Well, duh Karen. Because I want to see the inside of the house. Well, that may be the obvious answer, but ultimately there is more to it than that. Open house visitors may have an agenda. Most of the time, you have a list of homes that you are trying to see that day.
Some of the reasons that you might visit an open house:
1. If you have not hired an agent to represent you, you may be inadvertently interviewing the agents that you are meeting at open houses. You are taking a mental note of whether the agent is asking you to sign in and provide your info or if they are following you around the house.
2. You may be looking for information about the neighborhood or the schools or the market. Open houses are a great way to get to know what the houses look like and what 1000 sq ft FEELS like. Not all houses are created equal and sometimes the space is not used efficiently.
3. You are most definitely wanting to know more about the house that you are standing in, but not just the stuff that you already read on Zillow. You want to know the age and condition of the major parts of the house, the roof, the HVAC, the windows, etc. You may want to know what the average utilities might be for a house of this size and age. And you might want to know what it will cost per month for this specific house with the taxes and insurance based on your down payment and loan.
The hope is that you will find a home that suits your needs and your personality all within your budget. Making an informed decision is greatly assisted by an agent that is representing your interests and finding out all of the little details that you might want to know about any given house. It also helps if your agent knows what similar homes have sold for so that you can make the best offer based on the current market. Is it a buyer's market or a seller's market right now? Do you need to worry about competing for the home that you want? Can you ask the seller to replace the roof/replace the carpet/ credit you for closing costs? These are all questions that you will ask once you find THE ONE. And sometimes, it all starts with walking into the right open house and/or meeting the right agent for you!
I would love to show you the homes on the market that fit your lifestyle and price point. Call me today to schedule a FREE buyer consultation to discuss how you can buy a home in 2019!