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Open house: How to make the most of the visit

Open house: How to make the most of the visit

Buying a house for whatever reason should be a fun and exciting time. Open houses are an enjoyable event. You may even visit three or four different homes in one day. There are special things to look for when going to see these houses. An open house is used to check the market and let potential buyers window-shop. There are certain criteria you have in mind when searching for the perfect home. Jot those ideas down and compare them to the homes you view.

Take a notepad with you to each house and make a note of the address of the homes you visit. Jot down things you like and dislike about each house. This will help you keep track of which house is which. Make note of nearby schools, the general neighborhood, how close is freeway access, where are the shopping malls, and any other information that will help you decide on your choice of home. The commute to work is a vital piece of information. Many forget to consider how far away the job is. The last thing a person wants to do is spend too much time on the road instead of with the family. When attending an open house, remember that the neighborhood surroundings are an important aspect to purchasing a house.

Check the condition of the house, the road and the yard. Is it suitable of children or pets? Who will take care of the yard or can you hire a gardener? Whatever you desire, be sure to think of everything and take plenty of notes. A poloroid camera is well worth taking. Clip instant snapshots to your notebook to help you remember specific houses. Buying a house is an important step, so make sure you know what to look for. Check everything. Notice cabinets, appliances, doors and even views out of the windows. Listen to noises that could be bothersome, such as a train that passes near by or a freeway. Make sure there is plenty of living space or room to add more if you desire. Most people forget to ensure there is enough closet and storage room. Write down vital pieces of information which should include anything that will help you with your decision.

At the open house, an owner or broker is likely to be present. If there is one in attendance, ask questions. Find out all the little secrets about the house. Granted they will not always be straightforward. Have a memo of each inquiry. Put in writing all the answers. When you make the choice on a house you can add these questions into the sales contact and re-ask the query. If these replies differ in the writing stage you may not want to do business with these people after all. All homes have concealed facts. Some are not real terrible but others can be horrendous. Interrogating the owner or broker is an ideal way to find out things that are not visible. Do not be shy about wanting to know how your dream home is really shaped.

Many times, several brokers, lenders or agents frequent open houses. They want your business as soon as you step foot onto the property. Do not sign anything. Even if this were the house you would like to purchase. On sight people have one agenda, to sell you something. Usually the brokers who visit many different open houses will try and get you to view other properties. Which is fine, however they do not know anything about your wishes of the home you want. The mortgage lenders may try to sell you a different house at a better rate. However, in the end it is more likely you will end up paying more. At the stage of an open house it is most probable you are playing the field.

Going to an open house is a time-honored tradition. Open houses are for looking and sometimes even buying. With an important and expensive decision to make, it is better to research and look at all of your options. When venturing upon an open house, understand all the choices offered. Try not to be persuaded in making rash decisions. You have the option of looking, taking those important notes, returning to look some more, and even moving on if this house is not for you.

Sandy Springs Real Estate

New Listing - 4 weeks online
$1,239,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
6
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
7,443
SQFT
720 Glengate Place
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Gates at Glenridge Subdivision
$509,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,697
SQFT
6560 Williamson Drive
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Mt Vernon Woods Subdivision
$1,055,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
6
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,000
SQFT
6463 Canopy Drive
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Aria Subdivision
$856,310
Townhouse For Sale
Pending
3
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,885
SQFT
Aria #255
6785 Prelude Drive
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
$379,900
Condo For Sale
Pending
1
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,121
SQFT
Aria #653
6615 Sterling Drive Drive
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
$277,900
Condo For Sale
Pending
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,107
SQFT
Serrano #5020
901 Abernathy Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$628,004
Townhouse For Sale
Pending
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,148
SQFT
Aria #279
6831 Prelude Drive
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
$835,000
Townhouse For Sale
Pending
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,615
SQFT
6408 Radiant Trace
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
ARIA Subdivision
$155,000
Condo For Sale
Pending
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,469
SQFT
Foxcroft #Q17
6851 Roswell Road NE
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$119,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
797
SQFT
Foxcroft #B8
6851 Roswell Road NE
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
$1,195,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
6
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,051
SQFT
6394 Lucent Lane
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Aria Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$259,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,002
SQFT
Serrano #3070
901 Abernathy Road NE
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$209,900
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,469
SQFT
Foxcroft #E-3
6851 Roswell Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
New Listing - a week online
$218,900
Condo For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,469
SQFT
Foxcroft Condos #D24
6851 Roswell Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$120,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
797
SQFT
Foxcroft #O7
6851 Roswell Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
New Listing - 4 days online
$193,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,253
SQFT
Foxcroft #A24
6851 Roswell Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
New Listing - 4 days online
$187,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,206
SQFT
Foxcroft #D30
6851 Roswell Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
$139,900
Condo For Sale
Pending
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
797
SQFT
Foxcroft #G3
6851 Roswell Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
$120,000
Condo For Sale
Pending
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
797
SQFT
Foxcroft #O-2
6851 Roswell Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
$149,900
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
711
SQFT
514 Granville Court
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
The Granville Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$460,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,030
SQFT
305 Alderwood Lane
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Alderwood on Abernathy Subdivision
$1,499,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
5,306
SQFT
6526 Cherry Tree Lane
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Mount Vernon Woods Subdivision
$156,000
Townhouse For Sale
Pending
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,088
SQFT
Raleigh Square #26C
6700 Roswell Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$174,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,026
SQFT
Raleigh Square #28G
6700 Roswell Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$162,400
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,088
SQFT
Raleigh Square #25F
6700 Roswell Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Price Change - 6 days ago
$344,990
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,856
SQFT
857 Perennial Drive
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Promenade at Northplace Subdivision
$289,000
Condo For Sale
Pending
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,160
SQFT
Promenade At Northplace #31
6467 Chariot Street
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$290,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,160
SQFT
6472 Chariot Street
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Promenade at Northplace Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$311,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,160
SQFT
6405 Paulson Place
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Promenade at Northplace Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$175,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,000
SQFT
Arbors At Sandy Springs #13A
6940 Roswell Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
$169,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,000
SQFT
The Arbors At Sandy Springs #17C
6940 Roswell Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
$185,000
Condo For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,323
SQFT
Highgate At Sandy Springs #N4
6900 Roswell Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
$198,900
Condo For Sale
Pending
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,228
SQFT
Stone Manor #D8
6980 Roswell Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
New Listing - a week online
$230,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,632
SQFT
Stone Manor #M3
6980 Roswell Road NE
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
$199,000
Condo For Sale
Pending
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,228
SQFT
Stone Manor #C7
6980 Roswell Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
New Listing - 4 days online
$199,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,632
SQFT
Stone Manor #A6
6980 Roswell Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
New Listing - 3 days online
$499,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,413
SQFT
230 Brook Drive
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Sunny Brook Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$215,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,330
SQFT
501 Abingdon Way
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Oaks of Dunwoody Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$209,800
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,330
SQFT
504 Abingdon Way
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Oaks of Dunwoody Subdivision
$1,300,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,000
SQFT
6695 Wright Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
 
$649,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,860
SQFT
6205 Aberdeen Drive
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Aberdeen Forest Subdivision
$675,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,305
SQFT
7065 Glenridge Drive
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Spalding Woods Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$475,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,064
SQFT
382 The Chace
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
AUTUMN CHACE Subdivision
$385,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,912
SQFT
325 The Chace NE
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Autumn Chace Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$135,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
FULTON
COUNTY
300 Johnson Ferry Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Mount Vernon Tower Subdivision
$139,900
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
760
SQFT
Mount Vernon Towers #B1005
300 Johnson Ferry Road NE
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$135,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
760
SQFT
Mount Vernon Tower #B612
300 Johnson Ferry Road NE
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
New Listing - a week online
$159,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
760
SQFT
Mount Vernon Towers #B708
300 Johnson Ferry Road NE
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
$219,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,474
SQFT
7150 Stonington Drive
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Stonington Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$284,969
Condo For Sale
Pending
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,366
SQFT
104 Mount Vernon Circle
Sandy Springs, GA 30338
Mount Vernon Plantation Subdivision
$585,000
Land For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
745 Glenairy Drive
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Aberdeen Forest Subdivision
$429,325
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,321
SQFT
The Dunhill #101
6890 Peachtree Dunwoody Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
$445,685
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,404
SQFT
The Dunhill #303
6890 Peachtree Dunwoody Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
$448,750
Condo For Sale
Pending
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,350
SQFT
The Dunhill #402
6890 Peachtree Dunwoody Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
$445,000
Condo For Sale
Pending
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,447
SQFT
The Dunhill #305
6890 Peachtree Dunwoody Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
$419,900
Condo For Sale
Pending
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,350
SQFT
The Dunhill #202
6890 Peachtree Dunwoody Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
$447,040
Condo For Sale
Pending
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,380
SQFT
The Dunhill #204
6890 Peachtree Dunwoody Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
New Listing - 4 days online
$365,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
970
SQFT
Aria #64
6738 Cadence Boulevard
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Price Change - 5 days ago
$450,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,615
SQFT
Aria #33
6719 Cadence Boulevard
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
$979,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,600
SQFT
6532 Aria Village Drive
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Aria Subdivision