a photo of a beautiful house if I have a camera with me.

6. When I visit someone’s home, I immediately start looking around to see what changes they’ve made since the last time I was there.

7. I get upset when I see a beautiful old home that looks neglected and unloved, and I fantasize about “rescuing” it.

8. I have considered or have been told I should be a real estate agent, architect, or decorator.

9. I like to check out the local house listings when I’m traveling to see how much it would cost to live there–and then fantasize about either buying a vacation home or moving there for good.

10. I can name my favorite paint colors–or the ones I used in my house–off the top of my head.

*EXTRA CREDIT* Give yourself 2 extra points if you regularly read 3 or more decorating/house blogs or write one yourself!


{To take a tour of the beautiful 1872 Victorian Italianate home at the top of the post, visit Lookiloos, one of my favorite blogs for house addicts!}

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rachel July 9, 2009 at 8:14 am

this cracked me up- i wouldn’t have said i was “hooked,” but i answered yes to every question. in fact, we’re moving to a house i found by “browsing” online listings! HA!! but i definitely shouldn’t be writing the blog for you- then what would i read? : )

Deborah Milne July 9, 2009 at 8:39 am

Great quiz Julia & I like the new look of your blog. I laughed because I am in the final stages of getting my real estate license. I figured it was about time to make me legal!!

Have a great day 😀 deb
.-= Deborah Milne´s last blog ..Recipe for a Wednesday =-.

Linda@ Restyled Home July 9, 2009 at 8:41 am

Scary enough, I amswered yes to all of them. But write your blog? No way. No one could ever fill your shoes!! You’re the best!
.-= Linda@ Restyled Home´s last blog ..On the Cover of a Magazine… =-.

Janmary, N Ireland July 9, 2009 at 9:33 am

We must have been separated at birth!

Great quiz, and scary that I scored top marks :)
.-= Janmary, N Ireland´s last blog ..When Raymond met Sally =-.

Olive Rue July 9, 2009 at 9:34 am

Well I am in the 6-9 points range, but I used to be a real estate appraiser so maybe that gives me some extra points huh,Julia!

Jane @ Beach House July 9, 2009 at 10:06 am

I know I have a problem – the question is whether I should continue blogging about it or make a career of it. Currently fantasizing about buying a “summer home” about 2000′ from mine.
.-= Jane @ Beach House´s last blog ..Razed =-.

Linda@Lime in the Coconut July 9, 2009 at 10:14 am

Hmmm. I got a 12. Can you make it more challenging {blush}??

But YOU need to write your wonderful creative blog…only YOU!
.-= Linda@Lime in the Coconut´s last blog ..Do you Bamboo?? =-.

Susan July 9, 2009 at 10:47 am

I came across your blog a couple of months ago and now I realize I’m not alone in obsessing about houses. I laughed when I saw the quiz. I’m guilty of all but carrying a camera with me to photograph houses! Love your blog – keep up the good work!

Brandy July 9, 2009 at 10:54 am

oh my goodness – number 7! Is there a support group for people like me?!?!
.-= Brandy´s last blog ..Checking in – and Some Good Stuff to Share =-.

Christine July 9, 2009 at 11:09 am

Oh my gosh, I thought I was the only one who went for walks at dusk ; )

Blakely July 9, 2009 at 11:12 am

Question number 7 was the one that struck me the most. There is an old house in my husband’s home town that we pass when going to visit his parents, and I would so like to rescue it. I can so imagine what it must have looked like in all its glory and I would love to return it to that state.
.-= Blakely´s last blog ..The Glass Castle Review =-.

Lori July 9, 2009 at 11:39 am

Definitely hooked! I agreed with all but one! It’s nice knowing I’m not the only one!
.-= Lori´s last blog ..Our 4th! =-.

Elaine's Semi-Homemade Life July 9, 2009 at 11:43 am

Honestly, I answered yes to each question except the one about old houses. My hubby is a builder so I guess I’ve always focused on new construction. I should look into this ‘becoming a real estate agent’ idea….. anyone have any tips or info to share? :)

Jane July 9, 2009 at 11:53 am

I scored 100% Just went to an estate sale today to have a look at the house!
.-= Jane´s last blog ..RANDOM MUSINGS =-.

Kathy :) July 9, 2009 at 12:16 pm

LOL Nice to know I am not alone……I can’t believe I kept answering YES !!! But NO only you should write this BLOG :)

Have a great week-end,
Kathy :)

Shaybert July 9, 2009 at 1:17 pm

Guilty! But I don’t think anyone could do a better job than you do at writing your blog.
Blessings, Shay
.-= Shaybert´s last blog ..My Daughter’s Craftsman Home =-.

Amanda @ Serenity Now July 9, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Oh, I’m hooked all right. But no one should ever let me near your blog. Ever. You do amazing work! 😉
.-= Amanda @ Serenity Now´s last blog ..Thrifty Thursday: It’s Chic to Be Cheap {19} =-.

laura @ the shore house July 9, 2009 at 2:02 pm

Hello, my name is Laura and I’m addicted to houses. :-)

I LOLd at #3…Mike wants to hide under a car when I do this. Though since we’ve bought a house…I notice he’s come around a bit.
.-= laura @ the shore house´s last blog ..A kazoo is not a toy. =-.

Darla July 9, 2009 at 2:34 pm

#3 snoooort! Totally.
.-= Darla´s last blog ..Did you know your butt gets sore… =-.

Melinda July 9, 2009 at 2:48 pm

Hi, my name is Melinda _____ , and I’m a house-a-holic. 10-10 !

FROM THE RIGHT BANK July 9, 2009 at 3:25 pm

I get a perfect score. I thought I’d get like 80-90% but nope 100% + the bonus! And #9 is like my favorite thing to do in the whole world. :)
.-= FROM THE RIGHT BANK´s last blog ..Wanted: A Library =-.

Emily B July 9, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Great quiz. I’m definitely hooked!
.-= Emily B´s last blog ..random confession =-.

Jenny July 9, 2009 at 4:15 pm

What a fun quiz. I’m not nearly as bad as I used to be!
.-= Jenny´s last blog ..Picnic Table Talk: Vacations =-.

Why S? July 9, 2009 at 4:19 pm

I also got a perfect score. I’m constantly redesigning other people’s homes in my head! And when I go to those Open Houses for fun, I’m always thinking of how the homes should have been staged.

But your fans agree. We only want you writing your blog.

marieDee July 9, 2009 at 4:28 pm

I’m hooked, but there’s no way I could write your blog! That takes more than just being hooked on houses. Kudos.

Susie July 9, 2009 at 6:47 pm

I’m totally hooked on houses. I got a perfect score. I knew I was already hooked, expecially when neighbors come to me to see if I know what a house is listed for.
.-= Susie´s last blog ..Lazy Summer Days =-.

Susan July 9, 2009 at 7:15 pm

You have been reading my mind, Julia…I’m guilty of all of them! When my son was around 7…we were seriously considering moving…so we spent quite a few weekend walking through new subdivisions trying to decide exactly what we wanted while checking out the paint colors and feature. One Saturday morning he popped out of bed and asked, “Are we going to go try out houses today?” :-) Yep, I’m obsessed! Great poll!
.-= Susan´s last blog ..Welcome to the 46th Tablescape Thursday! =-.

Linda/ Mom in AZ July 9, 2009 at 8:10 pm

* I got a 9 (PLUS your “bonus 2″… thanks!)~~~

I got “the bug”, BIG-TIME, from my Mom… my Sis did too… and HER two girls also…(Guess that’s why the hubs just calls it “a chick thing”!!!)~~~

Fun!!! Thanks,
Linda in AZ *

Kristin July 10, 2009 at 9:53 am

One more Question
Is House Hunters your favorite HGTV show?
.-= Kristin´s last blog ..Free Advice… Window Valances =-.

Struggler July 10, 2009 at 10:59 am

It looks like most of us are hooked beyond redemption.

I have a problem, when I visit friends’ homes, of looking up at the ceilings and out of the windows as well as at my hosts. I’ve been told that scanning the entire space like this is ‘buying’ behavior rather than guest behavior and therefore can be somewhat rude!

We should add extra points for:
a) Over-use of zillow.com to find out what people actually paid for their homes (guilty!)
b) Knocking on the door of somewhere you used to live and asking complete strangers if you can come in to see how it looks now. My Mom actually did this … I guess this Hooked thing is genetic.
.-= Struggler´s last blog ..Books for stylish bloggers =-.

Kristen @ More Than Mulberries July 10, 2009 at 5:13 pm

The only one I couldn’t answer yes to was the paint. I’m not great in that dept – although I am great with colors. (My husband things I am one of those people who have an off the spectrum view of color!) Love this quiz and finding that there are so many other people who share my obsession of houses!
.-= Kristen @ More Than Mulberries´s last blog ..K & D Wedding Flowers! =-.

Nancy July 13, 2009 at 8:41 pm

Oh, my. Are there other people that cruise realtor.com for fun? We move often and I have researched countless cities. What would you like to know? From an amateur, of course. I scored over the top.
.-= Nancy´s last blog ..Julie & Julia? Cast paper ornaments giveaway =-.

Alycia Wicker July 18, 2009 at 1:00 am

I must say since finding your site recently I have fallen in love with your blog. I am hooked on houses as well. I’m an interior designer and have always loved homes and liked peeking in windows on walks.
I think I have one more thing you could add to your list.

11. Seeing a home for sale that you love and want with no intention of buying it (unless you won the lottery) and getting heartbroken when someone buys it knowing you can never have it.

Love the posts, keep up the good work!

CherylK October 18, 2009 at 9:19 am

Yep…I’m hooked. Yes to every question! In fact, I’m pet sitting for my daughter this weekend and stopped at an open house, yesterday! It’s Sunday today which means there will be lots open! Yay! Love your website!
.-= CherylK´s last blog ..Tissue Paper Walls and Other Ramblings… =-.

Renato January 27, 2010 at 7:22 am

Oh My God! I just arrived in USA to study interior design for 3 years. I am 40 years old and I am hoocked on houses. I answered yes for all the questions and I got the 2 extra points too!! Does anyone like the brazilian stile? I love this site!

Savannah October 7, 2010 at 10:39 pm

I’m an over-achiever on this list… ready for a 12 step program!

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