Getting the Most From an Open House

(April 06, 2014 )

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 today.