Thinking about buying a home in the Upstate? Then it’s a great time to take a non-virtual peek at the variety of great properties on the market. On Sunday, March 24, more than 40 homes throughout the Upstate will be “open for business” and ready to welcome you, as part of Allen Tate’s Open House Extravaganza.
From 2-4 p.m., you can tour homes in Greenville, Easley, Greer, Simpsonville, Taylors and more, priced from less than $100,000 to $600,000+. Whether you’re looking for a first home, a move-up home, a smaller place or an investment property, an open house is the perfect way to explore communities, consider alternatives and fine-tune your list of wants and needs.
According the National Association of Realtors®, more than 45 percent of all homebuyers visit at least one open house during their home search process. We hope you’ll join us on Sunday and start your search … or possibly find your happy ending.
Here are a few tips on how to make the most from touring an open house:
- Plan your route. Preview open houses online and determine which ones fit your budget or location criteria. Then determine how many homes you can realistically visit during the event time. And wear comfortable shoes.
- Take notes. Most open houses will have a property description sheet with information, floor plans and photos. Take notes as you walk through the home so you can remember what you like. But ask before you take photos or video.
- Ask questions. The agent on duty is there to help you. Feel free to ask questions about the home, or ask for his or her card to follow-up later. If you aren’t working with a Realtor, an open house presents a good opportunity to find an agent who is right for you.
- Listen more, talk less. It’s helpful to make polite conversation with other buyers. They may know something you don’t know. But be careful not to reveal any information that could compromise your bargaining position.
- Show respect. An open house is an opportunity to explore a home, but not the owner’s personal possessions. You are welcome to open closet doors or cupboards to see the space, but don’t be nosy.
- Reserve judgment. There’s a home for everyone. This one just might not be the one for you. If it doesn’t suit your taste, politely move on to the next property.