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Buyer Tips for Maximizing House Tours

Can today’s homebuyers really find their dream house online? While new technology and online tools certainly make it easier to shop around, the only way to really get to know a home is to walk through the door. One of the easiest ways for homebuyers to get up close and personal with a property is the time-honored practice of an open house. Take full advantage of this access to aid your search.

An open house is more than just a walk-through. Whether you’ve just started your search or have been on the hunt for a while, it’s important to see what different homes have to offer so you can make the right choice for your lifestyle and budget.

The next open house you attend remember to:

Take to the streets. The more homes you see, the more educated you’ll be. Check out homes above and below your price range as well as homes with history and those that are newly built.

Make yourself at home. Take your time to open doors, closets and check out the basement or garage. Be sure to ask the agent on site as many questions as possible while you’re there. While this may not be your dream home, it may expose a feature or design element you would appreciate in your next home. Bring a note pad and pen so you can take notes.

Tour the neighborhood. Take advantage of this time not only to tour the home, but also take a look around the neighborhood. How do neighboring homes compare, not only in appearance, but price?

Patience and persistence. Buying a home is a process, so don’t get frustrated if you don’t find what you want right away. Once you do see a home you like, contact your agent to schedule a private showing so you can take an even closer look.

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