While pictures online are like “judging a book by its cover”, an open house can serve as the perfect time to see “inside the cover” of the house that has been catching your eye lately.
Our team at Raleigh Cary Realty highly suggests that homebuyers visit open houses for homes they love online. An open house can provide the opportunity to view and gather valuable information, pick up a home seller’s disclosure and be prepared to make the most of this time. It’s best when you are already working with a real estate agent to let the open house agent on duty know, as they will typically give you space and not want as much of your information.
4 great questions we suggest all Cary homebuyers ask during an open house are:
- What amenities does the neighborhood have? Amenities that cater to families with children are great to have for entertainment. Some older couples may prefer a neighborhood that is quieter, or that has a walking trail. No matter the preference, ask about what the area has to offer.
- Why do the sellers want to move? A listing agent is not going to admit that the owners are unhappy but ask anyway and try to read between the lines. If they are selling because the neighbors are loud, the area is unsafe or schools are bad, these could be a deal-breaker. Make it a goal to find out whether the house is for sale for personal reasons or if there is an issue that should be investigated further.
- How many offers have been made? The number of offers that have been made will give insight into how competitive pricing may be. A house that has been on the market a couple of days and has already received several offers could sell for higher than asking price.
- How much do utilities cost? Utility bills have a great impact on a budget. Older houses are usually less energy-efficient and come with higher bills.
Use an open house as a golden ticket to find out all the must-know details on what your future home could be. Contact Raleigh Cary Realty to find out about the upcoming open houses you do not want to miss!