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Open houses are a requirement for some brokerages. I personally haven't had much success with open houses to the public. The ones that seem to be the best is when a group of agents in an area with listings that get together and do open houses at the same time and group advertising. Though, I think the sellers get the most bang for their buck having their agent give a broker open house.
The real estate shows on HGTV sure make a big fuss over Open Houses. They would have us to believe that holding an Open House will always attract LOTS of home buyers. But the reality is, it doesn't always work that way.
Most agents will agree that only a small percentage of homes are actually sold during an Open House. Many agents do Open Houses for the sole purpose of meeting future home buying clients.
Some agents won't do Open Houses at all, because to them, they just don't make sense. In some instances (if your home is off the beaten track, difficult to find, or if your local market is too saturated with other homes for sale) an Open House truly may not be a good use of anyone's time.
Nonetheless, many agents love doing Open Houses and know how to make them work, while others begrudgingly hold them simply to appease their clients.
Sellers, if you feel like your agent is going into it with the wrong attitude, you may want to consider taking the success of your Open House into your own hands. BECAUSE in today's market, you need to do EVERYTHING you possibly can to get your home sold and Open Houses are one of MANY possbile ways to do this.
Here are8 ideas for improving your chances of finding a buyer at next Open House...
Your house MUST look its absolute best which means clean, uncluttered and in good repair with extra emphasis on curb appeal.
Make sure your house smells fresh, but avoid using scented candles, incence and overpowering room deodorizing sprays - your visitors could be allergic OR might become suspicious of the odors you're trying to cover up.
Remove pets and all evidence that pets live in your home (food bowls, toys, etc.) There's always the risk that your visitors might be frightened of or allergic to your pet.
Stage your house so that it feels warm and inviting. Have a cozy fire burning in the fireplace, if you have one. Play soft music. Offer light refreshments – nothing fancy. A pitcher of lemonade or ice tea, paper cups and a plate of cookies will be a welcome treat for your guests.
Make sure your agent publicises your open house in places like, Realtor.com, the MLS, Craig’s List , Active Rain and local papers. Be sure there are LOTS of signs pointing in the direction of your Open House.
Place signs and balloons outside the house to grab the attention of people driving by.
Leave. Some sellers think that ONLY they can point out their home's best features. The reality is, buyers often feel uncomfortable viewing a home when the owner is present. Sellers run the risk of revealing too much information and/or saying things that could weaken their negoiating position. If you don't trust the the person you've hired to represent you in the sale of your house - perhaps its time to find someone you can trust.
Be sure to check back tomorrow when I share 8 MORE tips for improving your chances of finding a buyer at your next Open House.
Do you like these ideas? You'll find A LOT more just like them in the Ready2Sellin30Days,the do-it-yourself guide to preparing homes for sale. Ready2Sellin30Days provides all the information and inspiration you need to get your house ready to sell in the quickest most economical way possible!
Karen Bernetti is an Author, Speaker andthe Co-Creator of Ready2Sellin30Days® an innovative, interactive, multi-media educational program designed to teach do-it-yourself homeowners EVERYTHING they need to know about preparing a home for sale during tough economic times!
Karen Bernetti is also the "Resident Stager" and Realtor® at North Star Real Estate, in Southington Connecticut, where every listing comes with a complimentary Home Staging consultation. Call 860-302-0333for more information.
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