Buying a home in North Texas is getting increasingly competitive, as we have discussed at length in the past. With homes flying off the market at a record pace, potential buyers no longer have the luxury of taking their time to think about whether or not they want to make an offer on a home. This is just one of the reasons it is important that you brush up on your open house etiquette before you ever step foot into a home you are interested in. These days more and more people are turning to less traditional forms of house hunting, such as using apps and keeping a watchful eye on one of the many real estate websites. However, there is something to be said about seeing a home for the first-time in person. In fact, there are numerous reasons why attending several different open houses is a good idea. While only half of all home buyers actually attend open houses when searching for a home, there are a few major reasons why you may want to reconsider going this route:
- An open house is the perfect way to determine which neighborhood you want to be in and what you can actually afford
- Seeing a house in person gives you the opportunity to look in the basement, peek inside closets, and dig deep beyond the listing
- You will be able to ask the agent questions in person
- You will get a better feel for what features are important to you and which you are willing to compromise on
Now that we’ve gone over a few of the top reasons why you may want to clear your Saturday or Sunday schedule and go to a few open houses in neighborhoods you are interested in, let’s talk about open house etiquette. Yes, this is an actual thing. In order to give yourself the best chance of walking out of an open house with a smile on your face, take these etiquette tips into consideration:
- Have a Plan of Action. While there is something to be said about spontaneously pulling over when you see an “open house” sign, it is generally recommended that you have a game plan when hitting up open houses. Know which questions you want to ask and make sure you give yourself enough time to see all the homes you want.
- Put a Smile on Your Face and Be Nice to the Host. Many people cringe at the thought of dealing with a real estate agent, but it doesn’t have to be this way. When going to an open house, it is important that you have a good attitude, put a smile on your face, and be nice to the host. Giving the agent hosting the home the cold shoulder will get you nowhere and is just plain inappropriate, so do your best not to be “that” person.
- Remember What You Came There For. Attending an open house isn’t just a friendly social hour, you are there for a reason. Once you’ve introduced yourself to the host, turn your focus to what brought you there – the property itself. Hopefully the host will have a print out with details on the property available to interested buyers. If so, use it to jot down notes and check off things as you make your way through the house.
An open house is a great chance for you to get a firsthand look at properties in your price range, but make sure you are prepared before you fill up your weekend with house showings. To learn more about what goes into attending an open house and why this is a good idea for those looking to buy in Frisco, Plano, and the surrounding areas, contact The Cheney Group today.