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Tips For Attending Open Houses In Florida

by Robert & Nancy Lindeman 12/05/2018

There are plenty of ways that you can search for Florida homes with today’s technology. Most buyers will start their search online. What’s easier than sitting by the pool, looking for a home on your mobile device? Unfortunately, that’s just the beginning of the home buying process. Not many people would venture to buy a home sight unseen. That’s why home showings and open houses are so important. Sellers use the open house as a way to get potential buyers through the door and interested in the home for sale. As a buyer in Florida, just how can you make the most of an open house? Read on for some valuable tips.

Hire A Realtor So You Can Have Private Showings

If you’re looking for a home on your own, you’ll miss out on some of the perks of having a real estate agent by your side throughout the process of buying a home. It’s really a no brainer to get a realtor since as a buyer, it very rarely costs you anything out of pocket to receive such valuable help. A realtor can coordinate with sellers’ agents to schedule private home showings for you. Going to private showings gives you an advantage over simply attending open houses. You’ll have more time to look at the property intimately and will be able to have the opportunity to come up with more questions and envision yourself in the home. At an open house when many other people are interested in the home it can be difficult to have that time and space to think. While you may attend the open house for a second look at the home, a private showing will give you the upper hand to see if you’re serious about making an offer on the property.       

Timing Is Everything

When it comes to open houses, you need to be a master at timing. First, if you get to the open house at the start of it, you’ll have more time to walk around and ask the seller’s agent a lot of questions. Second, you may want to take advantage of those open houses that occur during off peak times like the weekdays. The less competition that you have at an open house, the more of a chance you’ll have to decide if you want to get an offer in and be a  serious contender to get the home of your dreams, especially in the hot Florida real estate market.

Look Beyond The Open House

While the home you’re living in is important, you also want to take note of the community you’ll be living in as well. When attending open houses in Florida, plan to spend a little time in the neighborhood. Check out local parks, shops, restaurants, and see what’s happening in the neighborhood. This will give you a feel for where you’ll be living in the future should you choose to put an offer in on he house and it gets accepted.      

About the Author

Robert & Nancy Lindeman

Robert and Nancy Lindeman have over 25 years of experience in residential and commercial real estate transactions, and have been top producers for many years.

They pride themselves on providing a highly individualized approach to each client's needs, including a strong presence on the Internet. Weekly blogs about the Sarasota Lifestyle provide a wealth of information to their clients. Social networking has enhanced their marketing efforts and has resulted in a new source of buyers and sellers.

They are currently living the Downtown Sarasota Lifestyle and have sold many downtown condominiums as well as properties on Longboat Key, Lido Key, Siesta Key, St. Armands Key, Bird Key, in many golf course communities, and in the greater Sarasota/Bradenton area.


Our experience with Bob and Nancy has been great. They are both SRQ "realty savvy" and a really nice couple, who genuinely care about your situation and interests

Guy & Nancy,

Nancy and Bob Lindeman have been friends and realtors for over the past 14 years during which time we have purchased three and sold four properties, they have been very professional and responsive throughout the period. We wouldn't use anyone else in Sarasota market

George and Charlotte,

Julie and I wanted to drop you this note to express our appreciation to you for your wonderful help and support with the purchase and sale of our old home. It was great to have your support in planning the sale and then in taking care of those pesky things that need to be taken care of to satisfy the buyer. The guidance you gave during the purchase of our condo at the Vue, helped to make us comfortable. You helped make our dreams come true.

Many Thanks, Julie and Richard,

Bob and Nancy Lindeman were fantastic to work with when selling our condo. They are a team and communication during the selling process was excellent. Nancy and Bob prepared brochures and a video tour of our condo that displayed it in the most attractive way. what was most impressive was the manner in which the internet listing was devised! Any search for a condo in downtown Sarasota would produce our condo in the results and it was most likely to first item. Many thanks for the creativity and work that Bob and Nancy put into a sale

Lynne and Marvin,