Visiting Open Houses in Houston, TX

Each weekend, prospective home buyers attend Open Houses and preview homes listed for sale in Houston, TX.  The schedule convenience coupled by the showing feasibility allows for buyers to preview multiple homes with little to no pressure.  It almost feels like window shopping to see the latest in home remodeling, weird HGTV self-improved spaces and manicured landscapings. Most buyers go to Open Houses to compare homes in areas that would suit them.  Here are a few things that can be useful for your Open House Previewing:

1. Have a notepad and pencil/pen accessible.

Take a notepad (scratch paper later gets tossed away) to jot down quick information about the property that will help you with distinguish from the few properties you intend to see for the day. Takes as many notes as possible at every house you visit. If you are graphically inclined, do a sketch of the house while you are there so you know if the house layout is something to consider for your future needs. It is easy to forget which home had which features if you are previewing multiple homes.

2. Take a digital camera.

It is true that a picture speaks a thousand words. A digital camera allows you to compare different homes you visited while at an Open House when you are in the comfort of your own home. Take a picture of the kitchen, bathrooms and exterior areas. Make sure you take a picture of the front exterior as you walk into the house for reference. I find it easier to take a picture of the natural flow of the house versus random pictures of the property. Take a picture of the address for quick reference later.

3. Ask for a property brochure or property flyer.

Having a property brochure will help you reference the property when you get home. Most property brochures will provide information such as square footage, MLS number, taxes, room measurements and property pictures. Search the property on the Houston Multiple Listing Service through our website when you get home and save the properties that most interested you. We will then provide you additional information or research the market activity on your behalf. 

4. Establish the five most important criteria for your new home.

Before you start previewing homes, write a list of the five most important criteria for your perfect home. Let's call this your Top 5 Must Have's in the property. This will help narrow the many Open Houses available in your search area according to the criteria that is most important to you. Don't waste your time with homes that don't fit your search criteria.

5. Scout and evaluate the neighborhoods.

Drive the neighborhoods that most interest you. Drive through the entire area at different times of the day, during the week and on weekends. Look carefully at how well other homes in the area are being maintained; are they painted, are the yards well cared for; are parked cars in good condition, etc. Look for things like access to major thoroughfares, highways, and shopping. Evaluate the noise in the areas of interest to see if you are comfortable with it such as major intersections, traffic sounds, railroads, etc. Check with local civic, police, fire, and school officials to find information about the area. Look at traffic patterns around the area during different times of the day and drive from the area to work. Find out if the neighborhood is near parks, churches, recreation centers, shopping, theaters, restaurants, public transportation, schools with Satellite Area Maps. Use our website to define how walkable the neighborhood is. Find out if the neighborhood belongs to a Homeowner’s Association. Compare the neighborhood and community statistics with the Community Information Report.

6. Do your research with the County Appraisal Districts.

Go to the Harris County Appraisal District website and look at the homes you plan to preview over the weekend. Tax information is public information and will provide you with useful information such as year built, square footage of the improvement, lot size, lot dimensions, tax rates, number of rooms and bathrooms, etc. Sometimes, the Appraisal District websites do not have completely accurate information when homes have been improved and additional square footage added. Other Appraisal Distrcts near the Greater Houston Area are the Fort Bend Appraisal Distrct and the Brazoria County Appraisal District.

7. Ask if a Home Warranty will be provided with the house.

Home Warranties protect both the Buyers and Sellers. A Home Warranty protects you and your loved ones living with you against financial setbacks due to costly repair or replacement of covered appliances and major systems. Home Warranty policies are not total replacement rembursements but they provide a credit towards covered items when they cannot be repaired. This helps when needing to buy new appliances or even a condenser unit. The Home Warranty protects the seller during the listing period and the buyer for a full year, beginning the day of closing. With so many unknowns, a Home Warranty gives you peace-of-mind. Most home warranties range $350-700 for initial protection plans for homes under 4,000 sq. ft. Homes larger than 4,000 are generally more expensive but a very good idea and a negotiating factor when placing an offer.

8. Take a tape measure!

A tape measure can eliminate possible doubts and save you alot of future questions about furniture placement and your specific design compatability. Does your bed frame fit in the master bedroom? Does the breakfast table fit properly? Would you need to purchase new furniture for this house?

9. Preview pictures online!

Preview pictures online before you decide to see the home. Check to see if the house is available through our website via our Home Search Portal. We provide real-time data from the Houston Multiple Listing Service. Check to see if there are any virtual tours or picture slideshow for the properties you plan to preview during your Open House.

10. Tell them you are working with an agent.

In Texas, the Seller's Agent represents the Seller and must place the interest of the Seller first. This means that they do not represent you or your best interests. Anything you discuss with them provides a tactical and negotiation advantage to the Seller. We would welcome the opportunity to represent you as your Buyer's Agent. We can schedule a complimentary in-person or Zoom meeting with you to show you how we sell homes. Most of the properties we send you through our system already includes our Buyer Agent Commission! This means that we have already procured our Agent Commission for homes we send you through the Multiple Listing Service. We welcome the opportunity to work with you.

Schedule a Buyer Appointment with us this week by telling us what you are searching for in a home in the Greater Houston Area.

We would love the opportunity to earn your business. Feel free to contact us via our Contact Form on our website or call us at 713-970-1032.

Open Houses in the next few days:

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Open 5/28
1502 Olive St Baytown, TX 77520
$230,000
Neighborhood: Richardson Place
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,671
Sq.Ft.
1960
Year Built
2
Days on Site
67904819
MLS
An absolute must see, this FULLY remodeled home outshines the rest in this mature subdivision of Baytown, TX. on a large lot. Bring your picky buyers because they will surely love everything about...
Open 5/28
7507 Orchard Hills Ln Sugar Land, TX 77479
$408,000
Neighborhood: Greatwood Crossing Sec 2
4
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,067
Sq.Ft.
1994
Year Built
2
Days on Site
25943309
MLS
Gorgeous two-story brick home in sought after Greatwood! Home features 4-bedroom,2.5, 2 car garage. Downstairs was recently renovated. Enjoy your Bosch SS appliances, ceramic tile flooring, beautiful...
Open 5/28
21506 Sierra Long Dr Richmond, TX 77407
$345,000
Neighborhood: Lost Creek Sec 3
3
Beds
2
Baths
2,052
Sq.Ft.
2011
Year Built
2
Days on Site
35924332
MLS
Beautiful, Spacious Single Story 3 Bedroom, 2 Full Bathroom Home with 2 Car Attached Garage*Upgrades include Contemporary Style Sheer Zebra Blinds, Resistant Laminate Flooring, Modern Light Fixtures...
Open 5/28
24110 Broken Bow Ln Hockley, TX 77447
$220,000
Neighborhood: Ranch Country Sec 04
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,402
Sq.Ft.
2001
Year Built
2
Days on Site
65380897
MLS
Gorgeous! This wonderful 3 bedroom home is conveniently located near 290 & 99. Once you enter you will see the interior is painted a neutral color with ceramic "wood' tile floors in the entry,...
Open 5/29
14210 E Cypress Forest Dr Houston, TX 77070
$366,000
Neighborhood: Cypress Forest Sec 02 U/R
4
Beds
2
Baths
2,218
Sq.Ft.
1973
Year Built
3
Days on Site
34537860
MLS
Welcome to this great Location! (Location! Location!) home with excellent rating schools in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. This rare find is also some of the most beautiful houses in the community. The...
Open 5/28
12215 Oldenburg Ln Houston, TX 77065
$265,900
Neighborhood: Steeplechase Sec 04
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,748
Sq.Ft.
1983
Year Built
4
Days on Site
46700727
MLS
Cozy and re-modeled brick one-story. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. Roof is 10 yrs young. A/C 3 yrs. Fresh interior and exterior paint! Vaulted ceilings showcase the amenities including new wood floors, new...
Open 5/26
2631 Southwick St Houston, TX 77080
$584,000
Neighborhood: Spring Shadows Sec 01
4
Beds
2
Baths
2,292
Sq.Ft.
1966
Year Built
4
Days on Site
55728807
MLS
Georgian style beauty with an updated twist, located in the heart of desirable Spring Shadows in Spring Branch. Freshly remodeled and ready for its family. Close to City Centre, Memorial City, and...
Open 5/29
6811 Miller Shadow Ln Sugar Land, TX 77479
$489,900
Neighborhood: Millwood At Riverstone
4
Beds
3
Baths
3,068
Sq.Ft.
2015
Year Built
4
Days on Site
12380915
MLS
Absolutely stunning single story Perry Home located in the sought-after Riverstone community offering NO back neighbors, & quick access to HWY 6. Upon arrival find a low maintenance landscaped lawn,...
Open 5/23
3608 Cambridge Gate Dr Houston, TX 77055
$762,648
Neighborhood: Somerset Green
4
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
2,910
Sq.Ft.
2022
Year Built
4
Days on Site
93145026
MLS
NEW David Weekley Home at Somerset Green with 1st floor living and fenced rear yard! Beautiful 3-sty Granada features a large front patio with pavers! As you enter you are WOW'd with the 11 ft...
Open 5/28
2414 Emancipation Ave Houston, TX 77004
$499,500
Neighborhood: Emancipation Heights
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,391
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
4
Days on Site
87062857
MLS
Last unit available!!! Welcome to Emancipation Heights. This residence offers exceptional living and easy access to Houston's major highways and business/entertainment districts. 4 story, new...
Open 5/28
21018 Vancherry Dr Cypress, TX 77433
$523,854
Neighborhood: Bridge Creek 45S
5
Beds
4
Baths
2,541
Sq.Ft.
2022
Year Built
4
Days on Site
83748496
MLS
MLS# 83748496 ~ REPRESENTATIVE PHOTOS ADDED! Built by Taylor Morrison, Ready September ~ The attractive Camelia has it all! Soaring ceilings and natural light with added peace and quiet of private...
Open 5/28
21146 Murray Bluff Dr Cypress, TX 77433
$633,916
Neighborhood: Bridge Creek 50S
5
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
3,319
Sq.Ft.
2022
Year Built
4
Days on Site
72148680
MLS
MLS# 72148680 ~ REPRESENTATIVE PHOTOS ADDED! Built by Taylor Morrison, Ready December ~ The Bordeaux! An excellent choice for larger households needing additional living space. The study is directly...

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