Open House Tips for Destin Home Buyers

Posted by Destin Real Estate Sales on Monday, January 9th, 2012 at 1:55pm.


Open houses are a great tool for Destin home buyers []. Attending open houses allows South Walton home buyers to get a general feel for the ambience of a neighborhood, find out which features are considered standard in that particular neighborhood, and make direct comparisons between homes that are on the market. To make the best use of an open house and avoid jeopardizing sale negotiations should they decide to make an offer on the home, there are a few things that Destin home buyers [] should know about open houses.


Open houses are usually conducted by the home seller’s real estate agent, know as the listing agent because it is her duty to list (advertise) the home for sale on multiple real estate listing services, the internet, local newspapers, etc. Destin home buyers who attend open houses must understand that the listing agent’s loyalties are to the home seller. The listing agent’s primary goal is to help the home owner sell his home as quickly as possible and for the best possible price. This is also in the real estate agent’s best interest as Realtors are paid a commission based on a percentage of the home’s sale price.

During an open house, the listing agent’s job is to bring the home’s best features to the potential buyer’s attention and showcase the home’s assets. Potential buyers shouldn’t expect to get a balanced view of a home from an open house. If you attend an open house and are seriously interested in the home, it’s smart to schedule a private walk-through of the home with your own agent, called the buyer’s agent. A buyer’s agent is dedicated to helping the home buyer (you) obtain the best house at the best price and will be more likely to notice and point out any potential problems with a house and be able to use them to negotiate a better purchase price.


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