Open house season is fast approaching and presents the perfect opportunity to help you find your dream home. The home buying process can get complicated; here are 4 ways to make your open house visits easier:
Don't get distracted by the current state of a house.
Paint colours, carpets, and cluttered rooms can distract you from a home's potential. Make sure to focus on the architecture - ignore the decor inside and imagine it filled with your furniture and photos.
Don't believe everything you hear.
The homeowners you interact with may very well be interested in helping you find the right home but, at the end of the day, do your own research. You wouldn't buy a used car without a history so treat your potential new home the same way. Make sure you know everything, from past damage to potential future issues.
Don't forget to ask questions.
Don't simply walk out of an open house and sign on the dotted line. Ask questions about everything, from the current condition of the home to details about the neighbourhood. You'll want to have as much information as you can before you make the decision to purchase.
Don't try to figure it out on your own.
Open houses can be confusing, so don't walk in unprepared. The perfect weapon is having your own REALTOR® by your side! They are trained to attend open houses and know what to ask and look for even if you don't.
Don't let an open house overwhelm you. These 4 points will help you take the first steps in preparing yourself for your open house visits and ensure that you find the perfect place for you and your family.
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*National Association of REALTORS (March, 2015). Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends Report 2015. Exhibit 7-8 Methods Real Est ate Agent Used to Market Home.[pp.111] http://www.realtor.org/sites/default/files/reports/2015/2015-home-buyer-and-seller-generational-trends-2015-03-11.pdf