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Why Browsing Open Houses Is A Good Idea Before You Buy

by Rod Banks 12/03/2018

In today’s world, everything is online. You probably have started your home search online as well. It’s plain fun to look at real estate. You can dream of living in a place you can’t afford. You might never see any of those listings that you’re browsing in person. Should you?


No matter when your home search may become a reality, there are a few benefits to seeing houses in person. 


You’ll See What Your Money Can Get You


What you want and what you can afford may be far apart. You won’t understand the reality of the housing market unless you see it firsthand. By looking at what’s available on the market at a given time, you will be able to see how much house your dollars will buy you. Knowing what you can afford will help you to keep your expectations in check when you do head out to search for a home. Looking at what homes are on the market can actually help you to help your real estate agent find you something that will suit your needs. There’s nothing worse than telling your agent that you want a home that’s impossible to find.


You’ll Meet Real Estate Agents


By going to open houses, you’ll be able to meet different real estate agents. Through this process, you could very well meet the agent who will help you to find your dream home. If you like the way an agent is helping to sell a home, you’ll very likely get along with them as a buyer. 


You Will Know How Much Competition You Have


If you’re attending open houses and find that there are many other people there the same time as you, it could be a sign that the market has tight competition. A lot of open house attendees means that prices are higher because the competition is fierce. You may have to offer above asking price in order to secure a deal on a home.


You’ll Learn Different Areas


Open houses can bring you to places you may have never thought of living before. You’ll get a sense of what different neighborhoods are like if you spend some time exploring through attending open houses. 


You’ll Learn What You Can Live With


It’s easy to have a concrete picture in your mind of what you want in a home and what you can deal with. When you see houses firsthand, you may be able to open your mind a bit as to the type of home you’re seeking.  


 


About the Author

Author
Rod Banks

 

Residential and Commercial

Residential and commercial Florida real estate. Strong emphasis on verifiable customer service. 15 years experience. Both new home and foreclosure experience actively listing and selling properties with the general public, investors and asset management companies. HUD Local Listing Broker through Ofori Reo, Fannie Mae Master Listing Agreements through Chrisley Asset Management and RMS Asset Management, as well as, listing and selling properties for SunTrust Mortgage, LRES, NPR Asset Management, Kondaur Capital Corporation, Standard Asset, Meridian Asset Services, ABREO, Bayview Loan Servicing, HomeBanc Mortgage, RMS Asset Management, Single Source, Nationwide Servicing, and Prospect Mortgage. Equator Platinum, Short Sale and REO certified, REO BOSS certified. 3,000+ BPOs completed.

Affiliations

NRBA, NAREB, GTAR, NAR, MFRMLS,CPRES

Over 40 Years

Our family has been Real Estate professionals for over 40 years in the Tampa Bay area. Anchor Florida Realty has a complete understanding of NEW HOME, REO and SHORT SALE transaction management.

Education

Licensed Real Estate Broker #3104382

Mortgage Loan Originator #644769

General Lines Insurance License #P093986

Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist

A.A. Business Administration – St. Pete College 1991

B.S. Computer Science Engineering – USF 2000

Masters MMIS – NSU 2003