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Open House Tips for Buyers in Irvine, CA

What to Ask During an Open House

It is easy to get overwhelmed by all of the information that is provided during an open house. In addition to thoroughly checking out a house for sale in Irvine, buyers can directly talk to the selling agent about the property. If you are going to an open house, consider asking the Irvine real estate agent these questions.

1. Has the Price Changed Since It Was First Listed?

Learning about the different amounts a seller has asked for gives you clues about the amount a seller is willing to take. A sudden drop in prices can often indicate that the seller is in a hurry to move and will be more willing to speed up the buying process.

2. When Was the House Last Renovated?

You can easily see new updates such as paint or flooring, but the parts of the house that you do not see are the most important. Make sure that things like the roofing, wiring, and plumbing are not too old.

3. How Much Are Utilities?

If you can check out recent utility bills for the home, you can get an idea of whether or not a huge increase in utility bills may be a part of your budget. Small items such as a nearby tree or insulation levels can make a big difference in the cost of utilities.

4. What Is the Neighborhood Like?

An open house is a great opportunity to get more information about what it will be like to live in the area. A map of the area might not tell you as much about potential neighbors, good restaurants, and noise levels.

5. Why Are the Sellers Moving?

It is unlikely that the seller will be upfront about any huge issues that are driving them away from the property, but you can still learn a lot just by asking. Be on your guard for any hesitation or sketchy excuses.

If you’re thinking of buying a home, align yourself with an experienced agent who can attend open houses with you. In addition to showing you Irvine homes for sale, your agent will be able to ask detailed questions that will help you get a better feel for a potential home.

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