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Make the Most of Your Next Open House Visit

Image of an Open House signOpen houses are a staple in the real estate industry. Unfortunately, many home buyers aren’t sure how to approach an open house.

If you’re just starting your home search, it’s okay to take a more casual approach to open houses. Go inside, look around, dream a little, and consider the possibilities. Discover what you like and don’t like in a home. After all, you don’t know what the various price points offer unless you look for yourself.

However, maybe you’re a bit more serious about your home search and are ready to buy now. If so, then you need to take a more strategic approach to an open house. Why? Quite simply, there’s no guarantee how long any home will stay on the market. This one open house visit may be your only opportunity to view the home before it is no longer available.

Therefore, be sure you do the following three things to make the most of your open house visit.

1. Really look at the house. If the house interests you at all, be sure you are taking the time to look at it. Open closet doors, check the ceilings, peek behind furniture, and take measurements. I realize it may feel strange looking through a stranger’s closet or peering behind their shower curtain. But this may be your only time to see the home before you make an offer. Be sure you explore every nook and cranny.

2. Take note of the neighborhood. Loving the neighborhood is just as important as loving the home. As you drive up to the home, look at the other houses. Are they of similar style and value? How are the exteriors? Is it a neighborhood you feel comfortable in? Remember that you can’t change the neighborhood once you move in, so make sure it’s one you’d want to live in and is convenient for you.

3. Image of a house with an Open House sign in the front yardAsk the agent on duty lots of questions. Some of the most important questions to ask are:

  • Are there any offers on the home? How many?
  • How long has the home been on the market?
  • Why are the sellers moving?
  • When was the home built? What has been updated since then?

Buying a home is a major investment. Having critical information before you make an offer will ensure you’re making the best financial decision. Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, remember that you can always find many great real estate tips on our Facebook page. If you’re thinking about buying or selling your home, we can help! Contact us today!

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Not sure where to start? Check out our blog, vlog, and articles for information on buying and selling a home, design and staging tips, and real estate investor information.

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Leading the Pujals team are Jerry and Susan Pujals, who is ranked as the #1 Sales Team for California, Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley. Jerry, a Senior Broker, and Real Estate Advisor began his career in real estate with Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley in 1997. Susan, a seasoned Real Estate Sales Consultant joined the organization in 2008, which established the formation of The Pujals Team.

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