By Katie Wainman | June 23, 2020
If you are thinking about buying a home, going to open houses is a great way to get a feel for the local real estate market. For many first-time homebuyers, finding open houses can seem like an unwanted stress. In reality, the process is actually pretty easy! Take a look at these four simple ways to find open houses near you.
1. Browse the web
Technology has been a saving grace for the real estate industry. In today's age, you can easily search for open houses on any major real estate website, including our own here at Crye-Leike. By visiting https://www.crye-leike.com/has-open-houses, you can search for available open houses throughout the Mid-South and apply filters to fit your home-search requirements.
2. Social media
Using social media can be a great way to find open houses in your area. For example, if you are on Instagram or Facebook and search #openhouse followed by the city you are looking to move to, you will find hundreds of posts from real estate agents with open houses in that area. It is also a good idea to browse individual real estate agents' social media pages. Many agents will post listings, open houses, just sold homes and much more on their social media.
3. Take a stroll through the neighborhood
If you are not super interested in searching through social media or websites, you can always try finding open houses the good ole' fashion way - by driving through a neighborhood and keeping an eye out for that "open house" sign. This works best if you have your heart set on a specific neighborhood already. If you do not seem to find any open houses, but you see that a home is for sale, then you can use the tips above to find out if there will be an open house in the near future.
4. Rely on your agent
If you are serious about house hunting, hopefully you have already chosen a trusted Realtor to help you. Let them do their job and find open houses for you! The agent you choose should be considered an "expert" in the neighborhood you are looking at. This means they will be able to find compatible open houses and avoid ones that will be a waste of your time. You definitely do not have to go through this process alone.
Looking for more advice during the buying/selling process? Visit www.crye-leike.com/blogs for more real estate tips and tricks!
ABOUT CRYE-LEIKE: Crye-Leike Real Estate Services (www.crye-leike.com), a full service real estate company for over 40 years, is ranked as the third largest independently owned real estate firm in the nation and the largest serving Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and the Mid-South. Crye-Leike has more than 3,200 sales associates, over 800 employees and 140+ company-owned and franchise offices spread across nine states. It generated $6.5 billion in sales volume and 29,925 closed transaction sides corporate wide in 2019 - its biggest year ever - and is on track to achieve the company's goal of $6.8 billion in sales volume this year.