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Deedavis45, Home Buyer in Downers Grove, IL

Do I need a agent to attend a open house?

Asked by Deedavis45, Downers Grove, IL Sun Mar 3, 2013

I viewed several listings in Lombard, IL on your website, that had open house between 1-4. Since I do not have an agent yet, I went to the open house on my own but couldn't get into the properties. No one was present and there was a lock box on the door.

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Hi Dee
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.
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To all those who replied:
Thank you for your reply. I had the correct date & times, two of the properties had the open house signs outside. I will do as u all suggested & secure an agent by securing an agent. Thank you
Flag Sun Mar 3, 2013
You do not need an agent to visit an open house. if you showed up and there was no agent present the open house was probably cancelled. In this market it probably sold before the open house. You should have someone looking for you so that you don't miss out on any other homes.
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No. You don't need an agent to attend an open house.

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.
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Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Fairfax, VA
you should not need an agent to attend an open house, but if you are working with one you should make this clear to the agent hosting the open site when you do go. In your case it sounds as if these homes went under contract and the listing agent may have failed to update their open house notice. You may want to try checking for open houses either on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning so that you get the most accurate info regarding the status of the property.
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They must have sold right before you got there and after they were posted as an open.
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).
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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
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 16, 2013
You can attend an open house without an agent. It's always a good practice to let the hosting agent of the Open House know if you are already being represented by another agent though.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 13, 2013
You do not need an agent to view open houses but sure should have a buyer agent to assist you in buying. A good agent will guide you through each steo of the buying process. They will not only help you find homes to see and get you inside, but guide you through making an offer and the inspection process.
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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.

Good luck,

0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 18, 2013
It sounds like the homes sold in the meantime and the Realtors did not remove the open house invitation.
Having an agent would have saved you some grief and gas.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 18, 2013
That's one of the beauties of attending open houses..that you don't need an agent to attent the agent on duty will be more than happy to help you. On the other hand, if you are presently working with an agent, be sure to make the agent hosting the open house aware of this fact. They should respect the existing relationship you have and not persue you as a customer.

Good luck,

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Thanks Bill
Flag Mon Mar 4, 2013
are you sure you had the right day? That's what open houses are all about. Buyers can come and if they aren't working with an agent, the one holding the open house will be happy to work with them. If you have the phone number of the listing agent, give them a call and find out what went wrong.
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.
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