How Many Homes Should You Tour Before Making An Offer?

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Capital Properties DC AB15253

This dates from 2018 - by Amanda S. Davidson.  Now there are so few homes to look at that but it is nice to remember those days when buyers felt like they had to decide how many was enough homes to tour before making a decision.  Here's to the day when buyers have a choice again and we can take a breath and give them good advice.

Original content by Amanda S. Davidson 0225221517

How Many Homes Should You Tour Before Making An Offer?

This is a question I get asked a lot. It comes from first time home buyers the most but, there are many buyers out there who wonder just how many homes they should see. The answer … there is no magic number. Sorry to disappoint but, there really isn’t a one size fits all number.


How many homes should you tour before making an offer?

A home buyer who is focused in on one specific neighborhood probably won’t see as many homes as one who is looking at multiple neighborhoods or even multiple cities. That just comes down to the number of available homes in relation to a specific area. A more focused area equates to less homes to choose from.


Technology has also changed the average number of homes a buyer sees. When I started in real estate over 10 years ago on average clients would look at 10-12 homes. Virtual tours, 3D tours, videos, and improved photography allow today’s buyer to see a lot about a home without ever stepping away from their computer. When they actually tour a home its essentially a second showing from what they're already seen online. In the last 3 years the average number of homes my clients tour has decreased to 7-9. Those are averages though – that’s not to say some don’t walk into the first house they see and know they want it where others could look for months to up over a year. Again, there’s just no one size fits all.


I also think asking the right questions and really listening to my clients can impact how many homes they see. Sometimes it’s what they don’t say but, what they react and connect to while touring that really gives me insight to what they are seeking in their next home. From there I can target homes that have similar characteristics and help them really hone in on what’s important to them.


How many homes should you tour before making an offer?

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Comments (9)

Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Good morning Lise, thank you for re-blogging this post. I truly look forward to the day buyers have homes to choose from. Incredible how much the market has changed since 2018. Wishing you a wonderful Sunday!

Feb 28, 2021 04:59 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I remember this post, Lise. Great selection for a reblog. Earlier in the month I had clients here from LA who flew into town to house hunt. I had exactly five homes to show them that fit their price, size, location criteria, etc. and told them if they didn't want to be homeless on March 31st, they would need to pick one of them. Fortunately they liked one of the and did just that!

Feb 28, 2021 05:57 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Lise, I remember Amanda's post, and sure miss her in the Rain.  Nowadays, it is how many houses do you need to write before you "win the bid"!

Feb 28, 2021 07:27 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Lise and Amanda blog is a good re-blog by you,  the problem we are having is not many homes to show and showing are only 15 minutes here.


Feb 28, 2021 08:10 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I do remember this post, and a good idea to reblog.  One of my clients showed over a 100 home, before her client found the right one...It may have been crazy but that buyer has sent her a ton of referrals.  A

Feb 28, 2021 10:38 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi. Lise Howe - Amanda S. Davidson hit it on the head with asking questions and also observing the clients as they tour a home.  A great buyer agent will keep this in mind when showing properties.  Of course, it is not quite the same as back in 2018 but it is important to pick up on the subtleties of their reactions. 

Feb 28, 2021 11:22 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Lise it is OK for Buyers to tour as many homes as they can, as long as they realize in this Sellers market they have to act quickly if they see one they really like.

Feb 28, 2021 11:29 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing this reblog selection.

Take care, be safe and have a very productive March.

Mar 01, 2021 07:24 AM
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

I look forward to those days again too.  Now there is one house and it's gone in a flash.

Mar 08, 2021 02:13 AM

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