How to Survive an Open House


If you’ve been looking for a while, you may have reached a point in your housing search where attending Sunday open houses feels a lot like work. This feeling is particularly strong in the summer months, when you start envisioning all the other lovely things you could be doing… camping out with friends…rollerblading down the Esplanade… sleeping in.

So how to make the open house rounds more fun and less work? Here are a few ideas:

  • Bike to open houses. Choose a few within a mile or two of each other and make the open house route your morning exercise route as well. Can also be a good excuse for overeating later in the day.
  • Combine open houses with lunch or brunch — we learned this one from Alyk, a master at munching and viewing. Works even better when your brunch spot is a totally new splurge at the edge of your price range.
  • Bring a friend along. Not only good company, a friend can provide a useful perspective — and if you’re lucky some sardonic wit — on what you’ve seen, maybe even noticing things you may have overlooked.
  • Approach your outing like a tourist. Read up on neighborhood history and points of interest in advance. While your making the rounds, visit the neighborhood “sites” as well, even if the site is just the neighborhood’s most frequented ice cream shop.
  • Attend the “freshest” open houses if you’re looking for excitement. These can be more interesting as spectator sport, while the old listings with the bored agent can be a downer.
  • End your open house tour with a lunchtime aperitivo. If nothing else, you’ll have a cool drink to look forward to at the end of your rounds!

And for your consideration, three new listings in Brighton and Brookline that will be holding open houses this weekend:

11 Upcrest Road
SQ. FT: 1431
O.H. Sunday, July 20, 2008 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

652 Washington Street, #1
O.H. Sunday, July 20, 2008 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

142 Middlesex Road, #1
SQ.FT: 1405
O.H.Sunday, July 20, 2008 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM