Benefits of Going to Open Houses

There’s no doubt you’ve stumbled across open houses and wondered if you should go. Whether you’re ready to buy or getting your finances together to be in the market soon, there can be many benefits to attending open houses.

Learn about the local market

First, you can start to get a feel for the kinds of homes that are for sale in your area, and what those homes are selling for. Second, you can see how much traffic the open house gets. From that traffic you’ll better understand how competitive the local market is. When you find the house you really want, how quickly will you need to act? Third, depending on how busy the open house is, you may be able to chat with the listing agent. From that conversation you can glean more information about what’s happening in the local market, even before that news becomes mainstream.

Understand what you can afford

By attending several open houses in the neighborhood where you’d like to buy, you’ll soon see exactly what your money can get you. You’ll see where you may need to make some compromises on your wish list and better prepare for the reality of what you can reasonably afford.

Get ideas about latest trends

If you’re not sure what you want your new house to look like, attending some open houses can show you what the latest trends are. Many homes are professionally staged so that they look as good as possible to potential buyers. You can get ideas about paint colors, finishes, kitchen designs and more. This can be especially handy if you plan to buy a fixer-upper that will need some cosmetic work. Use the open houses to discover what you like and what you don’t like. And if you like what you see, ask the listing agent for contact information for the designer or contractor.

Get to know the neighborhood

If you’re trying to narrow your search to a particular neighborhood, it can help to attend open houses in those neighborhoods. Much of the traffic of an open house is nearby residents looking to see what’s happening in the neighborhood. You’ll get a sense of the kind of people who live there, how noisy or quiet the area is, and the kinds of amenities that are available nearby. It will also give you a chance to meet other prospective buyers and learn about what they’re looking for in a neighborhood. Talk a walk around the block and get a feel for what it might be like on any given day.

The bottom line is – don’t be afraid to pop into some open houses if you’re getting ready to buy. Not only is it a great learning experience, you may actually find the home you love!

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Gearing Up For Spring!

Gearing Up For Spring


Have you heard? It’s a seller’s market.


Spring is the kickoff to the most popular time of year for buying and selling homes, but just because the market is hot, does not necessarily mean your house is ready to sell. With spring being just around the corner, it is time to start preparing.

What can you do to get your house ready? There are a number of ways to revamp your home so that it not only attracts the most buyers, but will get you the maximum profit.


Perform basic/routine maintenance to keep mechanicals running smoothly. Winter can take a toll on houses. It is important to stay on top of repairs, cleaning, etc. to ensure that everything is functioning properly when it hits the market. Taking proper care of mechanical systems can improve their longevity, as well reassure buyers that they are making a good investment.

Declutter.  Simplicity is key. Packing and reorganizing will not only prepare you for your move, but will improve the appeal of your house to potential buyers, allowing them to better imagine themselves living there. This is also an opportunity for you to purge through old and unwanted items.

Make small improvements and cosmetic upgrades to ‘freshen up’ your house. Updating paint, fixtures, curtains and/or blinds, etc. can make an incredible difference. Spruce up the areas that buyers will pay the most attention to; that being the kitchen or bathroom. Change out any lightbulbs that don’t work, and clean your windows and curtains to allow the maximum amount of light in and really brighten up a room. You might also consider sprucing up your front door and entryway, since after all, it is the first thing potential buyers will see when visiting your home. Many buyers today are looking for a move-in ready home, so go that extra mile and it will pay off.

Familiarize yourself with a realtor that you are comfortable working with. Establishing a relationship with a realtor early on will be beneficial to you. Once familiar with your goals, they can give you knowledgeable insight and guidance. Are you certain that it is time to sell, but unsure about where you will go next? Your realtor can also help you decide what might be your best option. At Taylor Real Estate, we have a team of realtors who are knowledgeable, compassionate, and driven to make the buying/selling process as smooth as possible. To explore their bios and find your realtor, follow this link:


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Written by: Megan Conner, REALTOR®  


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