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What Questions should you ask at an open house?


In our day and age, going to open houses has lost its popularity among homebuyers.  Today, 90% of buyers begin their home search online.  It is no longer a primary tool for home buyers or Realtors, but it is still a wonderful way to get a feel for the area you are looking at moving to.  To get the most out of your open house experiences, ask these important questions, and even take notes if you need to!

  1. How long has the home been on the market?
  2. Have there been any offers? Why weren’t they accepted?
  3. Why are the owners selling?
  4. What appliances and features are being sold with the house?
  5. Does the property have special ownership costs?
  6. How does it compare with the other homes in the neighborhood?
  7. Can I have a disclosure statement?


You should ask these questions in particular to get a better idea of how much the home is worth, and you should also ask any questions you have about the home in particular.  Tell the Realtor about any concerns or questions you have regarding the specific property.  And it doesn’t hurt to get the agent’s insight on the neighborhood and nearby schools as well.



Going to open houses can be helpful, but it’s also really hit-or-miss.  The best way to get the scoop on a property is to search for it online- our website has a free search tool you can use to view any home that’s for sale in Lane County. Check out the home before the open house to see if you will actually be interested, or look it up afterwards to find the stats and other information about the house.


It’s always best to have a really good buyers agent to help you find the right house and, yes, ask the right questions!  Call our wonderful team to find a Realtor that will work hard and help you find your dream home!



Arica Song

Song Real Estate

Office: 541-935-8855

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