Visiting open houses is a key step in your journey towards buying a home. Seeing pictures of the home online and reading about its features is one thing, but visiting the property and assessing it yourself with the help of a real estate agent is key.
Sellers usually organize open houses on the weekends and let their real estate agents interact with the buyers who show up. You can direct questions you have about the property to the seller’s agent.
Here are a few ways you can go about finding open houses happening near you.
Visit the Neighborhood
If you live close to the neighborhood where you’re looking to buy a home, you can look for open houses by driving around the area. Most sellers use yard signs to announce their home being on the market and when open houses are scheduled.
The advantage of driving around a neighborhood to look for open houses is that you also get a feel for life in that part of the city, which is important if you plan on living there. Note down when the date and time when the open houses are scheduled so you can try to visit multiple showings on the same day and plan your route.
Check Online Listing Websites
More and more home buyers are turning to the Internet to search for homes. As a result, there is a growing list of services that cater to people looking for open houses around them using the Internet. According to the National Association of Realtors’ 2018 Real Estate in a Digital Age Report, 44% of home buyers search for properties on sale online.
Realtor.com has a tool dedicated to helping consumers find open houses online. Home buyers can specify their budget and the size of the home they are looking for to find a map of the open houses in their vicinity. Zillow and Redfin are some other online tools you can use to find open houses near you.
Use Social Media
Sometimes, you don’t even need to use dedicated real estate websites to look for open houses in neighborhoods you’re interested in. Instead, you can search on different social media channels to find on-sale properties near you.
The approach you will use in this case depends on the social media website or app you use. If you’re on Facebook, Groups that have to do with real estate and home sales are a good bet to find open houses. On Instagram, you can use hashtags specific to your city to look for posts about houses are on sale.
Tap into Your Network
House buying is an activity you will undertake only once every few years. But when you consider your entire network, there’s always somebody who’s looking for a home or knows somebody who’s looking for a home.
Home buyers should invest some time in talking to their immediate and extended network to find out if they know about home sales in the area. This could even lead to you being able to get a good price on a home since you may establish a connection with the seller.
Another networking tip home buyers can use is to interact with those attending the same open houses as you. You may get information about other such open houses at these events. Interacting with other home buyers can be a beneficial exercise, especially if you’re buying a first home.
Hire a Local Real Estate Agent
The most dependable way to find open houses near you is by hiring a local buyer’s agent. Not only will you quickly have access to several open houses in your area, your agent will also help you schedule them and provide all the information you require.
If you haven’t been able to find a buyer’s agent who you’re ready to work with yet, you can visit the local real estate brokerages in your area. They will be happy to tell you about the upcoming open houses they have. You will also be able to judge the brokerage’s services to an extent and potentially find a buyer’s agent.
If you don’t want to spend hours visiting real estate offices and meeting agents, you can use Clever to quickly connect with a top-rated buyer’s agent near you. We identify and hire the best agents in each city so that buyers don’t lose time vetting agents.
There are several benefits buyers receive by working with Clever as opposed to another real estate brokerage. Clever Partner Agents organize on-demand showings for homes, so you don’t have to wait till open houses are organized for the homes you’re interested in. This instantly puts you ahead of the other buyers in the neighborhood.
Clever offers a $1,000 rebate to buyers who purchase homes at above $150,000. That money can pay for things such as moving or closing costs.
You can find a Clever Partner Agent near you and get access to the open houses in your area by filling out the form on our website.