Your Open House Game Plan

Open Houses are constantly happening all over the city. There are so many ways you can find an open house to visit: you can ask your realtor to take you to them, check local ads and roadside signs for house showings, follow word of mouth recommendations, google it, etc.. In June we featured a post on finding an Open House to visit. Read up on the suggestions listed in that post by clicking the following link: How To Find An Open House.

Whenever you go to an Open House, you need to come up with a clear game plan. Start by answering this simple question:

What do I hope to get out of this?

If you want to simply explore various properties for fun, that is completely fine! Make sure that when you do this you are considerate of the people who are seriously considering purchasing the property. Do not take up the agents time or lead anyone on. Give potential buyers priority in looking at the rooms. Be respectful and aware of those around you.

If you are seriously considering purchasing the property, engage the agent! They will either give you a tour of the home or let you look around on your own. Make sure you know ahead of time what your non-negotiables are: what are some features the house must or must not have? Be on the lookout for these to make the most out of your time. Sometimes it can be helpful to make notes along the way.

If you have decided that this is the home for you, have your realtor present and be ready with an offer. Be assertive but also make sure you follow proper etiquette. Your realtor will be able to give you all the information you need to know about the process and will be with you every step of the way. Remember that they are your greatest asset!

Finally, no matter what your intentions are, be kind and don’t bid on the first thing you fall in love with. Visit a number of properties, make sure that the house has had a credible CMA done and enjoy the process! Have you ever looked at house and thought, “I wonder what that looks like on the inside?” This is your chance!

Contact us if you would like to set up an appointment to discuss us helping you find your dream home!

Your Real Estate Professional,

Ken Richter

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