March 29 - I went to my first open house after finishing Dean’s book “Profit From Real Estate Right Now”. On Saturday I put on my “To Do” list to first buy the Sunday paper & look at the open houses and second go to 1 open house. The morning came and I found myself nervous about going to even get the Sunday paper. I kept remembering what people had said to me about getting into real estate (all negative), so I started to read the second book of Dean’s that I got in my package earlier in the month “Be a Real Estate Millionaire” Dean spoke about % of return on investment, By the time I was finished with page 7 I was off to get the Sunday paper.
On the way to get the store I looked at the gas gauge – didn’t look good, there’s enough for me to get to work and back this week and I had no funds until Wednesday. I decided that if there was an open house within a few blocks of my house I would go. As I pulled into the driveway I started getting nervous again. I didn’t go in the house I sat in the car and looked at the open houses there were not one but two open houses within blocks of my house.
My heart started to beat fast now I was excited and nervous. I went to get changed and found those old naysayers popping up in my memory, so I invited my teenagers to go with me they declined but were curious as to why I was going to an open house. I found myself saying I’m looking for houses for clients. This was partially true as a friend of mine said he wanted to move to the area.
As I pulled up to the first open house there were lots of cars. I took some photos from the outside. For a year I was with an office that did county reassessments. I learned how to photograph a house’s best features and what to look for and photograph what is a negative about the house and grounds.
When I entered there was a young girl who said she was the hostess of the open house. I started looking at the home on my own. When I came to the kitchen a women said ‘Hello’ with an angry look on her face. She seemed annoyed, but did take on a tour of the upstairs and attic apartment. It turns out she was the owner and didn’t like the camera. I didn’t realize that owners were at the open houses. The young girl was the agent who didn’t move the entire time. My experience was less than pleasant, but pushed myself to look at the second home.
As I was driving there I was secretly hoping I wouldn’t be able to view it because it was 2:50 pm and the open house was until 3:00 pm. At the second open house there was no one but, the agent there. She gave me her full attention took me, on a tour pointing out things I would not have noticed and answered my questions. This was a completely different experience from the first house.
I left feeling good about what I had done in 2 hours, went home did some notes and announced to my teenagers that I would be working from now on Sunday afternoons for 2-4 hours. They were a bit stunned at first, but I invited them to come with me whenever they wanted.