Open houses are a great way to scope out your local real estate market. You may actually end up finding your next home through a private showing with your REALTOR®, but here’s why attending a few open houses still makes sense.
You might just walk into your dream home!
It’s an amazing feeling to walk into a home and know that it’s perfect for you, and this could just happen at an open house! Other people may walk away with that same feeling, though, so call your REALTOR® right away to schedule a follow-up viewing or get the ball rolling on an offer.
Learn about property values
Attending a few open houses at the top end or bottom end of your budget will help you gain more of a perspective on what is typically on offer at those price points. Bear in mind that the listing price may not reflect what the home actually sells for – talk to your REALTOR® to get the most accurate information on price.
By gaining a better understanding of property values, your list of wants and needs might change depending on what you feel comfortable taking on financially.
It’s an opportunity to broaden your perspective
Many buyers will have a specific set of wants and needs that they approach a REALTOR® with, and that’s great. But if you have an extra couple of hours to spare, an open house is your chance to step outside those boundaries and consider something different.
Visit a property in a neighbourhood you’re on the fence about, or one that offers different advantages than the ones you initially prioritized. You’ll either shift your perspective on a few things, or become even more confident in knowing exactly what you’re looking for.
Connect with a REALTOR®
If you’re attending open houses in the Prince George, BC area but don’t have a REALTOR® yet, our team would be happy to help!
Working with a REALTOR® means you will benefit from an expert to guide you through the whole process, from scheduling private viewings at properties that fit your needs and budget, to drawing up and negotiating an offer and helping you through the paperwork. Best of all, the services of a REALTOR® are completely free for home buyers.
Call our expert PG real estate team at 250-563-1000.
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