You may not think about bringing your poker face to an open house, but it’s a must-have accessory. Everything you say, how you act and the questions you ask are being interpreted and will be relayed to the seller. There are some things you just shouldn’t say when checking out a home because it could be used against you later. Here are some tips for how to make sure you don’t show your whole hand during your first interaction with the seller’s real estate agent.
Comments About Loving The House
Don’t give too much away. If you’re overly enthusiastic, it could give the seller’s agent some ammo during negotiations. Getting emotionally attached to a home too early is never a good idea. You must stay objective and try not to allow your emotions to take the driver’s seat.
How Much You Can Spend
Talking about your budget is totally, totally off limits. It’s always best to keep things like how much you’ve been approved for or your bottom line something that should be left to a negotiation conversation. Having any of that Intel up-front could affect your leverage when you go to buy.
If Your Motivated to Move
If you are under a time pressure or stress – it’s not a good idea to talk about that to a seller’s agent for obvious reasons. These things could be used against you in a negotiation.
If You Have Other Options
If you’re looking at another home, it’s not necessary to discuss with a seller’s agent – it could be misinterpreted that you’re not serious about the home.
Now that you know what not to say – enjoy looking for your new home and if ever in question – just allow your agent to do the talking.
Once you’ve found a home – let us help you make your next move.