Viewing an open house

Once we've determined what kind of home you are looking for, in what sort of neighborhood, and in what price range, we can start viewing open homes. Most people consider this the most exciting part of the home buying process. Because we will have already carefully considered your needs and wants, and pre-qualified you for a loan, your open home viewing will not only be fun, but efficient, as well. You won't be wasting time looking at undesirable or unrealistic properties.

Viewing a home for sale, driving through its neighborhood, strolling its perimeter, and thoroughly exploring its interior-gives you the opportunity to imagine you (or your tenants) living there. This is the time to put aside your predetermined ideas, and use your observation skills and intuition to imagine daily life in the places you view.

Of course, sellers want to make their property as attractive to buyers as possible. If they have done their job right, the home will look clean, comfortable, inviting, and well cared for. Take as much time as you need to thoroughly inspect the environment: is the home really in good shape, or has it simply been prettied-up for a quick sale?

Some things you might want to look for include:

Obviously, different people will be concerned about different things when viewing a home: buyers in the market for a fixer-upper won't have the same needs as a buyer wishing to move in immediately to an immaculate, structurally perfect home. Know what's important to you in a living environment, and then make sure you look for it while viewing open homes.

Once you find a home you like, and which meets your requirements, we will begin thoroughly assessing its condition. Property disclosures will provide you with the information you need about the structural features and faults of a home, and a home inspection will fill in any missing details.

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