You never need to have an agent with you to attend an open house. Although if the house is listed in the MlS the listing agent or someone in their office is always present on behalf of the seller.
Wondering where you saw the list for open houses? Sometimes things happen in between listing the open and having one. They cancel them without
Notice I they have accepted an offer or maybe the seller canceled due to illness and such it happens.
If I can be of
Help let me know. There's no need to wait go to an open house you should get into them as soon as you can, even during the week. There is a shortage of inventory right now so waiting until the weekend could be too late.
In fact, one reason agents hold open houses is to meet people such as yourself, and get those people to hire them as their agents. That's not always a good idea. You should interview agents on your own and make your own decision.
However, your experience is unusual. There isn't any reason to hold an open house if the property, in fact, is not going to be open. What you might have done (if you had a cell phone) is to call the listing agents and ask where they were.
If you'd had your own agent, he or she would have been able to enter the property and show it to you, even if another agent wasn't there.
Hope that helps.
Getting an agent would open every door for you at your convenience, even ones that will never be on an open house(like most of the best buys).
An open house is most always hosted by the listing broker. If the home is not open then perhaps the open house was cancelled or the home sold. Only licensed agents can open the home or show the home if listed. If it is a for sale by owner than the homeowner would most likely be there to answer any questions. I would however, caution you from dealing directly with the sellers on for sale by owners. There is no charge for buyers working with brokers. All our work & expertise is available to buyers, we show homes, offer advice & knowledge of pricing and the local markets. A buyers broker would be working for you & your interests. When you attend an open house by a for sale by owner the seller is working for his interest and you could possibly give away valuable information that could hurt you financially in negotiations if you choose to purchase their home. It is best to work with a knowledgeable broker who is offering you local market advise & pricing
One of the nice things about attending an open house is that you enjoy the freedom to explore on your own. We often recommend that potential buyers attend open houses for the purpose of helping them to identify their future agent.
I'm sorry your information was not accurate. Many people will identify a general location on which to concentrate their efforts and take a day like Sunday to just drive around looking for open houses. You'll find that many of these events are not advertised beyond the signs guiding people to the event.
Better yet, find an agent that you are comfortable with and stick with that person. You can still go to open houses, just let the agent know that you are working with someone.