Why To Attend Open Houses Even If Youre Not Looking To Buy

Dated: 11/11/2016

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Ahh, the Open House. It welcomes potential buyers to come and view what's available on the market, and doesn't require a showing appointment. But, there are reasons beyond buying that you should be visiting open houses when you see the yard signs, even if you aren't looking to buy. Today, we look at some of those reasons.

Learn from listing agents.Would-be sellers and nearby homeowners represent a large portion of open house traffic. You can use the open house not only to see what’s for sale and the price of comparable homes, but also to learn about the market.Pick the brain of the listing agent to get his or her take on what’s happening in your area. Real estate agents tend to be aware of market changes well before the mainstream press.

Check out-home design trends.Sellers generally put their best foot forward. Check out the kinds of home staging sellers are engaging.They likely rely on their real estate agent to suggest the latest and greatest looks in the market. So, if you’re planning to list a home that needs updating, or you aren’t sure where to begin when it comes to choosing paint colors, counter tops or bath fixtures, going to open houses will allow you to see styles and designs.Even if you’re not looking to sell, you may get some design inspiration to make your home feel like new.

Get referrals for contractors or designers.Want to be connected to a good local designer or contractor?Ask the real estate agent selling the home you liked if they can get you the contact information.Although getting referrals from friends is also a good idea, seeing the finished product in an open house can inspire you to replicate what that owner did, and how they did it.

Fuel your daydreams. (very important!) This one goes without saying. There's nothing like touring a home, and getting ideas for things you like about the home or the property. We would go as far as saying to take a notebook along, write things down. After courtesy asking if you can take photos, you might even click a few with your phone for later reference. Just be sure it's ok with the agent or seller.

Of course, if you ARE looking to buy, we would love to take you to some of the most awesome open houses in the TriCities! This journey can start with a quick call or visit at the office to determine where you're looking, budget, and must haves. Our office phone is (423) 433-6517, give us a call and let's get out to some open houses!

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Wes Shields

Wes Shields, Team Owner and Listing Agent for The Shields Team at Keller Williams Realty of Johnson City Tennessee, has a long and very impressive list of accomplishments in his 10+ years in the real ....

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