17 Things I Would Rather Do Than Hold An Open House.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843


When I started selling real estate I did a lot of open houses for new construction homes.  I hated them.  Every week I would stop by the grocery store and pick up cookies and candy.  I would stop by the office and print out fliers, brochures, sign in sheets, etc.

Then it was time to bring on the tire kickers and the neighbors!  

Every week is was the same.  I would get 2-5 couples come in, they would all be hesitant to sign in, and most of them wanted nothing to do with me.  Most (if not all of them) don't have any loyalty to a Realtor.  I'm not going to spend my time trying to chase them down.  

*  If you are a Realtor reading this and you are great at open houses...  cool.  I'm not one of you.  I hate them.  Now on to my list.

17.  Eat brocolli.

16.  Go to the dentist.  

15.  Discuss politics.  

14.  Eat braunschweiger.

13.  Shovel snow.

12.  Pick up poo in our backyard.  (We have two dogs)

11.  Dishes.  

10.  Attend any musical.  

9.  Wear a tie.

8.  Grow a giant moustache.

7.  Wax my back. 

6.  Watch a movie with Nicholas Cage in it.

5.  Run a marathon.

4.  Paint my living room. 

3.  Pay $3.50 a gallon for gas.  

2.  Watch paint dry.  

1.  Punch myself in the face.


Okay.  I had to really think there to get 17 things.  Not quite sure why I picked 17.  Anyway...  the bottom line is this.  I hate open houses.  I haven't done them in over two years.  If one of my sellers really want one, that's fine.  I'll have one of the agents in my office sit in there for me.  So...  those are my thoughts about open houses.  :)  

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Virginia Cheezum
F. C. Tucker Company - Indianapolis, IN

Perfect!  The only one I would add is give 'FEEDBACK' for the 22 homes I showed over the weekend! Agents calling for feedback drives me nuts!! 

Jan 29, 2012 11:52 PM #1
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate

I was ok with your list until I saw the Giant Moustache. Hmmmm.


Jan 30, 2012 12:11 AM #2
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Jared, We're not fans either.  Once every few months we'll hold one if a seller is getting too antsy, but in general with the virtual tours, pics, etc., we're holding a virtual open house 24/7/365 already.  If they're really serious about seeing the home schedule an appointment with their agent or us.

Jan 30, 2012 12:36 AM #3
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Virginia:  Ooh yeah!  That too!  LOL

Rich:  You are the only one that can sport that big moustache and get away with it.  Well, you and Tom Selleck.  

BLIZ:  I couldn't agree more.  I think technology eliminates a lot of unnecessary things...  like open houses.  

Jan 30, 2012 12:51 AM #4
Kristin Moran
Owner - RE/MAX Access - KristinMoran@Remax.net - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397

I know some sellers still ask for them to be held.  I can't stand doing them either & will usually ask someone in my office if they are interested, most are!

Jan 30, 2012 01:02 AM #5
John McCormack
Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com - Albuquerque, NM
AlbuquerqueHomes.com, Albuquerque Homes Realty

Jared I don't do open houses either.  They don't work for me and not in the Albuquerque area for most Realtors®.  I have better things to do than home sit on a weekend.

Jan 30, 2012 02:05 AM #6
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Hi Kristin!  Once in a while one of our sellers  will request one.  We try to explain to them they don't work at the listiing appointment, but sometimes they still do.  

John:  Amen.  We are usually busy showing on weekends.  

Jan 30, 2012 03:30 AM #7
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I've never had much luck with open houses either.  Never landed a buyer from one.  Did sell a house as a result of one...but I think that was a total freak occurence and not likely to repeat.  After meeting the buyers, the open house was the first opportunity they had to see the home, but they would've been in within the week with their agent.

Jan 30, 2012 03:43 AM #8
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I think they work for some people in some markets, but here they are not productive.  I find much better ways to use my time.

Jan 30, 2012 04:25 AM #9
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Hey Chris.  I actually met 1 buyer a few years ago at an open house.  They didn't buy that house, but bought a different one about a year later.  

Tammy!!  Not here either.  Well, there is one guy that does really well with them, but I think he wears a tux.  Seriously.  Not my thing.  :)  

Jan 30, 2012 05:35 AM #10
Sherry Scales
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Leander, TX
Realtor, for Austin, TX and surrounding areas

I am pretty sure I could easily come up with 17 things I would rather do. Hate open houses.

Jan 30, 2012 05:59 PM #11
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Hi Sherry!  I think I could have went up to 50...  but that would be too long.  Hate em.  :)

Jan 31, 2012 02:15 AM #12
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Jared, yet another humorous post.  I am betting that your clients love you!

Feb 14, 2012 06:52 AM #13
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