April 2014 - Getting the most from an Open House

April 2014 - Getting the most from an Open House

Posted by Billy Peshke on Friday, April 18th, 2014 at 8:57am.

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 the Peshke Real Estate Team!

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