Boston Real Estate with Tracy


Let's face it – hosting an open house may seem like a major hassle. Cleaning a home and getting it ready for an open house could prove to be costly and time-consuming. Plus, despite your best efforts to prep for an open house, there are no guarantees that the event ultimately will help you sell your residence.

Although hosting an open house initially may seem difficult, the advantages of holding an open house generally outweigh the disadvantages. In fact, there are many reasons why you should host an open house, and these include:

1. You can gain a competitive edge.

The real estate market is fierce, especially for sellers who are competing against one another for buyers' attention. Fortunately, an open house can help you gain an advantage over the home selling competition, as it enables you to show off your residence to large groups of potential buyers in a short period of time.

When it comes to selling a home, it helps to explore any competitive advantage that you can get. And if you host an open house, you may boost your chances of differentiating your home from the competition and generating lots of interest in your residence.

2. You can make it easy for buyers to picture what life would be like if they purchase your home.

A detailed home listing can make a world of difference for buyers. Yet a home listing alone probably won't drive buyers to instantly submit an offer to purchase your residence. Thankfully, an open house provides buyers with a stress-free opportunity to check out your house and determine whether to proceed with an offer.

Of course, during an open house, buyers can picture what it would be like if they own your residence. And if buyers like what they see, it may be only a matter of time before you finalize a home sale following an open house.

3. You can increase the likelihood of a fast, profitable home sale.

As a seller, you should strive to promote your residence to as many potential buyers as possible. With an open house, you'll be able to do just that.

An open house makes it simple to showcase your residence to dozens of prospective buyers at the same time. Meanwhile, the event empowers buyers to learn about your residence and gain deep insights into the condition of your house. And if a buyer is impressed with your residence after an open house, the likelihood increases that an offer could come your way soon that leads to a fast, profitable home sale.

As you try to sell your house, you may want to hire a real estate agent too. A real estate agent knows the ins and outs of selling homes and can teach you everything you need to know about how to host a successful open house. Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent can help you achieve the optimal results at each stage of the home selling journey.


As you go on the house hunt, you’re likely to attend many different open houses. After awhile you can get confused as to what you have seen and where you saw it. Each open house or home showing is only a short window of time. As a buyer, you’re trying to get the feel for a house. Being an observant home shopper can help you to avoid a lot of problems down the road. Check out some of the biggest red flags that you need to look out for when you attend an open house.


The Candles Are Burning Bright


You walk into an open house and see a lovely candle lit on the kitchen table. While it may make you feel all warm and fuzzy, it’s not always a good sign. Candles are a great way to mask odors. There could possibly be a musty odor coming from the sink, the basement, or another part of the house. This spells hidden damage and possible danger for you as a homebuyer. While the home inspection should pick up on things like this, you don’t necessarily want to get that far in the process. The art of masking odors could be a sign that the sellers are trying to hide something.


Be Your Own Inspector


As you walk through the home do you notice squeaky floor boards, cracks in the walls, cracks in the ceilings, or a drippy faucet? Maybe you see some patches on the walls or mirrors and paintings that seem out of place? These are all issues that could be signs of a greater problem. Keep in mind that no house is perfect, but you should do a little investigating on your own while walking through the house at showings.


The Home Doesn’t Appear Cared For


Curb appeal is one thing, but a home that looks unkept is a sign of a larger problem for you. Has the lawn been mowed? Is the fence in disrepair? How does the home appear from the outside at first glance? There are plenty of ways that you can fix up a home to make it your own once you buy it, but the question is just how much of a challenge are you up for? There is always a chance that you’ll have large maintenance costs when a home hasn’t been properly maintained by the previous owners.


Searching for homes and going to open houses can be fun. It can also be an educational experience to help you narrow down what you’re looking for and what you can handle as a homeowner.            




16 Waltham St, Watertown, MA 02472

Waverly

Single-Family

$420,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Exceptional opportunity awaits! This could be your next profitable flip or an opportunity to make this your ideal home. Center entrance home w/ 7 rooms, 3 bedrooms 1 bath plus family room. Located just a block from the Charles River walk/bike path and just minutes to Watertown Square. First floor has the ability to be opened up to sport a modern day layout. Space on second floor to create a master and additional bath. One car garage and nice side yard. Seller to construct wooden fence along the rear of the property. Deferred maintenance but worth the effort. Buyer to do due diligence. Priced for immediate sale.. to avoid future regrets quick action will be required. Being sold in "as is condition" Public open house Sunday from 11:30-1:00. Offers due Monday by 5:00 PM.
Open House
Sunday
April 28 at 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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Location: 16 Waltham St, Watertown, MA 02472    Get Directions





16 Waltham St, Watertown, MA 02472

Waverly

Single-Family

$420,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Exceptional opportunity awaits! This could be your next profitable flip. Center entrance home w/ 7 rooms, 3 bedrooms 1 bath plus family room. Located just a block from the Charles River walk/bike path and just minutes to Watertown Square. First floor could be opened up to sport a current open layout. Space on second floor to create a master with an en suite bath. One car garage and nice side yard. Seller to construct wooden fence along the rear of the property. Deferred maintenance but worth the effort. Priced for immediate sale.. to avoid future regrets quick action will be required. Being sold in "as is condition" Public open house Saturday from 11:30 -12:30 Sunday from 1:00-2:00. Offers due Monday by 5:00 PM.
Open House
Saturday
April 20 at 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
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Location: 16 Waltham St, Watertown, MA 02472    Get Directions





218-222 Lowell Ave, Newton, MA 02460

Multi-Family

$2,100,000
Price

3
Units
5,728
Approx. GLA
Outstanding opportunity for an owner occupant or investor.. Newtonville is soon to be one of the most dynamic villages in Newton and you can take advantage of the increasing property values. This Victorian 3 family boasts 11 bedrooms, 7.5 baths, 8 parking spots including a two car garage, washer /dryer, basement storage and a beautifully landscaped 10,470 square foot lot with generous backyard. The newly renovated first floor apartment features 4 beds and 2.5 baths, a large eat in kit with granite counters and formal living room with gas fireplaces and a large room can be family room or formal dining with one wood burning fireplace. Central heat and A/C ,Large back yard deck and connected lower level in law apartment. The second floor apartment has a fantastic layout and features 4 beds and 2 baths, spacious eat in kit, living room and two decks. The newly renovated third floor apartment features 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, Granite and stainless steel kit, living room, central A/C.
Open House
Saturday
December 01 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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Location: 218-222 Lowell Ave, Newton, MA 02460    Get Directions






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