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It is time for a blog about open houses. Open houses (Opens) are a great way for people to learn about a neighborhood, even if they are not ready to buy. I usually have cookies and encourage you to take time, sit a spell and really check out a home. I love where I live and sell homes. I’m always happy to suggest why you should look and what is great about the area. Open houses are also for buyers who are sent by their agent. Sign–in using your real name and put your agents name. I do not have you sign in to harass you with sales calls. I will only call you if you ask me to. The sheet is merely a record of who took a twirl.
Yes the neighbors are welcome to look. I have no issue with that because on occasion they have a buyer/relative/friend/co-worker who would like to live here too. This is a great scenario because they are choosing their own neighbor.
Occasionally I will have another agent from my office help at my open if we expect a volume of people or there is a pool/pond for safety. Sometimes we help each other out with an open if more than one listing hits the market at the same time. There are 52 weeks in a year. Consider that if you hire the #1 person who has their name on every sign or more listings than weeks in the year that they will not be the one at your open house. Many agents/offices use new agents to work their opens. When you are looking to hire an agent ask if they will be working your open house. Mortgage reps may also attend. This is really helpful to a new buyer as they can answer many questions about the process. If I do not have an open, I will look at inventory on open house day to pre-view for buyers I may have.
There is another open house agents host called broker opens. These are opens for other agents during the week to see new inventory after they hit the market. This is another way for local agents to consider who they have looking that might be a good fit for your home. Agents will provide a light lunch and we get to catch up on all the latest real estate news.
The market is heating up. Do not miss this great home in the Preserve. A 15 home enclave of luxury homes awaits your visit.
The “Spring Housing Market” is a frequent topic of conversation. As an agent I hear from both buyers and sellers that they are going to list or shop in the spring.
Spring in the housing market isn’t when the tulips are coming up or when the schools are on spring break. Consider that many make their buying plans around school ending or summer vacation schedules. Also consider that even a cash deal needs time for inspections plus title work and will be around 30 days to close. If you work backwards being under contract by the end of April is the latest for an early summer move. If there are mortgage appraisals 45 days to close is more typical and that will place you into the 3rd week of April. This leaves about 10 weeks for the spring market. The calendar date for spring is actually when it may still be snowing.
People put all of their holiday décor away and make new years resolutions. Some of the resolutions include moving. There is one other day that real estate agents consider prior to the “Spring Market”. Funny enough it is the weekend after the Super Bowl that kicks off the market. Many people have the same ideas about spring. For buyers there are more homes to choose from but there are also more people buying. Buyers need a professional agent to help them locate the best homes to meet their needs. The other side of the coin is that sellers will have more competition and they need to be game ready. A seller needs a professional agent who can get them ready for selling.
Thinking of buying or selling a home, please contact me.
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services New Jersey Properties
Sales Associate, Amy Roth
- Buyer issues have put this back on the market twice & you now have the opportunity to buy what you missed. 2. House passed inspection & septic. Tank sweep completed. NO buried tanks on property 3. Listed below assessment. The buyer can appeal. 4. Holidays are both fun & pretty here with several events during the year. 5. Small town charm that is commutable to 31 & 78 6. Quiet and located at the end of a non-thru street. 7. Great bike trail & fishing nearby. 8. The first Sunday of the month is the all you can eat Califon fireman pancake breakfast. 9. Front porch & back deck with mountain views. 10. Small friendly towns are awesome!