Getting The Most From an Open House

(April 25, 2014 , posted in Articles)

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 list 
price and other property information. Be sure to keep a copy. 
• Don't just view the rooms. Explore the entire property, including the 
backyard. 
• Don't be shy about asking the listing agent (or whoever is hosting the 
open house) questions about the property. 
• Ask about the area. Are there schools nearby? Where is the nearest 
park or playground located? 
• Ask about potential required repairs and renovations. For example, if 
the 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 to 
live 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. 

Looking for a good REALTOR® to have by your side?  Call Greyden Douglas today.