Want to attend open houses in Brantford without your agent?
You’re out running errands or going for a Sunday drive around Brantford and you see an open house that looks interesting. You’d like to go in, but you don’t want to call your agent and ask if he or she can come right away.
What should you do?
Go ahead and go in, but first, find your agent’s card and take it in with you. When you greet the agent in the house, say that you’re working with an agent and present the card. They may still want you to sign in, just so they know who was in the house, but you won’t be getting calls offering to show you more homes.
As you tour the house, decline to answer questions about what you’re looking for, why you’re moving, when you need to move, etc. Should you decide to make an offer on the house, you don’t want to have given away your bargaining position by letting the agent and the seller know too much.
Instead of answering questions, ask your own questions about the house. If they’ve given you a flyer, use it to make notes about things you like or don’t like. If you absolutely love the house – don’t say so. If you start looking like this is the house you “Must have” your bargaining power will vanish.
Don’t touch – and make sure that your children don’t touch. You don’t want to be blamed for anything being broken or lost.
Ask permission before taking photos.
Listen. You may overhear conversations between the homeowner and the agent, between the neighbors, or between two agents. You might learn about the seller’s motivation or about problems with the house or the neighborhood.
If there ARE neighbors present, strike up a conversation. Ask them questions about the neighborhood and why they like living there. Ask if there are community events. Ask if there’s a Homeowner’s Association. If yes, get their opinion about how it’s run. While you’re at it, tune into your vibes about them. Would you enjoy having these people as neighbors?
If you do love the house and want to make an offer, call your own agent as soon as you get back to your car.
Time is always of the essence, and you may not be the only one who fell in love during the open house. You may want to meet with your agent and write that offer before the day ends.
Why not just deal directly with the listing agent?
Because as a buyer, you do need someone protecting your interests. Remember that the listing agent works for the seller. It is his or her job to get the best price and terms for the seller – not for you.
Your buyer’s agent will help you determine whether the list price is fair market value, will make sure you have all the proper disclosures, will help you negotiate, and will guide you through the issues that can arise between agreement and closing.
If you’re ready to begin the search for a home here in Brantford call a Sutton Team Realty Realtor. We’ll be glad to guide you through the process.