Open House Tips for Buyers

You’re thinking of buying a home, so where to begin?

Potential home buyers new to the real estate market may not know exactly what they want in a home or where they want to live. Dream homes in magazines are a great way to get ideas, and looking at pictures of homes online can narrow down some likes and dislikes. However, open house events can really help you get the feel of a home to help you determine if it’s right for you; these events can also help you decide what you need and want in a home.

DOs and DON’Ts for making the most of your open house events

Dress comfortably. You may be climbing stairs, checking out basements and attics, or walking from home to home in a single neighborhood, so wear clothing appropriate for both inside and outside.

Allow plenty of time for each home you plan to visit. If you like the home, take time to drive or walk through the neighborhood after you tour the home.

Bring your list of likes, dislikes, and must haves. Update with options or new ideas you see in an open house. These will help your real estate agent find the right home for you.

Sign in. If you already have a real estate agent, or plan to use a specific agent, inform the hosting agent. Remember, this is how an agent earns a living. You don’t want your home-buying experience  to be marred by conflict between agents each having a claim on your purchase.

Make a list of questions for your real estate agent to ask the selling agent.

Ask permission before pulling out your camera phone. Respect the seller’s privacy.

If you are interested in the house, collect the host agent’s business card and contact information to pass on to your agent.

If you want to make an offer on the home, call your agent as soon as possible.

DON’T bring children to an open house. If the open house is still the homeowners’ home, it will contain their belongings, which could tempt children.

DON’T expect an open house to be childproofed.

DON’T bring pets to an open house.

DON’T look in cupboards, closets, or drawers that the host indicates are off-limits. Your agent can arrange for a more in-depth viewing at another time.

DON’T be deceived by air fresheners and other masking odors. Each of us responds to different odors subconsciously. If you sense an overabundance of deodorizers, the source simply may be a recently-removed litter box, or it could indicate a deeper problem like mold. Make a note to look for the source on a private visit to the house with your real estate agent.

DON’T ask questions about what type of offer the owner will entertain. Those negotiations are your real estate agent’s job. The selling agent represents the interest of the seller, not the potential buyer. Write your questions down and follow up with your own real estate agent as soon as possible.

DON’T arrange a follow-up visit with the host unless she is your agent. Let your own agent arrange for a return viewing.

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April 25, 2016

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