Back again with another Open House. This time serving Mimosa’s and offering a drawing for a bottle of Schramsberg (an excellent choice designed to entice Realtors to flock over). The question is “Whatever happened to the days when a Realtor could put up an Open House sign and be visited by numerous Realtors just because they wanted to see a new listing and become more knowledgeable about the current market?”
I was looking through the Realtor Tour list today, trying to figure out what “angle” had not been covered. If a Realtor coordinated the visits just right,he/she could end the day having had a full course meal, including appetizers and dessert, and the chance to win a $100 dining gift card, a round of golf at the local course, and my bottle of vintage champagne. Average cost, including food: over $100. This is all with no guarantee that anyone will even show up!
The fact of the matter is, we have all invested time and effort into putting as many pictures of our listings on-line. Remember, 87%ish of all Buyers look on the web first. Realtors are able to get a pretty good idea of what a house looks like without having to spend extra time visiting Open Houses.
Have Open Houses Gone the Way of the Dinosaur? I think NOT! The sellers expectations of what we will offer have always included Open Houses. There is something about putting the signs out, opening the door, and welcoming visitors in that is still very appealing.
As for today…I guess I will just help myself to a Mimosa and enjoy a little solitude.
Owner/Broker Simply Summit Realty.