Every weekend all over Des Moines and beyond, there are hundreds of open houses! Most people don’t even think about attending an open house until they’re serious about buying, but really, open houses are a good way to see what’s out there and get a taste of the homebuying process. You definitely don’t have to be a serious buyer to attend! If you’re thinking about buying a home but it’s still a little ways down the road, here are a few open house plans you can put into action over the next few months as you narrow your options!
New Construction Tour
Pick out a three or four builders you like and attend an open house for each one. It’s a good way to compare styles and price ranges, plus the agent at the open house will be an expert on that particular builder, so if you find a builder whose style you like, you can ask about other locations, prices, or building a custom home. Find a list of local builders here.
Price Range Comparison Tour
Even if you haven’t been pre-approved, you probably have a general idea of your budget. Take that number and choose one open house right at that price, one that’s slightly below that price, and one that’s slightly above it. This will be a good way to really see what you get for your money so you’ll have a better idea of what you can afford.
Get to Know the Neighborhood Tour
You probably have a certain area you’ve thought about living in. Choose two or three open houses in that area and make a day of it! Take a walk around the neighborhood and maybe visit a local park or coffee shop. Pick a local restaurant for a lunch break. If you don’t know where to go, talk to the agent at the open house. He or she is an expert on the area and might even guide you to a spot Google won’t tell you about!
Now it’s time to get started!
So, how do you find out about open houses? It’s easy! There’s a full list of open houses on the First Realty website that’s continuously updated! Simply visit: www.bhhsfirstrealty.com/homes/for-sale/open-homes. Once you’re there, you can search by price, location, and a plethora of other factors!