30 Jun My first open house (as a visitor)
I posted recently about whether it was okay to go to open houses as a potential future buyer but not a now buyer and everyone reassured me that was normal. So today I took the plunge and picked a home with an open house in my price range.
The Good: I got to see not just the house but the surrounding area – it's one thing to like a certain area but to see a specific street gave me more insight. I also liked seeing the room sizes in real life as photography can definitely alter the perspective. I also found looking at the finishes helpful as this home was pretty updated – for example the bathrooms looked great but the kitchen flooring looked very cheap as compared to the online pictures.
The Bad: When I came in, the agent (who was the listing agent as I recognized him from the online listing) was talking to a couple who were just curious about it. He never greeted me, or adknowledged my presence in any way. He did not speak to me once, even when I went into the kitchen where he was talking. The front door is near the kitchen so I'm sure he saw me when I walked in. Maybe because I look young although I'm actually 30. I am definitely making a note that I do not want to work with him in the future.