8 things you should not say at an ocean edge open house

Honesty is always the best policy, unless you’re a home buyer at an Ocean Edge open house. It is always a good idea to be honest and forthcoming with your real estate agent, but you might want to hold your tongue when dealing with the seller’s listing agent! Your real estate agent is obligated to you, and the listing agent is obligated to their client, the seller. Ocean Edge is a great place to buy, just check out our blog “5 Reasons to Buy a Condo at Ocean Edge.” Before you walk into that Ocean Edge open house, take a look at these 8 things you should not say at an open house to make sure you put your best foot forward, and not right into your mouth instead.

“I can spend $….”

Before you go to an open house, you should have an idea of what your budget is to spend on a home and what you can afford. It is a good idea to get a pre-approval letter from the bank so that when you find your dream home, it is easy to secure financing for that home. Your real estate agent should have an idea of what you can spend, but the seller’s real estate agent doesn’t need to know how much money you have in your purse to work with. Letting the seller know what you can spend on a home could hurt your ability to negotiate the price later if you decide to buy the condo. When calculating your budget, remember to keep in mind the money you need to come up with at closing. Find out about these closing costs in our blog, “Hidden Costs of Buying a Home.”

“This is the Ocean Edge condo of my dreams!”

Buying a home is an emotional experience. It is not just a financial transaction, it is deciding on where you’re going to spend your time and possibly have a family. It is important that when you are looking at the Ocean Edge open house, you contain your excitement for the condo even if you feel that this is the one you want to buy. It is perfectly acceptable to express to your real estate agent your desire to purchase the condo, but you do not want to let the seller’s agent know that you love the unit so much. This will give the seller the upper hand, and could hurt your price negotiations. If the seller’s agent knows how emotionally attached you are to the home, they will be less likely to lower the price because they know that you are already planning room colors for the different bedrooms in your mind.

ocean edge condo of my dreams

“That dining table set is tacky!”

Just as your mother has told you before, if you do not have anything nice to say, do not say anything at all. Insulting the taste of the seller to the seller or the seller’s agent at the Ocean Edge open house will not get you any extra points when you submit an offer. If the seller has different taste than you do, it does not impact the property and is not worth mentioning. However, comments such as those might impact you if you are interested in purchasing the property. Negative comments about the decor could be taken personally and you could automatically be taken out of consideration if multiple offers come in for the condo at Ocean Edge. Sounds childish, but it is their choice and it has happened.

“I can’t wait to get rid of that!”

This is the same as commenting on how hideous a person’s taste in furniture is, you should keep the negative comments to yourself. Keep in mind this is someone’s home. You might not think that the owner is there, but some owners want to be present at their open houses, and linger trying to fit in as a potential buyer. Remember that this is someone’s home where they have built memories, and keep the negative comments to yourself. The owner could easily reject your offer or up their price if you do decide to make an offer purely because they were offended by your comments.

i can't wait to get rid of that

“I will give you (a really low offer)…”

Offering a low ball offer as a buyer could backfire. The home owners have the right to flat out refuse any offer, without countering. If the home owner refuses, you are out of the running. If you are working with a real estate agent, trust their judgement when it comes to offering a price that the owner would find fair and still consider a good deal for you. You want to make an offer that is either perfectly acceptable for the owner or a good place to start price negotiations. Do you have the right real estate agent? Find out by reading our blog, “5 Reasons to Be Thankful for a Great Real Estate Agent.”

“Why sell this Ocean Edge condominium?”

The condo you are looking at might seem like a dream come true, and you couldn’t imagine why the seller would want to part with the property, but under no circumstance should you ask why they are selling at the Ocean Edge open house. You might be curious, but you are likely opening up a can of worms which will make the sellers uncomfortable. The reasons for selling the property could be extremely personal and embarrassing for the owner, making them feel uncomfortable. The seller is obligated to disclose any issues that they are aware of to their real estate agent who is obligated to tell potential buyers. So if you’re worried that the condo is being sold due to a defect or structural issue with the home, it would be disclosed to you.

why sell this ocean edge condominium

“You’ll never sell at this price”

The more houses you look at, the more of an idea you get about what homes are worth. It’s easy to feel like an expert once you have been to an open house or ten. However, not all houses are priced the same. Village location, layout, improvements, etc impact the price of a home. The seller’s real estate agent took all of this into account and came up with a price for the condo for a reason. Maybe they left room for negotiations, but if you are interested, discuss price with your real estate agent. Negative comments regarding the price at the open house will not help you buy the unit. Trust your real estate agent to help you come up with a reasonable offer for the property so no feelings are hurt, which could ultimately hurt your chances to buy the Ocean Ege condo.

“What Do You Think of Living Here?”

Quizzing the neighbors about the neighborhood is not the kind of first impression you want to make at the open house if you’re thinking of buying the property. It’s natural to want to get an idea of what it’s like to live in the home you’re thinking of purchasing, but don’t come off as a pest to a neighbor you’re going to have to live next to for a period of time. If the neighbors seem friendly and initiate a conversation, it is totally acceptable to casually ask, but keep in mind that everyone is different. What one person sees as a great aspect of a neighborhood might completely turn you off. Take a look around and research the area yourself to get an idea as to whether it is a good fit or not.

Things You Should Not Say at an Ocean Edge Open House

When you’re attending an open house at Ocean Edge, it is important to keep in mind the things you should not say at an open house. It is always best to keep your opinions to yourself whether you love the place and want to make it your own, or if you really do not care for the property. Negative comments will not help you purchase the property, which is ultimately what you want to do. Contact our team at Leighton Realty to help you with the purchase of your Ocean Edge condo. Michael Leighton has been the #1 Agent at Ocean Edge since 2004 and the #1 Agent in the town of Brewster since 2007. Contact us today and let us help you find your dream condo at Ocean Edge.

Top 7 Open House Mistakes Sellers Make

As a seller, you may be puzzled by the title of this blog “Top 7 Open House Mistakes SELLERS Make”?! Isn’t the real estate agent responsible for what happens at the Open House? The answer is yes, however your real estate agent is not a magician. There are things that sellers do that make it difficult for even the most seasoned agent to sell their home. Do yourself and your agent a favor and before you walk out that door to let your agent host your Open House, make sure you haven’t committed any of these real estate sins.

Stay for the Open House

Never should you ever stay for the Open House if you want to sell your home. This is the cardinal sin as far as Open House mistakes goes. Selling your home is an emotional experience, and sometimes when a homeowner overhears criticism regarding their home it can be difficult. Your real estate agent is there to represent your property, let them do their job. Once the Open House is finished, they will update you on what happened during the Open House and present you with any offers they received. There is no reason whatsoever for a home owner to be present for their Open House. Having the owner at the Open House is distracting for your real estate agent, who should instead be focused on interacting with the potential buyers and trying to bring in offers for you.

Leave Fido at Home

We love our pets, and treat them as members of our family. However, at an Open House they are distracting and sometimes scary for potential buyers. Typically, you would have to keep your pets separate from the people walking your home, which blocks off an area of your home for potential buyers to see. Even if you have a baby gate so they could peek, who knows how your pet will react. The last thing you want is for someone to see your pet have an accident on your floor because they are over excited. It is always better when conducting an Open House to bring your pets to a friend or family member’s house. This gives home buyers the chance to walk freely through your house.

Leave Fido at Home

Ignoring Second Opinion

One of the Open House mistakes that many people don’t consider is the importance of having a second opinion of your home’s condition right before the Open House. If you have an opinionated neighbor or mother-in-law, put their pushy opinion to good use. A blunt second opinion could flag you to an issue you had not noticed such as a smell you’ve become used to or staging issue that makes your home unappealing. It is important to take this criticism lightly because remember, you are trying to sell your house. It is not a personal attack. Their insight will ultimately help you make your home more appealing to more people.

Your Home’s First Impression

Your front yard is your first impression for the potential home buyers coming to your open house. Yard waste and a dirty exterior could turn these buyers away before they reach your front door. Besides yard debris being an eyesore, it could also be dangerous for the people walking through your yard. Unclog the gutters, power wash any mold or mildew on your shingles, and clean your windows to make your property appear fresh. For more landscaping tips for selling your home, check out our blog “5 Easy Spring Landscaping Tips.”

Cleaning By Yourself

To save money, many homeowners clean their own home to prepare for an Open House. However, when you think about how much buying a house costs, you understand why someone walking into your Open House expects it to be spotless. Spending the money on a professional cleaning service is something that you should really consider to make your home stand out. A professional cleaner can remove odors and stains that may have been there for years that you have become accustomed to, and clean areas that you might miss (such as baseboards and switch plates). Check out our blog, “5 Household Chores You Should Consider Outsourcing,” to see where you could save yourself time and effort by letting a professional help you.

Cleaning By Yourself

Personal Items Out

It is important to remove any personal pictures, religious items, political items and of course drugs when preparing for an Open House. When a person walks into your home during an Open House, they need to be able to imagine their family living there, not see yours that is currently living there. You never know who is walking through your home, so medicine cabinets should be cleared of any prescriptions before you leave. Religious or political items could turn some buyers off, and you don’t want conflicting views that have nothing to do with your home keeping a buyer away. Medical equipment such as a walker could signal to a buyer that you are unable to care for your home, causing them to underbid you. It is best to keep these personal items out of sight so your home is a blank space with no indication of who you are as a person.

Ignore Kitchen Chores

You would be surprised at the number of people who ignore their kitchen duties when preparing for their Open House. Dirty dishes in the sink and messy counters are a big turn off for buyers, as the kitchen tends to be a big selling point for a home. Ideally, you would clear out your dishwasher and make sure your refrigerator are clean when showing your home because buyers tend to like to see the inside when investigating the kitchen. Small kitchen appliances should be put away in cabinets and taken off of the counters. You want to highlight for potential buyers the amount of counter space in the kitchen, so it should not appear cluttered.

How Can You Avoid Open House Mistakes?

It is difficult to avoid all Open House mistakes, but if you follow this guide, it will give your Open House a better chance of succeeding. Your real estate agent can only do so much, so if you set them up to succeed, they can focus on the potential buyer and bringing in the offers. The professionals at Leighton Realty have a proven track record at Ocean Edge. Michael Leighton has been the #1 Sales Agent for Ocean Edge since 2004. When selling your home, it is important you use an expert in your area. Contact us today.