Going to many open houses will open your eyes to the possibilities and realities of owning a house. It is a good opportunity to see if your image of a dream house matches up to the real houses available for sale. Browsing homes on the internet is never the same as seeing the houses in person. The real learning starts when you step through the door of an open house.
Even if you feel your finances are not ready, you should still go to open houses to help you set your goal of owning a house. Seeing what is available, what’s new, what’s old helps you learn as much as possible in finding what you are looking for. Also, be sure to see houses that are more than what you can afford, and see houses that are less than you can afford.
At an open house, you will get a chance to walk around the house to get a feel of what you will be owning, the layout of the kitchen, dinning room, living room, and bedrooms. Also figuring out what you like and what you don’t like during all the open houses. Eventually, you may end up liking one design over all the others.
Then take some more time to explore the surrounding neighborhood to see if you like the area where you will be living.
Never rush to sign anything at an open house, because the real estate agent there represents the seller. They work for the seller to get the highest price for the seller. Look for a buyer’s agent to negotiate on your behalf.