Visiting an Open House event for a home can be a great way to see and tour a home you are interested in buying. However, there are some open house etiquette tips you can follow to make the process easier for everyone involved.
Before we begin, one quick tip. There is nothing wrong with getting an EARLY look at an open house. Nobody says that you have to wait until Sunday afternoon to see the home. In fact there are a number of good reasons to see it BEFORE then if you have time. Often in a real estate market that does not have a lot of inventory to look at, seeing a property sooner can let you make an offer and the sellers might just cancel the open house! If you would like to see any open houses BEFORE they are held open, we are happy to schedule that for you!
When you attend an open house event, you will almost always be asked to sign in by the REALTOR hosting the event. This helps REALTORS be able to get feedback on the home as well as protect themselves and keep the home safe. Don't be afraid to go ahead and sign in. Each REALTOR takes a slightly different approach to the open house process. Some will want to engage you and others will encourage you to explore the home on your own. When the REALTOR speaks to you, greet them politely and begin to look at the home.
Always let the hosting REALTOR known if you are already working with a buyers agent. This will keep the hosting REALTOR from trying to become your agent and will help prevent future miscommunications between you and the hosting REALTOR. Also, instead of simply telling them that you already have an agent, let them know who your agent is. Use the opportunity to get a good feel for the home and atmosphere of the neighborhood and be sure to give honest, helpful feedback to the hosting REALTOR if they ask for it.