Some homes will sell by scheduling an open house where any interested buyers can look around the property and ask the seller’s realtor questions about the home. Other homes will sell without ever scheduling an open house because buyers will schedule private showings in order to see the home. As you think about shopping for homes for sale in Lafayette, you may have questions about which approach is best for you. This article will cover the pros and cons of either option, with the goal of helping better prepare you for your search for Lafayette real estate.
1. Open house pro: You don’t need an appointment
Sometimes, scheduling a time to see a home can create headaches. You have to find a time that works with your own schedule, your agent’s schedule, and the seller’s schedule. Everyone is incredibly busy with regular life, and adding a home sale or purchase into the mix only increases the strain and demand on your time. Another possibility is that you’re driving, and you see a sign for an open house that you didn’t know what was available. When this happens, you can simply drop in on a whim.
2. Open house pro: You can meet the listing agent
When you schedule a private showing, you might not have any contact with the listing agent. However, if you attend an open house, the listing agent is usually present and can answer any questions you have about the home. They often have more precise information about the home than what you can find online.
3. Open house con: You may be asked for your information
4. Open house con: You aren’t the only one looking
5. Open house con: You have to go when it’s scheduled
6. Private showing pro: You can take your time
7. Private showing pro: You can honestly express concerns
If you notice something at an open house that raises any red flags, you can express your concern out loud without worrying about offending the listing agent or any other potential buyers who are around.
8. Private showing pro: You don’t feel as much pressure
When you attend an open house, it’s sometimes easy to feel pressure when you notice significant interest from other buyers. If you see somebody walking around, asking lots of questions, or taking notes as they view the house, you might wonder if they are getting ready to make an offer on the home. While a similar sense of urgency may exist when you schedule a private showing, you don’t feel the immediate pressure of looking at the home at the same times as others.
9. Private showing con: It requires more planning
This was mentioned earlier, but when you attend an open house, you don’t have to go back and forth with the seller and your agent about a good time to see the home. You can simply come to the house any time during the open house window. Also, you’ll sometimes need pre-approval for a loan before you can request a private showing, and you likely won’t be able to schedule a private showing unless a realtor is present. Because of these reasons, an open house may be a better choice if you’re just beginning the process or if you simply want to see what kind of houses are available.
10. Private showing con: Some sellers don’t allow them
If you’re unsure how to proceed with your home search, consider reaching out to Kelly Crawford and his team of expert agents. Kelly has helped countless individuals find their dream Lafayette-area home, and he understands the differences between open houses and private showings better than anyone. He’s looking forward to connecting with you, answering your questions, and helping you decide which approach is right for you in your search for Lafayette real estate.