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Attending Open Houses
There are only so many home photos and descriptions that you can view online. Eventually, you'll want to go out to see some properties in person. Open houses are a fun way to check out a variety of homes, while getting an up-close look at neighborhoods. When you go to an open house, pick up the property-information sheet and take notes on what you like and dislike. After seeing several homes, those notes will help you remember specific property details. And don't be afraid to take pictures, but ask the hosting real estate agent first if it's okay.
Mark Nash, Courtesy of Homefinder.com