How Open Houses Can Help You Buy Just the Right Home


Visiting an Open House can be an exciting treasure hunt. One where the reward is the home you’ve been dreaming about. But how do you know that you are getting the right home and not a lemon?

Steve Thomas encourages his buyers to visit local Open Houses to get a feeling for the market and for what type of home is available in their price range in their desired neighbourhood.

At the beginning of a house hunting journey, Steve will go with his clients to listings that  meet the criteria his clients have given him. During these home visits, he will educate them about what to look for when visiting a home for sale.

Especially with first time home buyers, Steve knows that this is a crucial step because an educated buyer will end up with a home that is a dream instead of a nightmare.

Open House Etiquette

Here are a couple of etiquette tips for those planning to visit an Open House:

1) Take off your shoes and avoid using the bathroom. Do flush the toilet and run the shower to get a feeling for the water pressure and any potential water issues.

2) Sign in. If you’re with Steve, he will leave his card, but when visiting Open Houses it is courtesy to allow the Realtor on duty to know how many people passed through. Agents may also use these lists to follow up with prospective buyers who are not represented by an Agent.

Be prepared to be approached by the Realtor on Duty about who you are working with. If you are already working with a real estate agent like Steve Thomas, they are ethically bound to respect your current partnership.

3) Ask questions. Steve will be with you to answer them, and the Realtor running the Open House is bound by professional ethics to be honest with their answers.

Open Houses can be an exciting part of discovering your next home. They can give you great ideas about what other homes in your new neighbourhood are doing to stay fresh and appealing, and about what you can do with your new home to make it fit your lifestyle.

Working with an experienced Realtor will ensure that your next home meets your ‘Best Home’ Criteria and makes you happy for years to come. Contact Steve today to get your house hunting started on the right foot.

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