An open house in Berks County. Now you get to view homes for sale and envision them as your own.

But whether you're viewing an open house or going to a private showing, it's an exciting time. It shows you far more than any photo can.

Real Estate agents will always do their best with photos online to represent the home for sale in Berks County the best they can. But they can't show everything. That's why viewing the home yourself is so crucial.

Before you tour homes, you should discuss what you your needs and wants are with the ones in your family who will live in that home. Then do some research (our website is a great resource), talk with your agent and lender. That way you can make a targeted visit with the homes you view, giving you an advantage over other buyers, as well as saving time.

So, before you start viewing, follow these tips to get prepared.

Make It Your Job to Know Which Houses Are “Open”

To know when a house is available for viewing:

Ask your agent. We have details on specific properties and can keep you informed of open houses that fit your specific needs.

And while you’re searching, be sure to jot down the location, time, and date for any open house that strikes your fancy. It will make it that much easier to plan times and routes for hitting as many homes as possible.

Get There Early (and Say Hi to the Neighbors)

Showing up early shows you're serious about buying. You can beat the rush as well and have more time to speak with the hosting agent.

And don't be afraid to ask questions. Many home buyers avoid talking with the showing agent. But the more you speak with them, the more you'll learn about that home.

If a house seems like a match, take a walk around the neighborhood. If you see neighbors out and about, try to talk with them about the neighborhood and get the inside scoop on what life is like there.

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