Getting the Most from an Open House

Have you ever attended an "Open House" advertised in your area or in a community you like? Most people have. Even if you're not serious about moving, viewing a few properties in a neighbourhood you like is a great way to get a sense of the market.  Who knows? You might stumble upon your next dream home!

To get the most out of an open house, follow these guidelines:

•Most open houses will have a handout available containing the listprice and other property information. Be sure to keep a copy.

•Don't just view the rooms. Explore the entire property, including thebackyard.

•Don't be shy about asking the listing agent (or whoever is hosting theopen house) questions about the property.

•Ask about the area. Are there schools nearby? Where is the nearestpark or playground located?

•Ask about potential required repairs and renovations. For example, ifthe furnace is more than 15 years old, it may need to be replaced soon.

• Walk around the neighbourhood. Try to get a sense of what it's like tolive there. If possible, chat with a neighbour.

Finally, if you become interested in the home, be sure to advise the listing agent that your own REALTOR® will be following up. Otherwise, the listing agent might assume that he or she will be representing you.

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