My wife and I are about to venture into home ownership. However, until we find a realtor, do open houses allow walk-ins from curious drive-by? Or do

Asked by Curtis Blake, Upper Marlboro, MD Mon Dec 14, 2009

we rquire to have an agent accompany us?

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Bill Wootan's…, , Waldorf, MD
Mon Dec 14, 2009
Sure they do, but remember, that agent is representing the seller, and should immediately have you sign a disclosure that you understand that they do not represent you.
You would do better by meeting with a realtor that works the area you are interested in, and they can set you up to get emails as listings that meet your criteria come on the market - lots of seller hold off listing till after the holidays - so starting 12/26 the hot new ones start hitting the market.
This willl ultimately save you lots of time - you can drive by and look at the listings without the hassel of one of us realtors sitting beside you,, and choose the ones that you want more information on, and YOUR REALTOR, if they are good will save you up to $15,000 in your purchase, and remember the tax credits that you may or may not qualify for - $ 6500 or $ 8000!
Call me if you want that free service of email notifications.

Bill Wootan - Team One Leqder
Century 21 H T Brown Realty
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Alqamar Malik, Agent, Largo, MD
Mon Dec 14, 2009
Hi Curtis CONGRATULATIONS on you and your wife's decision to venture into home ownership!!! You couldn't have chosen a better time to purchase a home, for so many great reasons I won't dwelve into here in the interest of time.

Yes, you both would be more than welcome to walk in at any open house as curious drive-byers....Actually this may be a very good way for you to meet with local agents especially when you do not have another agent representing you at this time.

Nope, an agent is not required to accompany you at an open house.

Much success to you both in your home search
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Sanford Coll…, Agent, Prince George, VA
Mon Dec 14, 2009
Hi Curtis,

If you go to an open house and you're interested in making an offer, it is important that you understand the Realtor that is performing the open house works for the owner of the house. Therefore, they are legally obligated to represent the best interest of the owner, and not you. It is best for you to have your own Realtor that you're comfortable with. That way your Realtor can provide you with good comparable home prices, advise you on how much to offer, and negotiate on your behalf. The Realtor that you meet at the open house can not do this for you on that particular house.

Also, your Realtor can save you a lot of time by presenting you with houses and open house that meet your criteria.

Good luck with your search!
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Marty Wake, , Maryland
Mon Dec 14, 2009
You may go into a open house without a realtor, however I recommend you have a Realtor prior to entering into any negotiation to purchase. Better yet, we should have a discussion about the benefits of having a realtor prior to visiting any open houses and you would still be able to visit open houses on your own. Feel free to contact me with your questions.
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