Be Safe: Precautions to Take When Showing Your Home
Don’t discriminate! Treat every prospective buyer the same, regardless of race, color,
religion, sex, handicap, family status, or national origin. Discrimination is against the law!
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Open houses are a traditional way of showing a house to prospective purchasers.
Basically, you put up a sign and/or run an advertisement and invite people into
your house to look around. They are usually held in the afternoon on Saturday or
Sunday. As popular as open houses are, few homes are actually sold through an open
house. They tend to be a vehicle for real estate agents to pick up new buyers as
clients and to show the owner of the house that they are working on their behalf.
Many by owner sellers choose not to hold open houses because the chance of attracting
that one interested buyer is very low. Generally, open houses attract lookers and
neighbors. Nonetheless, open houses are a means of exposing the house, so if you
decide to hold them, here are some basic rules of thumb.
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