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How potential buyers can get the most out of an open house Open houses are great opportunities to learn more about properties on the real estate market. If you’re not organized, however, visiting house after house can be exhausting and even counterproductive. Here are a few tips for homebuyers to get the most out of open houses. KNOW WHAT YOU WANT BEFORE YOU ARRIVE Have a list of concrete things you’d like from your future property before you start visiting homes. This will help you remain focussed on what’s important when you’re at the open house. TAKE LOTS OF NOTES AND PICTURES Don’t rely solely on your memory to compare different homes. Take lots of notes and pictures (but be sure to ask the owner for permission before photographing his or her belongings). BE POLITE There’s a tendency among some potential buyers at an open house to treat the event as a kind of party or show. Be sure to remember to be respectful towards what is still someone else’s home. This could, after all, be the first step in the negotiation process. DON’T REVEAL TOO MUCH ABOUT YOURSELF Don’t reveal too much about your own situation or your reaction to the property. Sellers are on the alert for overly-enthusiastic buyers and will try to push any advantage they can find in a competitive housing market. The less a seller knows about how badly you’d like the property, the better. The best way to get through the sometimes tedious process of looking for a new home is to hire a real estate expert to guide you through the process. He or she will know all the tricks of the trade.

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