Jeff’s Carlsbad Blog for First Time Home Buyers


Why Do You Bother with Open Houses?

Posted in House Hunting,Open Houses,Psychological Stuff by Jeff Dowler on April 27, 2007

This is a serious question – why do you bother with open houses?

For those of you who are not committed to buying or are not serious buyers, for whatever reason (financially not ready, haven’t made the decision, don’t know what you want, have no real interest in buying a home), I am wondering why you are bothering to go to Open Houses? Are you finding it helpful to crystallize your thinking about what you would like to buy? Are you going because you feel it’s the right thing to do? Bored and nothing else better to do? Checking out decor? Getting home decorating ideas?  Or do you just enjoy looking at houses?

I’m not suggesting that you stop going if you really want to continue, but I do wonder about your reasons and the time you are spending doing so. I would recommend a bit of self-reflection here to consider this further.

If you are serious about buying, then you SHOULD bother with open houses, if you are not doing so.There are plenty of them out there, at least in my area of San Diego, and it’s a good chance to learn as much as you can about the market. The more education you have, the better your decision making will be when the right house comes along.

If you are already committed to an agent…great. Just be courteous and show them the loyalty they are extending you, and let the agent at the OH know you are already working with someone, and provide YOUR agent’s name. It will prevent some confusion should you decide you want to make an offer. Better yet, if you know in advance about the OHs you want to attend, your agent can call the OH host and let them know you will be by. And keep your agent informed of the homes you see and what you think about them.

So, why do YOU bother with open houses?

Have a great weekend!

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