Open Homes - What Do I Do?

Open Homes - What Do I Do?

By Dominic Hefferan on Mar 20 2018

If you're looking to buy a property, probably the most common advice you'll get is to visit an open home inspection. Even if you don't know what you want, it's still a good idea so you can see what you do and don't like. Still, once you get there, what should you be looking for? And what do you really need to know? We're glad you asked.

Why Are the Owners Selling?
If you're interested, this is a good place to start. Not only do you get a sense of why the owners are ready to leave, but you can also get a good idea about the agent.

Though there may be exceptions, generally if an agent has taken the time to get to know their seller they're more likely to pay attention to the details when it comes to a deal, and so a sale is more likely to go smoothly.
Have You Had Any Offers?
Once again, even if you're not interested, seeing what offers (if any) a given property has received gives you an idea of what you can expect for similar homes, and can help you make an informed choice if it comes to making an offer yourself down the track.

What's in the Area?
It's a real estate cliché, but when it comes to a home, it's all about location, location, location. See what the agent talks about for conveniences, then think about what you'd be looking for in a home. If they don't line up, this can give you an idea of what's really important to you, and a fresh perspective about what you need from a location.

At the end of the day, the best way to get experience about the property market is to see it up close. However, if you're not sure about anything, you can always talk to any of our agents for a free, confidential consultation on what's right for you.