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. An Open House is a great opportunity to see what is on the market, whether you are thinking of buying or selling. Plus, it can be fun to peak inside other people's homes. 

When 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 real estate agent present and be ready with an offer. Be assertive but also make sure you follow proper etiquette. Your agent 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! If you are looking for a real estate agent, look no further than me! With 30+ years of experience, I can be your competitive advantage.

Finally, no matter what your intentions are, don't stop your search with the first thing you fall in love with. Visit a number of properties 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 me directly at 403-630-6363 if you would like to set up an appointment to discuss finding your dream home!

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