Visiting an open house can help you, as a potential home buyer, find the home of your dreams and have a chance to ask the current owners important questions about the house, its history, and its construction. To make the most out of your open house experience, it’s important to have your questions ready and consider writing the questions and answers down so that you have them to reference later as you make your decision.
We’ve gathered important questions for people looking at homes for sale in Bucks County, PA. When you’re ready to get started, the talented group of realtors at The Joseph Bograd Real Estate Team can help you find you forever home.
Why are you selling your house?
Sometimes this can be a personal question, but gaining insight into why sellers are moving can help you gauge how motivated they are to sell. For example, moving for a job or because of a divorce or death in the family may give sellers a greater sense of urgency, and that can translate into sellers more willing to accept lower offers.
Has the house been on the market long?
This may be a better question for your real estate agent, but understanding how long a home has been on the market can help with your decision. Good houses in great locations sell fast, so if the house has been on the market for a long time, it can indicate a reason behind it. Or, it may mean that the seller has priced the house too high and may be unwilling to accept a lower offer.
Do you have any other offers for the house?
This can help you determine how close the sellers are to a final decision and may indicate whether you’ll have to participate in a “bidding war,” increasing your initial offer. If you know you’re competing against multiple offers, you can make a stronger offer or even write a letter to the sellers explaining why they should choose you.
Ask to look at the Seller’s Property Disclosure
Sellers are legally required to fill out a seller’s property disclosure, detailing all of the home’s systems, such as plumbing, electrical, and heating and cooling, outlining the age of each, any major upgrades or renovations, and any problems that the seller is aware of. Your real estate agent will also be able to get you a copy. This can help with your offer, as a seller may be willing to take less if several systems need repairs or upgrades.
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