ARE OPEN HOUSES WORTH IT?
FROM THE CEO
Not all choices are created equal. Decisions can have a wide range of value and complexity, which makes streamlining and making a choice strenuous. From choosing a career path, meal, school, spouse, home, we live to keep making decisions that not only make or mar us, but also see us parting ways with our hard earned cash.
For many consumers, the purchasing process is routine: you see a need and satisfy that need by going for the most convenient option or trusting a known brand to deliver. Consumers remain, however, who despite the reputation that leading brands have built, still verify multiple details in terms of features, durability, and service.
The same should apply when it involves real estate. Consumers do not always engage in this depth of research when it comes to making that home buying decision. This is a major concern as less experienced and self-serving competitors are now in the market ,causing home buyers to face delay, unnecessary expenditure, and other problems in the long run.
As the real estate market continues to grow, having reliable information at your fingertips is more important than ever. Every day, real estate professionals and prospective buyers alike continue to enter into agreements, with the majority of clients having little or no information about the housing market.
Being deliberate in finding your dream home and choosing a credible real estate developer can lead to more than just consumer satisfaction. It can assure that expectations are met and eliminate the occurrence of buyers’ remorse. It is imperative that buyers are well informed, intentional, and act with confidence when making decisions related to home buying.
Are Open Houses Worth It?
WITH EMPHASIS ON OUR PERSPECTIVE.
Are Open Houses Worth It?
The real estate market offers something for every buyer but finding that perfect home takes deliberate effort and dedication. While seeing a specific home requires scheduling and planning, open houses provide one of the easiest ways to get inside a variety of homes quickly. Besides being a fun time, open houses are big research opportunities. When you’ve “tried on” a variety of homes before you seriously begin to shop, you can be more confident that you’ve found the best fit, not only at a fair price, but also in terms of sustainability.
When visiting an open house, you should have a list of questions prepared for the agent or developer, as the case may be, and you should have already conducted some research, too. You want to leave this process feeling that you are well informed to make the right decision.
1. Embrace the Reality Check.
Perhaps you’ve got your heart set on a specific neighborhood or certain location, attending a couple open homes in your desired area will give you a good idea about how much you’ll need to spend to be in that location, bring you to reality on what your dream home will actually cost, and can help you see the tradeoffs you might have to make
2. Pay Attention
When buying a home, it’s all too easy to focus on what you love and go blind to downsides and potential issues. Don’t. In the same vein, if you can practice seeing past knickknacks and faux-brick vinyl floor covering, you might just snag a jewel in the rough that other homebuyers take a pass on. Window shopping is your chance to cultivate a critical eye that will serve you well in the future. It is important to take this opportunity to understand yourself, to notice the things you love and the things you don’t.
3. Look Out
There’s no better way to check out a neighborhood than to attend an open house in one. While you’re there, ask the realtor to give you insight on the area. Are you looking for a neighborhood with a lot of amenities? Perhaps you’re seeking a more peaceful environment. Whatever you desire, talk to the realtor at the open house about your preferences and even take some time to walk through the neighborhood to get a better feel for the area.
One of the many challenge buyers are faced with in today’s wired world is being well informed and learning the identities of prospective agents or developers. Home buyers click their way around hundreds of real estate websites, requesting information via e-mail from scores of agents without really getting in depth information on their purchase.
By hosting open houses, we cut through the electronic interface, put you in front and center by giving you a first-hand house hunting experience, helping you define your interests, and begin the professional relationship that leads to real estate success.