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 1/29
9709 Chelsea Street Texas City,  TX 77591
$325,990
Neighborhood: Central Park
4
Beds
2
Baths
2,024
Sq.Ft.
2023
Year Built
1
Day on Site
54994872
MLS
Central Park,New Construction home has all the latest trends, including the latest in energy efficient features. The "Kingston" plan is One-story home featuring 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, and 2 car garage....
Open 2/4
472 Pompano St Bayou Vista,  TX 77563
$479,777
Neighborhood: New Bayou Vista 3
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,540
Sq.Ft.
1972
Year Built
1
Day on Site
98747747
MLS
Renovated 2/3 bedroom, 2 bath Canal Front with Boathouse!Upgrades Completed in 2018 prior to Purchase in 2019: included New Roof, upgraded Electrical Box w/ Additional Breakers, New Plumbing and...
Open 2/4
223 Bentwater Ln Clute,  TX 77531
$365,000
Neighborhood: Woodshore Sec 4 A0066 J E Gro
3
Beds
2
Baths
2,091
Sq.Ft.
2019
Year Built
1
Day on Site
69354507
MLS
This stunning K. Hovnanian home in the desirable Woodshore Subdivision is your next dream come true home. This home features 3 bedrooms and a study, that could be used as a bedroom making it a...
Open 2/4
3906 N N Barnett Way Missouri City,  TX 77459
$399,900
Neighborhood: Sienna Steep Bank Village Sec 1
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,880
Sq.Ft.
1998
Year Built
1
Day on Site
43589885
MLS
New Roof 2021. Recent Air Conditioning system. Fresh paint and fresh new carpeting. Large eat- in kitchen. High ceilings throughout this home. Built-ins in the den and study. Gas log fireplace....
Open 2/4
2139 2139 Creekside Breeze Dr Missouri City,  TX 77459
$397,500
Neighborhood: Sienna Sec 27
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,430
Sq.Ft.
2022
Year Built
1
Day on Site
32906147
MLS
A Beautifully landscaped front yard and contemporary front door beneath a brick arch way greet you as you enter this open floor plan home featuring high ceilings and grey tone vinyl wood plank...
Open 1/30
9621 Madison Avenue Texas City,  TX 77591
$304,990
Neighborhood: Central Park
4
Beds
2
Baths
1,796
Sq.Ft.
2023
Year Built
1
Day on Site
41071973
MLS
Central Park, Easy Access to I45 and HWY 3 this New Construction home has everything you need, including the latest in energy efficient features. This "Cali" plan has a modern farmhouse elevation....
Open 1/29
17503 Heartwind Ct Houston,  TX 77095
$372,500
Neighborhood: Riata Ranch
4
Beds
2
Baths
2,317
Sq.Ft.
1998
Year Built
2
Days on Site
67036130
MLS
Welcome home to 17503 Heartwind Ct tucked away in beautiful Riata Ranch just off 290 & Barker Cypress. This stunning 1 story, 4 bed, 2 bath, 2,300+ home sits on a 9,000+ sqft corner lot & features an...
Open 1/29
9219 Petersham Dr Houston,  TX 77031
$299,999
Neighborhood: Glenshire Sec 02
4
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,246
Sq.Ft.
1972
Year Built
2
Days on Site
5276639
MLS
Anticipated live date is 1/27/24.
Open 1/29
138 North St Houston,  TX 77009
$985,000
Neighborhood: Grota Home
4
Beds
4
Baths
2,526
Sq.Ft.
1940
Year Built
2
Days on Site
52804387
MLS
Another stunning home by Uptown Designs! This American Four Square is located in historic Germantown on a quiet street two blocks from Woodland Park. Previous 1940’s duplex has been impeccably...
Open 1/29
1304 Coco Ray Ln Katy,  TX 77493
$353,250
Neighborhood: Sunterra
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,313
Sq.Ft.
2022
Year Built
2
Days on Site
44407399
MLS
READY NOW! The Kisko by Centex Homes is located on a right in the cul-de-sac! The Kisko offers comfortable living and functionality for all families. The first-floor expansive great room and kitchen...
Open 1/29
13 Bentwood Dr Montgomery,  TX 77356
$899,950
Neighborhood: Bentwater
6
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
4,436
Sq.Ft.
2002
Year Built
2
Days on Site
47623120
MLS
Took some time off the market to make major changes. Full home renovation. We have been waiting for this day to show you! The curb appeal is stunning and perched on a oversized lot. Heated/Pool spa...
Open 1/29
55 Twin Ponds Place Tomball,  TX 77375
$684,900
Neighborhood: Woodlands Creekside Park West Se
4
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
3,390
Sq.Ft.
2016
Year Built
2
Days on Site
92469077
MLS
Gorgeous home Built by Darling Homes - Beautiful grand 2 story entry with hardwood floors throughout first floor except the primary. Large study with glass french doors. Followed by a bright formal...

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