Pamela Vasiliu
Sales Representative

RE/MAX Professionals Inc.
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Date: Friday June the 22nd, 2018 



Open House Etiquette for Homebuyers. Junction Triangle-High Park - West Toronto Open House

December 10, 2012 - Updated: December 10, 2012



Basic do's and don'ts to follow at an open house

You're driving home leisurely on a Sunday afternoon when suddenly your wife turns down the radio and points, "Look, there's an open house. Let's stop and take a look." Is it all right to drop by if you're not interested in buying the property? What if you just want to get an idea of prices in the area and chat with a real estate agent? What are the basics of open house etiquette? The idea of an open house is to enable real estate agents to expose a property to potential buyers and hopefully turn those prospective buyers into clients. The house is open not only to potential buyers, but also to people in the neighborhood in the hope that they will sing the praises of the home to their friends, family co-workers or acquaintances who might consider moving into the neighborhood. After all, one of the most effective, tried-and-true forms of advertising is word of mouth.
Do's and don'ts
When you arrive at the open house, feel free to step in without knocking or ringing the bell (unless you see a note saying otherwise). Try to greet the agent, but if he or she is busy talking, just pick up a flyer and take yourself on a self-guided tour.
Even if the agent hosting the open house is available, you'll find that some are more helpful than others. While a dedicated agent will make an effort to engage you, others may sit off to the side, saying, "Feel free to have a look around." If you are actively house-hunting with an agent, be up front about it to prevent the agent hosting the open house from trying to solicit you.
Behind closed doors
The seller is typically not home during an open house, partly to make prospective buyers feel more comfortable asking pointed questions, but that does not give you free rein to open drawers and cabinets. If you come across a closed door, don't open it without checking first with the real estate agent. Generally, it's considered good open house etiquette to wait until one group of buyers leaves a room or area before you make your way there.
Blunt remarks
If you have critical remarks to say about the home ("What a horrible floor plan!" or "Stucco is so tacky!"), be sure the seller doesn't happen to be there. Nobody wants to hear that they have bad taste. On the other hand, the real estate agent will appreciate your feedback. If you point out mildew on a wall, for instance, the listing agent can then tell the client, "Remember that mildew problem we talked about? One of the open house visitors was bothered by it too. You should really take care of that right away."
Leave your mark
Often at an open house you'll find a sign-up sheet to track visitors. Be sure to list your name on the sheet. It's not easy for the seller to leave their home wide open to whoever wants to come traipsing through-- at least let them know who was there. If you don't want a follow-up call from the real estate agent, you can opt not to leave your phone number or note that you do not want to be contacted. As long as you respect the seller's basic needs for privacy, an open house can be a great tool for real-estate networking and an opportunity for home buyers to get an unfettered look at a property.

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