Selling Homes September 29, 2012

A Sunday Tradition

Whether you're looking for a new home or something fun to do on a Sunday afternoon, the Windermere Open House sign welcomes you to come in. I always enjoy hosting an open house — I can't tell you how many truly wonderful people I have met on Sunday afternoons!

As the Windermere article in last Sunday's paper said, the time-honored tradition of open houses hasn't changed. We can see house pictures and read descriptions on the internet, but there's nothing like seeing, touching, and even smelling what could be your next home. Open houses are also one of the best ways to get to know a neighborhood.

I've also learned how visiting open houses can be part of the buying process, for some people. Not everyone has a defined turnaround time to sell and move. It's common for prospective buyers to take up to a year to research the market and benefit from finding their dream home in this casual and relaxed way — one more reason that open houses remain a popular Sunday outing.

These "Five Tips for Approaching an Open House" are helpful to both the deadline-driven and prospective home buyer. It's never too early to define what your dream home looks, feels, and smells like!