Diane Kelly - KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY / Metropolitan


If you plan to attend an open house, it usually pays to be prepared. That way, you'll know exactly which questions to ask during an open house and can ensure that you can gain the insights that you need to determine whether a residence is right for you.

Now, let's take a look at three key questions to ask a listing agent during an open house.

1. Why is this home for sale?

Although a home listing provides plenty of information about a residence, it is unlikely to explain why a homeowner is selling his or her house. Thus, you should use an open house to find out exactly why a home is for sale.

In many instances, a listing agent will be honest and forthright about why a homeowner has decided to add his or her residence to the real estate market. Once you receive an answer to your query, you can better understand whether a house matches your expectations.

On the other hand, if a listing agent hesitates or shies away from your question, you should be skeptical. At this point, you should continue to dig for more information about a residence to learn about any potential flaws.

2. Are there any home problems that I need to know about?

An open house enables you to get an up-close look at a residence. Furthermore, the event allows you to find out about a residence's pros and cons from a listing agent.

Ask a listing agent about any home problems – you'll be glad you did. The listing agent should be able to provide you with plenty of insights into a home's condition, ensuring you can make an informed decision about whether to submit an offer.

A listing agent is likely to be honest with you about any problems with a house. By doing so, this agent will reduce the risk of a homebuyer later rescinding an offer after a home inspection.

3. Have there been any offers on the house?

It is important to find out if there is any competition for a house, especially if you discover your dream residence. Thus, during an open house, you should ask a listing agent if any offers have been submitted on a residence.

If a listing agent responds "Yes" to your query, you may want to act fast to submit a competitive offer on a house. Because if you wait too long to make an offer on your dream residence, you risk losing this house to a rival homebuyer.

Lastly, if you need help getting ready for an open house, you should collaborate with a real estate agent. This housing market professional can provide deep insights into a residence before you attend an open house. Therefore, a real estate agent will help you take the guesswork out of getting the most out of any open house, at any time.

Want to optimize the value of an open house? Ask the aforementioned questions, and you can get the information that you need to fully evaluate a residence.


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Anyone who has ever gone out on a job interview or a date knows how important a good first impression is. First impressions can color the entire way we approach a person and environment. When it comes to your home, you want to create a positive setting that draws people in on first sighting.

But did you know that there are several common home staging mistakes that sellers do that actually have an opposite, polarizing effect; turning away potential buyers?  The following is a look at those common faux pas to ensure you avoid them and instead sell your home fast:

3 Common Home Staging Mistakes to Avoid

Not professionally cleaning before the stage. Regular house cleaning, even if it's the best house cleaning efforts you've ever done, may not be enough to really appeal during home staging. This is one of those situations in which you want a deep clean done by the professionals. Professional house cleaning services will ensure everything is pristine from floorboard to ceiling corner, helping both get out stains and lingering odors. This is important both because a deep clean best shows off a property and it sends a subliminal message that the house has been well-cared for and maintained.

Forgetting about storage areas (including the garage). Storage areas can be make or break spaces for your future buyers. So it's important to not neglect these areas when prepping for photographs or open houses. If necessary, consider renting a storage facility to store all of your excess clothes, blankets, Tupperware, etc. Thus, whether it's a closet or garage, make sure it's included in your list of places to prep!

Not putting away personal items. This can be a very, very hard thing for home sellers to avoid but it is important. Remember, the goal of a home staging, both in pictures and when setting up an open house, is to get potential home buyers to imagine what the home could be like if it were theirs. You want to create a neutral canvas that allows your audience to paint in the details. As such, having too many personal items and personalized decor touches can turn off potential home buyers. So pack them up and send them off to the storage unit before the cameras come out and the buyers start a'knocking. 



13 Styles Road, New Boston, NH 03070

Single-Family

$349,900
Price

6
Bedrooms
12
Rooms
2/2
Full/Half Baths
A rare opportunity to purchase a duplex in New Boston. Well maintained building set on 2.25 private acres just minutes to Rte 114 and Goffstown village. The spacious units each offer 3 bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths, large eat-in kitchen, an attached garage, plenty of closets and windows, washer/dryer hook ups, room to park 3-4 cars per unit, slider to large divided and fenced in backyards, separate propane heating system, hot water tank & electric panel. Each kitchen has a gas range, refrigerator, dishwasher & trash compactor. Vinyl siding. Roof is 7 years. Occupied unit is month/month and pays $1400 monthly. Occupied unit will be shown at 2nd showing appt with at least 24 hour notice. also listed as MF 4765512
Open House
Sunday
August 04 at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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6 Branch Londonderry W Turnpike, Bow, NH 03304

Single-Family

$359,900
Price

3
Bedrooms
9
Rooms
3
Baths
Solid, well maintained 3 bedroom, 3 bath ranch tucked away on a private 2.74 acre lot. The kitchen, dining room and living room are open and perfect for entertaining guests. The updated kitchen has red birch cabinets, corian counter tops and stainless steel appliances. The master bedroom has a private bath with jetted soaking tub, shower and double bowl vanity. 1st floor laundry room. The walkout lower level has in-law potential. The family room with daylight windows and slider has a wood stove to keep the home toasty all winter long. If you're a nature lover you'll appreciate the peaceful location, big yard, stone walls, large deck, fire pit, wildlife, and the quick access to hiking trails and snowmobile trails. The large shed has power and 30 amp electric service for an RV. Maple floors. Metal roof! 3 zone heat. Generator hook up. Original owners. Bow school system!! Minutes to Concord and highway. Easy to show, come take a tour.
Open House
Saturday
July 27 at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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Location: 6 Branch Londonderry W Turnpike, Bow, NH 03304    Get Directions





6 Branch Londonderry W Turnpike, Bow, NH 03304

Single-Family

$379,900
Price

3
Bedrooms
9
Rooms
3
Baths
Spacious 3 bedroom, 3 bath ranch tucked away on a private 2.74 acre lot. The kitchen, dining room and living room are open and perfect for entertaining guests. The updated kitchen has red birch cabinets, corian counter tops and stainless steel appliances. The master bedroom has a private bath with jetted soaking tub, shower and double bowl vanity. 1st floor laundry room. The walkout lower level has in-law potential. The family room with daylight windows and slider has a wood stove to keep the home toasty all winter long. If you're a nature lover you'll appreciate the peaceful location, big yard, stone walls, large deck, fire pit, wildlife, and the quick access to hiking trails and snowmobile trails. The large shed has power and 30 amp electric service for an RV. Maple floors. Metal roof! 3 zone heat. Generator hook up. Original owners. Bow school system!! Minutes to Concord and highway. Easy to show, come take a tour.
Open House
Sunday
May 19 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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Location: 6 Branch Londonderry W Turnpike, Bow, NH 03304    Get Directions






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