Marianne Leonard Cashman - William Raveis R.E. & Home Services


An open house can be a life-changing event for a homebuyer. If you plan ahead for an open house, you should have no trouble determining whether a residence matches or exceeds your expectations. And if the answer is "Yes," you can proceed quickly to submit a competitive offer to acquire a house.

What does it take to prep for an open house? Here are three open house preparation tips that every homebuyer needs to know.

1. Understand Your Budget

Before you attend an open house, you should find out how much money is at your disposal. Thus, you may want to meet with banks and credit unions to see if you can get pre-approved for a mortgage. That way, you can kick off your home search with a budget in hand.

Although you know that you have only a certain amount of money to spend on a residence, it may be worthwhile to consider attending open houses for residences with initial asking prices that are above your price range. Because in some instances, a home seller may be willing to accept an offer that falls below his or her initial asking price.

2. Create a List of Questions

A home is one of the biggest purchases that a person can make, and as such, it pays to be diligent. If you craft a list of questions before an open house, you can get immediate responses from the showing agent. Then, you can determine the best course of action.

When it comes to an open house, there is no such thing as a "bad" question. As a homebuyer, it is paramount to get as much information as possible about a residence to determine whether a house is right for you. Therefore, if you create a list of questions in advance, you can improve your chances of getting the most out of an open house.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

If you're uncertain about how to approach an open house, you're not alone. Fortunately, real estate agents are available nationwide who are happy to teach you the ins and outs of the real estate market. By doing so, these housing market professionals will make it easy to take an informed approach to any open house, at any time.

A real estate agent will always keep you up to date about new residences as they become available. Also, if you are interested in homes in a particular city or town, a real estate agent will notify you about open houses in this area. And if you need extra help prepping for an open house, a real estate agent is happy to assist you in any way possible.

Let's not forget about the support that a real estate agent provides throughout the homebuying journey, either. A real estate agent will help you submit an offer on a house, negotiate with a seller's agent on your behalf and much more.

Be diligent as you get ready for an open house – use the aforementioned tips, and you can fully prepare for an open house.


For homebuyers who want to do everything possible to discover their dream residences, it generally is a good idea to attend open houses. These events make it simple to analyze residences and determine whether they match or surpass your expectations.

Ultimately, there are many reasons to attend an open house, and these include:

1. You can get a first-hand look at a home.

A home listing often provides a great starting point for homebuyers. However, a listing alone fails to empower buyers with the information that they need to fully analyze a house.

By attending an open house, you can get an up-close look at a residence. An open house allows you to walk around a home and view each section of a residence at your convenience. Plus, an open house usually is stress-free, and if you don't like a residence after the event, you can simply continue your search for your dream home.

2. You can receive comprehensive home insights.

During an open house, you can gain home insights that you may struggle to obtain in a home listing. Therefore, homebuyers may want to prepare a list of questions before they attend an open house to ensure they can obtain deep insights into a home's condition.

Moreover, an open house may help you determine whether there is substantial or minimal interest in a residence. If an open house is attended by dozens of potential buyers, you may need to act quickly to submit an offer to secure this residence. Comparatively, if you are the only person to attend an open house, you may be better equipped than ever before to negotiate a home's price with a seller.

3. You can envision what life might be like if you purchase a residence.

When it comes to deciding whether a home is right for you, attending an open house is paramount. In fact, an open house enables you to envision what life may be like if you purchase a residence. And if you feel comfortable with a home after you attend an open house, you can always submit an offer to help transform your homeownership dream into a reality.

If you plan to attend open houses in the foreseeable future, there is no reason to attend these events alone. Fortunately, real estate agents are available who can help you prepare for open houses and ensure you can discover your dream residence.

A real estate agent is a housing market expert who can teach you everything you need to know about buying a home. This housing market professional first will learn about your homebuying goals and craft a personalized homebuying strategy. Then, a real estate agent will keep you up to date about open houses, offer homebuying insights and do everything possible to help you find a home that you can enjoy for years to come.

Reach out to a real estate agent today. By doing so, you can start attending open houses and boost the likelihood of a successful homebuying experience.



101 Herrick Road, North Andover, MA 01845

Single-Family

$510,000
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
THIS HOME HAS IT ALL WITH CHARM GALORE AND MORE! An abundance of light and gleaming hardwood floors welcome you as you enter into the home. Off to your left is a private room that is perfect for the home office. To your right is the sprawling, spacious living room that opens up into the sunroom - the perfect place for kids to play or for you to relax with a good book. The kitchen, with its granite countertops and SS appliances, offers lots of counter and cabinet space. The formal dining room offers the perfect place to gather for those everyday dinners and holiday happenings. A half bath finishes off the first floor. Upstairs, there are three good-sized bedrooms and a full bath. Outside, there is a private, fenced side lawn with a patio that offers the perfect place to gather on a warm summer night. All this plus a NEWER HVAC (2019) and a LOCATION that is prime for commuters and offers families with young kids a chance to live within walking distance to a popular elementary school!
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Saturday
February 29 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
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36 Stirling Street, Andover, MA 01810

Single-Family

$935,000
Price

10
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
THIS CUSTOM BUILT HOME IS TRULY A GEM! Perched upon a hill in Stirling Woods, one of the more exclusive, private neighborhoods in town, this young colonial has a stately appearance yet is filled with both warmth and charm. As you enter into the spacious foyer, you'll find the living room with a wood-burning fireplace to your right and the formal dining room and butler's pantry on your left. Straight ahead is the place to relax & gather at the end of the day! The kitchen, complete with granite countertops, island, SS appliances and 6-burner professional gas cooktop, has an ea- in area that flows into the sun room & family room - open concept living at its best. Also on the first floor is the office with built-ins, a laundry room and half bath. Upstairs, you will find three spacious bedrooms, a full bath and a private master suite complete with its own sitting room, double walk-in closets, and gorgeous master bath. All this plus new heating/AC system (2018) and freshly painted exterior!
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October 19 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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36 Stirling Street, Andover, MA 01810

Single-Family

$935,000
Price

10
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
THIS CUSTOM BUILT HOME IS TRULY A GEM! Perched upon a hill in Stirling Woods, one of the more exclusive, private neighborhoods in town, this young colonial has a stately appearance yet is filled with both warmth and charm. As you enter into the spacious foyer, you'll find the living room with a wood-burning fireplace to your right and the formal dining room and butler's pantry on your left. Straight ahead is the place to relax & gather at the end of the day! The kitchen, complete with granite countertops, island, SS appliances and 6-burner professional gas cooktop, has an ea- in area that flows into the sun room & family room - open concept living at its best. Also on the first floor is the office with built-ins, a laundry room and half bath. Upstairs, you will find three spacious bedrooms, a full bath and a private master suite complete with its own sitting room, double walk-in closets, and gorgeous master bath. All this plus new heating/AC system (2018) and freshly painted exterior!
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October 19 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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