Open houses are a huge part of both the buying and selling process. You might be hesitant to host or attend one because they can be painfully awkward. Walking around your potential new home with a real estate agent following you from room to room isn’t the most comfortable experience, especially if there are parts of the home you don’t like or the home is in not-so-great condition.
As a buyer, this is your time to finally see what that home you bookmarked online looks like in person.
As a seller, this is your moment to make your home look special and showcase what you have loved most about your home over the years. When done right, open houses can lead to on the spot sales, bidding wars, and can open your eyes to what you’re really looking for in a home. We took a few stories from Andrew Dorn of realtor.com, who visited seven different open houses in one weekend, to show you the right (and wrong) way to host and attend open houses