Figure out your needs
Monthly cost of owning a home
Financing Your Purchase
The FHA Mortgage
The Conventional Mortgage
The Adjustable Rate Mortgage
Department Of Veterans Affairs Mortgage
Pre-Qualified vs Pre-Approval
Phase 2: Looking
►Looking at homes◄
Types of homes
Single Family Homes
Types of sellers
Researching A Home's Public Information
Tours of Homes
A great way to see a number of houses is to tour several houses at once. I usually try to show 6-8 houses on a tour of homes that you really like, along with maybe a couple that I throw in. With this, expect to spend 2-3 hours looking at 6-8 homes in a similar geographic area. I usually provide you with printouts of each house so that you can take notes on each house. This is a great way to see a good number of houses up close. I generally like to show about 6-8 homes at a time because if we look at more than 8 homes, it makes it hard to remember each home. Be sure to take notes in each home we visit. Use the sheets we provide to serve as a reminder about that specific home.
Once we have gone through the bulk of your favorite homes list, we will be waiting for the one or two homes that show up each day. If you spot one specific home that really catches your eye, please let me know immediately. I can usually schedule a showing within 24 hours, often times, on the same day.
When visiting an open house, you should be careful about what you say, and how you sign in. Keep in mind that the agent holding the open house represents the SELLER. They are obligated to tell the seller everything that you say. This may not be a good thing for you because if you want to make an offer, the seller may already know some of your cards. Giving away some of your cards is like showing your hand in poker.
- Feel free to visit open houses. Remember that you can always ask me to schedule a private showing and we can usually get in within 24 hours.
- If you happen to go to an open house, be sure to leave one of my business cards or be sure to tell the agent at the house that you already have a signed contract with another agent.
- If they require you to sign in, you can sign your name, but be sure to write in something like “represented by Steven Hong, RE/MAX” and use my phone number “952-884-8404” in the guest book.