Thinking of visiting an open house or two this weekend?
Because not all real estate agents host open houses in the same manner, you can’t always be certain who will answer the door. It could be the listing agent, a neighbor, a buyer’s agent or even the seller. One thing is for certain. You do not need to ring the door bell or knock, unless there is a sign posted instructing you to do so. Open the door and walk in. If you don’t see an agent, call out “hello,” just in case the agent is, um, otherwise occupied in a private room.
Here are types of agents you may encounter:
• Standing at the front door to greet you. This type of agent will shake your hand, introduce himself or herself, get your name, hand you a flyer and say, “Go on through at your own pace.” The agent might even follow you to point out features and answer questions you didn’t realize you had.
• In the driveway, asleep behind the wheel of her car. This agent might leave the door ajar and never get up to greet you. Free free to go inside anyway. Make a note of the agent’s name and promise yourself you will never call this company nor the agent.
• Reading a book in another room. The non-engaging type agent will say, “There is information on the counter. If you have any questions, let me know.” Generally, this is an agent who didn’t really want to hold open the home but is doing it so she can tell her seller she did.
When visiting open houses, Realtors are required to ask if you are working with an agent, if you are it is best to have them with you, or at least provide the information of who is representing you. Many people will stop at open houses including people on a whim and neighbors. Either way most agents should welcome everyone, the more the merrier.