Most buyers would agree — open house events are great. It's easy to see why. You can take a peek into homes that are clearly out of your league, and there's no need to make prior arrangements — you just walk in. With an open house, you can take things casually and enjoy the experience or use it to help you find a home of your own. If you are ready to take things more seriously, read below for some tips on making the most of your next open house.
Get an Idea of Your Ideal Price
Buyers who take the step of being preapproved may happen upon the right house at the right time more easily. Once you know how much home you can afford, you will naturally gravitate towards appropriate open house events.
Bring Along Your Tech
Photos are allowed at open houses, and you would be wise to take a lot. You might even perform your very own narrated video of the home. Having visual reminders of the home can help you make decisions when comparing two homes or when you want to take another look at a home. Use your phone to record questions for the real estate agent on duty and to note the address and asking price as well.
Get Together With Your Partner
Anyone who's watched the popular television show House Hunters will know that couples looking at houses don't always have the same ideas in mind. Open houses allow you and your partner to learn about each other's must-haves and pet peeves, and that can help you buy a home that makes both of you happy. It might be helpful to keep up with home features that you both love and hate.
Meet an Agent
Real estate agents are not just for sellers — buyers can benefit from them too. Sometimes, you won't pay a penny for the expertise of an agent that helps you find a home. At least one agent will always be on duty at open house events, and this is your opportunity to get to know them. Just chat a bit with them, and don't leave without their card.
If you love the home and the agent is busy, make an appointment to return later for another visit. As a point of etiquette, if you are already working with an agent, be sure to let the open house agent know about it.
Homes get sold during open house events all the time. Be sure not to procrastinate on making an offer on a great home. To find out more, speak to a real estate agent.