Can anyone go to an open house?The short answer: Yes. Open houses are open to the public, which means anyone can attend during the dates and times advertised. At an open house, you’ll likely encounter several types of attendees:
- Serious buyers. These people are on the hunt for their perfect home, and they’re likely stopping at multiple open houses that weekend.
- Casual browsers. Open houses can be valuable to people just starting their home search, as they can help narrow in on preferences related to layout, architectural style, decor and budget.
- Lookie-loos. These attendees aren’t really in the market for a home, but they’re curious about what the interior of a specific home looks like. This could include neighbors with similar floor plans who are looking for renovation ideas, people with an interest in architecture and design, or even people who previously lived in the home and want to wax nostalgic for a few minutes.
- Buyers agents. Real estate agents often drop in to open houses to get a feel for what’s on the market in a specific area or to pre-screen a house they’re thinking about showing to a client.