Lisa Corr, Doherty Properties | Haverhill, MA Real Estate


If you plan to attend an open house, it usually pays to be prepared. That way, you'll know exactly which questions to ask during an open house and can ensure that you can gain the insights that you need to determine whether a residence is right for you.

Now, let's take a look at three key questions to ask a listing agent during an open house.

1. Why is this home for sale?

Although a home listing provides plenty of information about a residence, it is unlikely to explain why a homeowner is selling his or her house. Thus, you should use an open house to find out exactly why a home is for sale.

In many instances, a listing agent will be honest and forthright about why a homeowner has decided to add his or her residence to the real estate market. Once you receive an answer to your query, you can better understand whether a house matches your expectations.

On the other hand, if a listing agent hesitates or shies away from your question, you should be skeptical. At this point, you should continue to dig for more information about a residence to learn about any potential flaws.

2. Are there any home problems that I need to know about?

An open house enables you to get an up-close look at a residence. Furthermore, the event allows you to find out about a residence's pros and cons from a listing agent.

Ask a listing agent about any home problems – you'll be glad you did. The listing agent should be able to provide you with plenty of insights into a home's condition, ensuring you can make an informed decision about whether to submit an offer.

A listing agent is likely to be honest with you about any problems with a house. By doing so, this agent will reduce the risk of a homebuyer later rescinding an offer after a home inspection.

3. Have there been any offers on the house?

It is important to find out if there is any competition for a house, especially if you discover your dream residence. Thus, during an open house, you should ask a listing agent if any offers have been submitted on a residence.

If a listing agent responds "Yes" to your query, you may want to act fast to submit a competitive offer on a house. Because if you wait too long to make an offer on your dream residence, you risk losing this house to a rival homebuyer.

Lastly, if you need help getting ready for an open house, you should collaborate with a real estate agent. This housing market professional can provide deep insights into a residence before you attend an open house. Therefore, a real estate agent will help you take the guesswork out of getting the most out of any open house, at any time.

Want to optimize the value of an open house? Ask the aforementioned questions, and you can get the information that you need to fully evaluate a residence.



7 Sterling Way, Lynn, MA 01905

Single-Family

$539,000
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Lots of room in this house on a dead end street. Private back yard, large deck, in a quiet neighborhood near the Saugus line. Updated kitchen which is centrally located around the living room and dining room Great for entertaining. 2 Bedrooms on the main level and 2 more upstairs. Brand new rug in the family room in the lower level. Updated bathroom, Great work shop area or could be used just for storage. Also included is M:007 B:371 L:036 which contain 0.23 Acres (9850 sqft.). Easy to show, can close quickly.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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The idea of a tight-knit neighborhood seems like an artifact of a simpler time in our country. And, in many ways, it is. Improvements in transportation and technology make it easier than ever to be connected with friends and family across the country and around the world.

However, there are still many good reasons to get to know your neighbors, aside from as a common courtesy. In this article, we’ll break down those reasons for you.

A watchful eye

If you plan on going for an extended vacation, it’s good to know at least one neighbor who you can trust to watch over your home while you’re away. That can include reporting any suspicious behavior and bringing in your mail so that it isn't obvious that your home is empty.

If you have kids, your neighbors are a good way to find out about any neighborhood news and safety concerns you should be aware of, which brings us to our next reason to get to know your neighbor.

Learning about the neighborhood

When you move into a new community, there often aren’t many ways to learn about the local events and places of interest. Introducing yourself to your new neighbors is a good way to learn about the place you moved to. It’s also a way to ask about any concerns you may have, such as traffic, noise level, or road safety if you have children who will be playing outside.

A helping hand

Like we mentioned before, it’s good to have trustworthy neighbors while you’re on vacation for home security reasons. However, it’s also a good opportunity to have neighborhood kids lend a hand while you’re away. You can pay them to mow your lawn, water the grass or flowers, and feed your pets. This makes your life easier and teaches them a lesson in work and reward.

Lending tools and services

It’s good to know a few neighbors with tools that you don’t have so that you can let one another borrow seldom-used tools rather than buying or renting them just for the occasional use.

Similarly, if you have an elderly neighbor, it’s a rewarding gesture to help them out when you see they need help with groceries, shoveling, or other physically demanding tasks. Those small gestures can also go a long way when it comes to gaining a friend in the neighborhood who you can count on for the local news.

No ill-will between good neighbors

Let’s face it, neighbors can be a source of annoyance at times. If it’s late on a school night and your neighbors are being noisy while you and your children are trying to sleep, you’ll have a lot better chance of getting them to quiet down if you have an established, friendly relationship.

Similarly, if you have a family cookout and need to park cars in front of their lawn, they’re more likely to not mind if you’ve helped them out in the past.


So, for these five reasons, and for many others, it pays to get to know your neighbors.

 



500 Parkland Ave, Lynn, MA 01905

Single-Family

$479,000
Price

7
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
2 bedroom Cape that Is Located in a picturesque, neighborhood in Lynn that is minutes from routes 1 & 95! As soon as you enter this home you will feel the tranquility of this home. Beautiful living room boast hardwood floor and wood burning fireplace. The Den has hardwood floors and has a great view of Breeds Pond. Dining room has custom built in china closets, and hardwood floor. Nice size kitchen with the hard to find retro look. Kitchen leads out to either the laundry room or to the big back yard. Back yard has large size composite deck, fireplace and horseshoe pits. All fenced in for your privacy. Laundry room is on main floor for convenience. Master bedroom is also located on the 1st floor and you can't beat the beautiful view. Full bath on main living floor. Bathroom is large and has that awesome retro look. Upstairs has 2nd bedroom with additional space for office, storage, etc. Roof, Siding, Garage Door, and exterior doors are about 1 yr old.
Open House
Sunday
January 19 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
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Location: 500 Parkland Ave, Lynn, MA 01905    Get Directions

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583 Main St, Haverhill, MA 01830

Rental

$1,700
Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
Large 2nd floor apartment. Eat in kitchen, spacious living room, extra storage in attic. Off street parking. $5400 is required for move in. Credit check will be done and references are required. No pets, No Smoking in Unit.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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