Choice Open Houses for Saturday and Sunday, July 19-20

I’ve read more than one real estate agent’s online rant against open houses.  I like them, personally, but then I don’t have to sit there through the nicest part of a Sunday and get people to sign a guest register so I don’t look like a slacker to the clients whose house…just isn’t selling.

From what I gather, open houses don’t really sell houses.  It’s trawling.  Open houses are a way for players and potential players in a sale to meet — cards and phone numbers are exchanged, agents and brokers talk to each other about the most precious commodity in this market (qualified buyers).  And it’s something to do when you can’t think of anything else, and you have a million houses to unload.

For buyers, on the other hand, open houses are a chance to see what’s out there without dealing too much with salespeople.  In other markets, maybe, agents can afford to sneer at tire kickers.  In this one, we’ll be happy to see folks who are looking at having a down saved (or having repaired enough credit) by 2012 or so.

So go look.  You might learn a few things, get some decorating ideas, maybe some free pens or refrigerator magnets.
This one’s a GREAT location….

7 Foster Drive
Beverly, MA 01915

Beds: 3/Baths:1.5
SQ.FT.: 1372
$ 409,714
Open House: Sunday, July 20, 11:00am-1:00pm
House floozy that I am, I have a thing for this one:

6 Story Avenue
Beverly, MA 01915

Beds: 3/Baths: 1
SQ.FT.: 1217
$  279,900
Open House: Saturday, July 19, 3:00pm-4:30pm

I think this one is overpriced — it’s a good entry price, but no one is going to pay over $300 per square foot for just under 500 square feet.  But that doesn’t mean the seller won’t be reasonable.  Asking is only asking — a condo is worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it.

81 Cabot Street #3R
Beverly, MA 01915

Beds: 1/Baths:  1
SQ.FT.:  449
$  139,900
Open House: Sunday, July 20, 1:00pm-3:00pm