Jane C Hoffmann | Boston Real Estate, Milton Real Estate, Quincy Real Estate, Hingham Real Estate


Buyers new to the housing market often don’t know where to start their search. In fact, sometimes they don’t even know for certain in which community they want to make their home. Even knowing the type of house-style they want is a mystery. If they’re the first in their family to own property, narrowing down choices seems monumental.

A great way to start is viewing homes in magazines and online, wandering through Pinterest boards, and visiting open houses. 

Two types of open house events

Open house events are not equal. One kind of open house is a builder's model. Model homes operate more like retail showrooms in that the builder typically sets up an office in the garage of one of the models and then stages one or more homes for buyers to view. The models display options from flooring to appliances and cabinetry, allowing potential buyers to choose what fits their aesthetic or their budget. Builder-grade is the base model, and all other features are optional add-ons.

The salesperson overseeing the builder’s model open house typically works directly for the builder or developer and sells directly to the consumer, just as a retail store does. While the selling agent may appear to champion the buyer, ultimately their employer is the developer, so take that into consideration. This type of open house conforms to typical retail business hours for the housing industry.

The second type of open house is hosted by a selling agent that represents a homeowner. These are one-time planned events with defined hours where the homeowner typically vacates the premises while the seller's agent shows the home to prospective buyers.

When visiting a builder open house, treat the furnishing the way you would those in a furniture store—look and touch, but be respectful. When attending a private home open house, follow this list of do’s and don’ts for bests results.

  • DO sign in. If you already have a buyer's agent, make sure to inform the hosting agent. Remember, real estate agents make their living buying or selling homes so be respectful of and value their time with your honesty.
  • DO give yourself plenty of time. Plan not to rush through the home and even set aside a few minutes to walk around the neighborhood afterward.
  • DO make a list of questions for your agent to ask the seller’s agent.
  • DO have a list of must-haves or likes but remember to be flexible too.
  • DO NOT bring children to an open house. You have no way to know ahead if the home is childproofed or the degree to which the sellers have staged or emptied the home.
  • DO NOT bring pets to an open house.
  • DO NOT look in cupboards, drawers, or closets that the agent indicates as off-limits. If you're genuinely interested in the home, your agent can schedule a private viewing at a later date.
  • DO NOT let making odors such as freshly-baked cookies or candles fool you. Air fresheners may merely mask a hastily removed litterbox, but they might indicate a deeper problem with pet urine in the carpet or mold in the walls.
  • DO NOT arrange with the host for a follow-up visit. That is the job of your agent.
  • DO collect the selling agent’s business card to pass on to your agent.

If you're interested in presenting an offer on a home after an open house or have questions that need answering before you can prepare an offer, DO contact your agent immediately.



204 W 9Th St, Boston, MA 02127

South Boston

Condo

$495,000
Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
TURN KEY Two Bedroom within walking distance to Andrew Red Line T in the shadows of the Washington Village & Dorchester Corridor mega developments is an opportunity you don't want to miss! This renovated unit sparkles with stainless steel appliances & honed granite counters in an open kitchen/living concept complete with a four stool breakfast bar and gas cooking. Both bedrooms are a generous size. Chestnut & Espresso flooring amidst Exposed Brick enhance the charm of this move-in ready home. Convenient direct access to your deck and large shared yard with lush plantings ideal for entertaining or as a sanctuary for relaxation. Great storage in and outside of the unit. Walk to beaches, parks and a plethora of food and beverage establishments in the magnetic South Boston neighborhood rich with commercial & social activities. Nothing to do but unpack. Even the furniture can stay! Oh, and Pets welcomed! Make this your home base by visiting Sat 11:30-1, Sun 1:30-3 or by appointment!
Open House
Saturday
June 08 at 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Fantastic Opportunity; nothing to do but move-in and you can keep the furniture! Pet friendly. This renovated unit is within walking distance of both Broadway & Andrew T stations. Generous bedrooms and outdoor space enhance the functionality and charm of this move in ready home central to the magnetic South Boston social scene. Close to parks and beaches too!
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204 W 9Th St, Boston, MA 02127

South Boston

Condo

$495,000
Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
TURN KEY Two Bedroom within walking distance to Andrew Red Line T in the shadows of the Washington Village & Dorchester Corridor mega developments is an opportunity you don't want to miss! This renovated unit sparkles with stainless steel appliances & honed granite counters in an open kitchen/living concept complete with a four stool breakfast bar and gas cooking. Both bedrooms are a generous size. Chestnut & Espresso flooring amidst Exposed Brick enhance the charm of this move-in ready home. Convenient direct access to your deck and large shared yard with lush plantings ideal for entertaining or as a sanctuary for relaxation. Great storage in and outside of the unit. Walk to beaches, parks and a plethora of food and beverage establishments in the magnetic South Boston neighborhood rich with commercial & social activities. Nothing to do but unpack. Even the furniture can stay! Oh, and Pets welcomed! Make this your home base by visiting Sat 11:30-1, Sun 1:30-3 or by appointment!
Open House
Saturday
June 08 at 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Fantastic Opportunity; nothing to do but move-in and you can keep the furniture! Pet friendly. This renovated unit is within walking distance of both Broadway & Andrew T stations. Generous bedrooms and outdoor space enhance the functionality and charm of this move in ready home central to the magnetic South Boston social scene. Close to parks and beaches too!
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20 Prescott St, Somerville, MA 02143

Prospect Hill

Rental

$2,400
Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
Sun-filled second floor 2 bedroom floor-thru on a tree lined residential street in a fantastic Union Square & Spring Hill/Prospect Hill location with a Walk-ability Score of 91 exudes rustic charm in a modern back-drop! This spacious offering in a three unit property includes one off-street parking spot, common yard, garden area & common deck. The eat-in-kitchen is equipped with a gas range, fridge/freezer & dishwasher/disposal. A tub/shower combination graces the black & white tile bath. Both bedrooms accommodate queen sized beds plus dressers. The living/dining area spans the entire width of the building with handsome wide pine flooring extending from the unique barn door unit style entry. There is a bonus alcove ideal for a home office. This prime Somerville location offers great commuter & T access. Some storage is available in the shared basement. Laundry on-site. Available to a non-smoker for 6/1. Group showings begin on Saturday, 3/30 from 12:30-2:30...come prepared!
Open House
Saturday
March 30 at 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Be prepared to submit an application during this open house! Floor-thru 2BD w/parking in sought after location. Common outdoor space and shared laundry. Some storage outside of the unit. Don't miss this opportunity....
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8 Lincoln St, Abington, MA 02351

Single-Family

$334,900
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Open House Sat, 1/12 from 2-3 In this renovated home you'll find the perfect blend of character, charm & contemporary aesthetics! This ideal starter home boasts an ultra convenient location; Commuter Rail, Union Point, Conservation Land, Schools, Commercial Districts etc. Entertain friends & family in the open concept kitchen featuring a breakfast bar with pendant lighting for stools. The stainless & granite kitchen offers abundant cabinetry, dishwasher & disposal adjacent to the formal dining room. A sun-filled living room with ample space for comfy furniture, desk and entertainment center. The first floor also features a half bath & mudroom entry. Hardwood floors throughout. Two good sized bedrooms plus a full bath upstairs. Terrific two tiered yard with a free floating deck and a potter's shed. Plenty of room in both yards to play & garden. New windows, a/c, electric 1/2 bath. Walk-out basement with 8' ceiling height is waiting to be finished for three levels of living space
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Saturday
January 19 at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Turn-key renovated home in close proximity to everything necessary, practical and fun! Spacious single family on a large level lot with young systems and services. Lower level is ideal for finishing with a walk-out and grand scale. Living/Dining, Kitchen, Half Bath and Mudroom on the first floor plus Two Bedrooms and a Full Bath on the second floor. Come visit!
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