Saturday afternoon was not supposed to be much different than any other Saturday for my daughter and I last weekend. However, after her 30 min ukulele lesson at near Value Village in the SE, she asked if we could go "do some open houses". Hannah is a very inquisitive 10 year old. She has been watching me and listening to me prepare for, return from and generally rave about open houses – big houses, expensive houses, furnished houses, unfurnished houses, condos (“What’s a condo, mom?”) – and so having never been before, she thought it was time and so I agreed to spend the next few hours open housing … visiting open houses with a client, or ‘previewing’ without a client, is a great way for a real estate professional to check on activity in a particular community, street, style and price range. Hannah was to be my previewing pal and so off we went.
Hannah was first in the door and first to leave, then directing me to the car so that we could head down the next street, eyes peeled to spot the telltale sign indicating an open house. She learned that not all signs are for open houses; have to read carefully, as some are indicating “Just Listed”. We spent the rest of the afternoon in the Killarney – South Calgary – Altadore – Garrison Woods areas of SW Calgary, areas that are usually very popular with buyers and expatriate corporate rentals.
At the end of the afternoon, and boy there were a lot to choose from, I asked her to short list 2 or 3 of her faves, as I was curious to see if what we were seeing made the same impression on me as it had on her. We pretty much had the same top three; although she really liked the house in South Calgary that was not only serving up fresh cinnamon buns, but had a humongous storage closet, set about 2 feet off the floor, which Hannah had already in her mind decided that that would be the room for her stuffed animals and dolls. That was it, while I oohed and awed over gorgeous kitchens and engineered flooring, Hannah was about the room size and how to house her toys, what would be her room, and where everyone else would have bedrooms for our blended family of 5 – including the cats, she found areas for them, too. Not only was it a fun and engaging activity for this mom-and-daughter duo to do together on a lazy afternoon, it was also educational as Hannah is working on a Tiny Nation House in her class at Willow Park School this term - I would repeat open housing with Hannah any day, let's go!