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Thanks for checking out my list of open houses.  Buyers just getting started on the circuit may be confused about how to approach an open house. What do you need to know in advance? How should you prepare? What should you say — and not say? Here are 7 tips for the best ways to approach an open house.

1. Map it out in advance. I sometimes use www.Routexl.com to plan a route with multiple stops. Don’t drive around in circles.

2. Even if you’re not working with an agent, its ok to say you are.  Open Houses are a great place to shop for an agent, but you don’t want to have 12 agents calling you on Monday morning.

3. Sign in, its the polite thing to do. But be careful giving out your phone number and email address. This 👆.

4.  Give the agent honest feedback. Its ok to say the house is too small for you, or you don’t like the location. It’s not their house, so they shouldn’t be offended.

5. Pro tip – wear slip on shoes and socks. Some home owners want you to remove your shoes. 

 6. If you want to make an offer, you might want to use your own buyer’s agent.  The listing agent represents the seller.  When it comes to negotiations, having a buyer’s agent in your corner can help you get the best deal.  If there are repairs that need to be done, or you need to negotiate occupancy dates, a buyers agent will be invaluable. And it won’t cost you a dime.

7. When you are ready to get serious, call me.  We can talk about the home buying process, get you pre-qualified for a mortgage, and come up with a strategy to get you the best home for your needs at the right price.  I can help you every step of the way.  And it won’t cost you a dime.