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Open houses and what they’re all about

anix 3 months ago

Attending an open house like an expert

Open houses are a great way for buyers to see a house in person, get to know the seller’s agent, the neighborhood, and the property. They give you the opportunity to walk through the rooms and ask questions of a house you may want to make an offer on. It’s a great information-gathering session that can help speed up the homebuying process. Here are some tips to keep in mind as you visit open houses:

  • Be respectful of the agent who may ask for your contact information and engage in conversation.
  • Prepare a list of questions beforehand and make sure all your questions are answered by the end of the open house.
  • Bring a notepad to jot down your impressions and answers to your questions. This will be particularly helpful if you visit multiple open houses.
  • If it’s not what you are looking for in a house, make a note of what you don’t like.

Questions with purpose

When you ask the right questions during an open house, you get a clear sense of the pros and cons the house has to offer. You won’t find out important information if you are too shy to ask questions, or your questions are too general. Besides the specific details you’ll want to ask, here are some questions to consider asking to help you decide if this is the right house for you:

  • Has there been a price drop or increase since it was listed?
  • Is this a 30-day, 60-day, or 90-day listing?
  • Have there been upgrades or renovations within the last 3–5 years?
  • How are the schools rated in the area?
  • What are the average utility costs for a house this size?
  • What are the demographics of the neighborhood?
  • What caused the owner to want to sell?

At Vámonos Realty, we know that buying a home is a big decision, and we want to be by your side every step of the way. Our real estate agents will work with your needs and help you find a home that’s right for you and your family. Contact us now so we can help you purchase the home of your dreams!

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