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 [http://www.destinrealestatesales.com/idx/search_subdivision.html
] 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 [http://www.gulfcoastrealestatesales.com/buying.php ] 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.