Ah, the open house. This is the chance you have to finally see that charming house for sale you’ve had your eye on! From what you’ve seen on the internet this house seems perfect, so you decide to take a look during the open house. But do you know what questions you should be asking the agent when you actually get there? Many people spend so much time touring the house and eating the free cookies that they forget to ask the agent any questions about the house.
We’ve put together a list of the best questions you should arm yourself with while touring an open house. This may be your only chance to talk to the seller’s agent face-to-face, so you should take advantage of this opportunity.
This question is a good one to ask to get an idea of what position the sellers are in. If the house has been on the market for three months, they might be in the mood to negotiate down. If it was put on the market that morning, and the open house is full, you might prepare yourself for a bidding war.
Many homes come with HOA fees that can really drive your monthly price up. It’s better to know up front if there are any extra fees, and if there are, what do they cover? You might find the cost might be worth it for the benefits, especially if you detest snow removal or yard work.
If you are unfamiliar with this size of home or are new to the area, it’s good to get a general idea of what your future costs would be.
The last thing you want is to fall in love with the home’s state-of-the-art washer and dryer only to find out the owners will be packing them up. By asking the question up front, you can figure out if you need to budget for the added cost of appliances.
This question is great to ask so you can get a general idea of how this particular home is priced. You will quickly discover if this home is over or underpriced.
As a potential new owner, you want to know how close you are to grocery stores, restaurants, schools, etc. This can help to determine if this is the right neighborhood for you. If you have kids, or are about to start a family, being close to schools might be best. If you still like to go out on the town frequently, try and look for homes close to entertainment districts or restaurants.
Don’t expect a thorough answer to this question, but give it a shot. By asking, you could find out a lot about the house. The roof leaks or the house needs new plumbing, which may be reflected in the price. If the owners and agent are honest up front, it could help in the long run. Don’t rely on any agent’s answer to this question before purchasing a home. Hire a reliable home inspection company to give the house a thorough inspection to make sure everything is in working condition.
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