Mum's the Word for Home Buyers Attending Destin Open Houses

Posted by Destin Real Estate Sales on Monday, January 9th, 2012 at 1:56pm.


Sunny days, white-sand beaches and warm Gulf waters are powerful attractants that draw 4.5 million tourists to Florida’s scenic Emerald Coast every year. Eighty percent of those vacationers visit Destin and many ultimately purchase a Destin vacation home [ ] or relocate to Destin and become full-time residents. Frequently, vacationers who are considering a Destin home purchase will slip a little house hunting into their vacation schedule and cruise through a few open houses.


If you know you want to buy a home in Destin but aren’t sure exactly where you want to live; open houses are a great way to explore different Destin neighborhoods and get a feel for the local ambience. Open houses are also an excellent, no-pressure way to take a look at a house you are interested in purchasing. The trick is to keep your interest under wraps. As experienced Destin Realtors [ ] warn house hunters, mum’s the word when attending an open house.


Open houses are usually conducted by the seller’s agent. While a valuable source of information about the home and the surrounding community, sharp-eared real estate agents will also be listening to the comments house hunters make about the home and reporting them back to the seller. If you gush about “how perfect” the home is or remark on the beautiful view, your words could come back to haunt you during sales negotiations. Obviously, if the seller knows you’re interested in his home, it will be harder for your Destin Realtor to negotiate the most favorable sales price.


When attending an open house, the smartest thing prospective Destin home buyers can do is ask plenty of questions but save their comments for their own real estate agent.


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