Top 5 Reali Tips for Touring a Home

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• What to Look for on a Home Tour During Showings & Open Houses •

Some people love checking out open houses and touring homes. Others hate it so much they can’t even watch “House Hunters” on HGTV without getting stressed.

Whichever camp you fall in, we’ve rounded up some pro tips to prepare you for the big home tour.

Here are Reali’s top five most helpful tips for touring a home:

Tip #1: Explore the Neighborhood

What’s your ideal neighborhood? A lot of home buyers don’t stop to ask themselves this question. They’re so focused on finding the perfect home that they forget to take a hard look at the neighborhood surrounding it.

But researching a potential neighborhood before you even schedule a home visit is a great idea. You can get to know the area independent of the home because both are important. Don’t just rely on Google. Get out there and do some onthe-ground investigating. Once you’re there, ask yourself some hard-hitting questions like:

  • Can you see yourself living in this neighborhood?
  • What does it look like after the sun goes down?
  • Can I walk my dog nearby?
  • How long (or short) will my commute to work be?
  • If you have kids, where would they go to school?

If walkability is important or you’re big on public transit, do some research on what train or bus stations are nearby.

If you’re a foodie, what restaurant options are there to choose from? And will they deliver? You get the idea.

Tip #2: Create a Checklist

You know the saying: Never grocery shop while you’re hungry.

Well, the Reali team has a similar saying when it comes to home shopping: Don’t visit a home without your checklist. A list will help you keep your priorities straight.

What should you add to your checklist? Everything you’re looking for in a home from the square footage you desire, the number of bedrooms, even the number of parking spots you need. You should have must-haves but keep an open mind. The list should be realistic and help you narrow your search — and not make it more difficult to find a home.

Tip #3: Find the Opportunity

Truth: It’s sometimes hard to unsee someone else’s furniture in a space. But dig deep.

House hunting is all about the hunt. And that means you’ll sometimes have to look beyond the vertical blinds or carpet when all you want is hardwood flooring and plantation shutters.

Also, resist the urge to take your own photos during the tour. The listing agent will have photos available for you to reference again later. It’s important to be as present as possible during the tour so you can take it all in.

Tip #4: Imagine the Space

Ask your Reali Agent for some advice. They’ve worked with hundreds of buyers and will help you think about ways you can utilize a space.

Tip #5: Ask Questions

Remember that checklist? Now’s the time to make sure all your questions get answered in detail. A home is a significant investment, so don’t be shy. If you think you’re ready to make your move and place an offer, there’s even more reason to ask all your questions now.

Which is all to say: there is no right or wrong way to tour a home. A home may seem like a great fit on paper, but once you’re inside, you just know it’s not the one. If so, keep up the search.

Found the home of your dreams and ready to take a tour? Reach out and schedule a tour. 

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Portia Green, REALTOR®

Portia Green is a highly experienced full-time REALTOR® specializing in the representation of Sellers, heralded by her clients as data-driven and an effective negotiator. Producing $25M total in residential sales volume, Portia's goal is to help her clients achieve the best results when selling their homes and to make their experience an enjoyable one. She has successfully sold real estate since 2008 and has gained an in-depth knowledge of local real estate markets & seasonal trends. Portia has achieved a 100% customer satisfaction rating and wants to share her expertise & personal service with you in the sale of your home. When listing your home with Portia Green and Compass, you'll receive the hands-on service you need and desire. Portia will help you manage the entire process of selling your home from pricing, preparing and staging the house, to marketing, negotiating offers, inspections, all the way to closing. She will recommend skilled vendors for any job needed, personally host Open Houses, and ensure that all showings are accompanied. At Compass, Portia offers a wise no-nonsense way to sell your home for the best price and the least hassle. With a keen eye for staging & preparing listings to maximize Buyer appeal, all of Portia Green's listings are professionally photographed using HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography to provide the highest quality photos in the industry. Professionally printed marketing materials are prepared for all Open Houses. We also capture a 3D scan of your home that creates an interactive walkthrough online along with a custom-designed floor plan and targeted digital marketing campaigns on Google & the most popular social media channels. Compass participates in the Multiple Listing Service, which is the local real estate database of homes listed for sale that all REALTORS® use in helping their Buyers find houses. Your home will appear on every real estate website, in its best light, making a stunning camera-ready debut. Portia Green's home valuation expertise and extensive experience in comparative market analysis will help price your home accurately. She has refined her skills to help you pinpoint which features of your home will result in more showings and better results. Her mantra is for you to be ready to sell your home and feel good about that first. Portia knows that home inspectors always find a problem; that drones take some of the best photos in town; and that her eyebrows will grow to the floor in the time it takes her to read everything that's happening with your HOA, but that doesn't mean she won't do it anyway. Eyebrows be damned. You'll always need a place to unplug, connect, dream, grow, or just be yourself. That makes what Portia does even more meaningful. She’s ready to go the extra mile to help you find just the place. Whether you're selling your very first home, offloading an investment property, or want a vacation getaway with passive income, she is attentive to the details of every home sale. Portia helps busy people navigate this crazy real estate market like a pro, so don't be shy. Every great relationship starts with free advice and a friendly chat. Ask as many questions as you need to. Selling houses is her jam!