When you’re in the home buying process, open houses are great. You don’t have to make an appointment or take an agent with you, you just show up and go at your own pace. And while many realtors will tell you “open houses don’t sell homes,” that doesn’t mean that there’s anything wrong with them. Here’s a couple ways that making the rounds at open houses can help your home purchasing process.

Open houses can help you find your dream home. It just means that most folks at open houses are just window shopping to get a peep inside. But if you’ve got the patience and the weekend schedule to do it, open house shopping can be an excellent way to find a few gems. Just Print off a map, mark it up with open house locations and times, and hit the road. Especially if you know what you’re looking for, you can get in and out of open houses pretty quickly.

Open houses can help list makes a list of likes and dislikes. If you’ve been to several open houses before you start touring homes with your agent, you’ll likely have a much better idea about what you do and don’t want in a home. You’ll also probably have a better idea of what you can actually afford, which saves both you and the agent a bit of grief!

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