Have you ever attended an "Open House" advertised in your area or in a community you like? Most people have. Even if you're not serious about moving, viewing a few properties in a neighbourhood you like is a great way to get a sense of the market. Who knows? You might stumble upon your next dream home! To get the most out of an open house, follow these guidelines:
• Most open houses will have a handout available containing the list price and other property information. Be sure to keep a copy.
• Don't just view the rooms. Explore the entire property, including the backyard.
• Don't be shy about asking the listing agent (or whoever is hosting the open house) questions about the property.
• Ask about the area. Are there schools nearby?…