Here are some general tips for buyers visiting open houses:
Sign in: Some agents will ask visitors to sign in and provide an e-mail or phone number upon entry. While this may feel a little intrusive, it has more to do with security than an agent's self-promotion. If you don't want the agent to contact you, simply indicate that you are already working with a buyer's agent.
Agency: The showing agent generally represents either the seller or the builder/developer. Always be upfront with the showing agent about any buyer agency agreements you may have.
Get the lowdown: Come prepared with questions for the showing representative, such as:
- How long has the home been on the market?
- Has the owner received/rejected offers (and why)?
- What are the owner's reasons for selling?
- What furniture or fixtures are included?
- Are there any special or unusual costs of ownership?
Check out the neighborhood: You've come all the way out to view the property; take the time to see the surrounding area, have lunch at a local spot.
Smile: Some buyers feel a skeptical attitude, worried they will encounter overbearing showing agents. While some agents get caught up in excessive salesmanship, most simply want to answer your questions and point out the property's strong points.
For more information on the open houses this weekend, click on the pictures here and a full menu of details will pop up. Or scan through the list below.
8 Fowler Ave., Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567
List Price: $400,000
Living Area: 2800 sq. ft. / Lot Size: 0.937acres
Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 2.1
Estimated Tax, not including STAR: $12000
School District: Lakeland (Panas)
Listing Agent: Denise Kurz Patricia Schiller Real Estate 914-490-9823
Date & Time: Saturday, May 7, 1-3 p.m.
Directions: Gallows Hill to right at light on Hillside stay left on Fowler
425 Highridge Ct #425, Peekskill, NY 10566 (Riverbend)
List Price: $348,000
Living Area: 1264 sq. ft.
Bedrooms: 2 Baths: 2.1
Estimated Tax, not including STAR: $4271
School District: Peekskill
Listing Agent: Richard Arias Home Finders Real Estate 914-747-3535
Date & Time: Saturday, May 7, noon-3 p.m.
Directions: Rt. 9/Louisa St. to South St., go right, then right into complex, first right on High Ridge Court
113 Waterside Close #113, Peekskill, NY 10566 (Riverbend)
List Price: $305,000
Living Area: 1100 sq. ft.
Bedrooms: 1 Baths: 2.1
Estimated Tax, not including STAR: $5460
School District: Peekskill
Listing Agent: Mary Daddazio Houlihan Lawrence 914-762-7200
Date & Time: Saturday, May 7, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Directions: Rt. 9 N to Louisa St. exit, left under bridge, 1st light turn right, complex on left up the hill.