Making The Most Of Open House Visits

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Making The Most Of Open House Visits

5 June 2017
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If you are in the market to purchase a new home, frequenting home showings can be a lucrative way to see the interiors of potential properties in between visits to homes for sale with your real estate agent. If you decide to take a look at a few homes being shown via an open house platform, it is important to know what to look for as your real estate agent will not be likely to be accompanying you. Here are some tips you can use to make the most of the time you spend when going to an open house on your own. 

Bring Along A List Of Desires With You

When visiting an open house, it is a good idea to have a list of the particular amenities you prefer in the home you wish to purchase. It is easy to forget specifics when you are caught up in the excitement of exploring someone else's home, making it difficult to keep on top of whether the home has exactly what you are looking for as a result. A checklist should be kept on hand each time you visit a home so you can mark off the included features you are looking for. This way if you visit several homes, you will be able to look back at the information for comparison purposes.

Make Sure To Have A Camera Available

Bringing your cell phone along to a showing is a good idea so you can capture images of interesting features or downfalls the property offers. These photos can be looked at in the comfort of your home to determine whether your furnishings would match the decor or if space seems ample for the belongings you wish to bring inside. The photographs can also be shared with those close to you if you find their advice to be helpful when making a decision on what home to pursue.

Ask For Some Time To Explore

The real estate agent that greets you when you enter an open house will most likely be eager to discuss the property with you. While their information will be useful, keep it in mind their bottom line is trying to make a sale. Without your own real estate agent along to give you guidelines, you may find yourself a bit intimidated or confused. Politely ask the agent showing the home if they would mind if you explored the premises on your own for a bit and that you will alert them if you have questions. This will give you the chance to look around without feeling rushed or trying to be pursued in any way about the home in the process.

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I have saved up for a down payment on a house for the last ten years. Each week, I would take 10% of my paycheck and put it in a special savings account that I could not access. Once I finally had enough money put away, I began looking for houses in the area that I could afford. But, what could I really afford? How much of a mortgage could I qualify for? There are some mathematical formulas that can be used to help you determine how much of a mortgage you can qualify for and actually afford. My blog will teach you how to make this determination.