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After finally saving up enough money to use as a down payment, I decided that it was time to hit the market. I met with a lender, got pre-approved for a loan, and then started visiting different properties. However, I quickly realized that I didn't know as much about real estate as I would have hoped. I wanted to find a great neighborhood and know what to ask the professionals, but I could tell that I needed a little help. To point me in the right direction, I started working with a great real estate agent who was familiar with the area. This blog is all about educating the general public on real estate matters.


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The Dos and Don'ts of Seeing a Home for Sale

by Nathan Olson

Going to see homes for sale, like many activities in life, comes with its own set of etiquette rules and guidelines. However, learning these guidelines can come with a bit of a learning curve, especially considering most people only house hunt a few times in their life. Take a look at the dos and don'ts below, and you will be on the right track as you visit and look at homes for sale.

Do: Let your real estate agent set up the appointments.

Don't call up the seller or the seller's real estate agent yourself. You should instead let your real estate agent know that you're interested in a certain home. They will communicate with the seller's agent and give you a list of times when it is possible to go see the home. Although legal and technically acceptable, it's not polite to go to see a home for sale on your own without an agent there to represent you.

Don't: Bring kids unless you have cleared it with your agent.

Understandably, you would want your kids to see a house before you buy it. However, it's a good idea to go see the home for the first time yourself, without kids. This will allow you to pay closer attention to what you are seeing. You can bring your kids along for a second visit if you think you might be interested in the house but absolutely tell your agent beforehand. The sellers may want to put certain things away, knowing that kids will be in the home. Your agent may also need to make room in their vehicle for an extra passenger.

Do: Take off your shoes and treat the place like someone's home.

Regardless of what the floor looks like and what condition the home is in, take your shoes off at the door. Only touch what you need to touch, and treat the home as though it is someone else's home that you're visiting — because it is!

Don't: Say anything negative about the home while touring it.

You're sure to have negative thoughts about some homes. But don't let them come out of your mouth while you're in the presence of the seller or the seller's agent. Not only can this be disheartening for the seller to hear about what you think is wrong with their home, but it can also make them feel as though you are trying to talk them down or negotiate the final offer, which is your agent's job. You can let your agent know what you did not like about a home, but do it later when it's just the two of you.

If you adhere to the tips and guidelines above, you should feel more comfortable and make others feel more comfortable when visiting homes for sale. Contact home selling agents to learn more.