Why Buyers Should Go to Open Houses
Yes, you can look at homes on your smartphone or tablet just about anywhere today. But here’s why buyers should go to open houses, too.
1. You can learn from listing agents
You can use the open house not only to see what’s for sale and the price of comparable homes, but also to learn about the market. Pick the listing agent’s brain to get his or her take on what’s happening in your area. Real estate agents tend to be aware of market changes well before the mainstream press.
2. You can learn about current home design trends
Sellers often rely on their real estate agent to suggest the latest and greatest looks in the market. So if you’re planning to list a home that needs updating, or you aren’t sure where to begin when it comes to choosing paint colors, countertops or bath fixtures, going to open houses lets you see current styles and designs. Even if you’re not looking to sell, you may get some design inspiration to make your home feel like new.
3. You can get referrals for contractors or designers
Want to be connected to a good local designer or contractor? Ask the real estate agent selling the home you liked if they can get you the contact information. Ggetting referrals from friends is also a good idea, of course. But seeing the finished product in an open house can inspire you to replicate what that owner did, and how they did it.
4. You can fuel your daydreams
For dedicated real estate buffs, browsing the ‘for sale’ sites and flipping through listing photos isn’t enough. If you’re truly obsessed, hit the open houses in your area to tour the home for yourself.