Confessions of an open-house lookie-loo

REThink Real Estate
Published on Jul 14, 2011

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Q: I am considering selling my home but would love to see how it compares with others in my neighborhood as far as condition vs. asking price. I have not gone as far a seeking a listing agent yet, but I often see open houses in my neighborhood and wonder what the "rules" are about stopping in.

Is it acceptable to go to open houses without pretending you are a potential buyer? Pictures don't do it for me in getting a feel for what a house is worth, and I'm afraid to "get married to" a selling agent until I do some research first. --Michelle

A: Rarely do people exhibit your level of etiquette these days. It says something nice about you as an individual that you asked, but yes, it's totally and completely acceptable, even