Who likes to do OPEN HOUSES???

Real Estate Agent with Elite Realty Group

Is that a "Crazy" question to ask or not??? I have read several posts that talked about Open Houses and I don't know that I have read very many positive comments at all --- I have to say that I do "enjoy" doing open houses especially if people show up!  Being fairly new to the business, it has been a way for me to meet potential clients and I have gotten business from doing them - I have never yet heard of anyone in my office selling the house that they were doing the open house in, but I have heard some good news about meeting so many new clients - so the way that I looked at it - If I could take a couple hours of my time and acquire a new client or two -- I decided to go for it!  So far - so good!


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Tinker Hulsey
Century 21 Wright-Pace Real Estate - Jonesboro, AR
Century 21 Wright-Pace Real Estate


Good post!! I do like to do open houses also, but I like hosting them better if they are vacant due to the liability of your sellers furnishings. It is a great time to prospect.


Aug 15, 2008 09:08 PM #3
Steve Hall
RE/MAX United - San Marcos, CA
Make the Call to Hankins and Hall

My wife and I do open houses, especially in our farm area.  We(I) put out at least 20 Open House signs bringing traffic in from several major intersections.

Because of all the signs that we have out, the perception is that we are the busiest Realtors in the area.

We do occationally pick up a buyer but I guarentee that we get listings in the area due to working the Open Houses.

Aug 15, 2008 09:09 PM #4
Vicki Pedersen
Pedersen Real Estate - Riverside, CA
Providing Exceptional Real Estate Service

My husband and I do open houses as well.  It is another way that we show how hard we are working to market and sell our sellers' houses.  They are glad that we do open houses.  We have gotten clients from open houses AND we have even sold the house that we are doing open houses for through someone that visited the open house.  We will continue to do them regularly.

Aug 15, 2008 09:29 PM #5
Tracy Soussi
Charlotte, NC
NC & SC Broker - Large Bank Foreclosures

I represent a new community and we open all our specs that are complete every weekend.  People love to come out.  www.tracysoussi.com

Aug 15, 2008 09:47 PM #6
Meli Gerogianis
JKA Properties (Meli G Realty & Investment Group) - Clarksville, TN
Broker, CRS, ABR, SFR, CDPE, Licensed in TN & KY

Hi Norma, I got to say I too, enjoy doing open houses. From January to June I only missed 2 Sundays. I can bring a good real estate book or magazine and catch up on my reading, I can catch up on phone calls or paperwork while waiting for people to show up. And if someone does show up - that makes the Open House perfect!

Aug 15, 2008 10:01 PM #7
Christine Loschiavo
Property Cupid, LLC - Chandler, AZ
Broker, PropertyCupid.com

I like to do Opens as well.  I have an air card in my lap top and can show walk ins other properties they may like on the MLS.  I have left open houses to show properties (I have a partner who stays).  I have many clients from doing opens.  I prefer to do them in high end gated communities.  Safer that way.

Aug 15, 2008 11:23 PM #8
Eunice Waller
Prudential Simpson & Assoc. - Locust Grove, VA
Working Together, We Can Do Great Things

Hi Norma, I sold a home that I was holding open one beautiful Sunday afternoon.  The folks come with the newspaper advertisement in hand and when they walked in the front door they said "We love it and want to buy it today!" Boy was I suprised! So sometimes . . .  Open Houses can be beneficial to you and the sellers.

Aug 18, 2008 07:32 AM #9
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

Nancy - Thanks for the comment - I would love to have you in my area - I have some banks that will print info but have not volunteered to attend the open house!

Aug 18, 2008 08:01 AM #10
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

Thanks to Tim and Pam for the comment - I enjoy them also and I always have someone from my team with me and almost always pick up a new client!  Time well spent!

Aug 18, 2008 08:02 AM #11
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

Congratulations Eunice --- What a great Sunday for you!!! You go girl!

Aug 18, 2008 08:04 AM #12
Hurst Real Estate & Auction - Morristown, TN

Norma--anytime you want a lender at an open house, just let me know.  I would be more than happy to attend!

Aug 18, 2008 08:29 AM #13
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

Thanks Amy - I will give you a call and discuss doing an open house together --- My team has several new listings and we should be doing several open houses in the next few weeks!  Call me at your convenience!  Thanks!

Aug 18, 2008 08:33 AM #14
Birmingham Alabama Real Estate, Stephen Wolfe
LivingInBirmingham.com - Birmingham, AL

Norma, for starters I have to admit that open houses are not very effective in selling properties, but that does not mean I will not do them. I do them for all of our listings, and will continue to, because I think that can open doors and opportunities.

Aug 18, 2008 10:32 AM #15
Cindy Eanes
1st Choice Realty Group - Chesterfield, VA
Realtor - e-PRO, SFR, ASP

Hey Norma,  I have a couple of posts about Open Houses.  I'm new too, so working Open Houses is really something I look forward to.  Like you, I feel it does give us newer agents a chance to meet potential buyers or just people in general that we can talk real estate to.  It's good practice.  Also, checking out the different homes is fun too because I love interior decorating so I either love what the owners have done or redo the decor in my mind while I'm waiting for visitors!!  Good luck and have fun with those darn balloons (the one part of Open Houses I'm not too thrilled with). 

Aug 18, 2008 07:28 PM #16
DeAndrea "Dee Dee" Jones
Home Buyers Marketing II, Inc. - Manassas Park, VA
The NorthernVARealEstateLady & DMVRealEstateChick

Lately I use the in between time at open houses to study for my brokers exam.  And if I pick up a new client here in there great.

Aug 23, 2008 06:38 PM #17
Team Honeycutt
Allen Tate - Concord, NC

I would like them much better if they were productive and led to sales on the homes we were marketing.

Aug 24, 2008 01:34 PM #18
Andy Laughlin
ConnectRealty.com - Bellingham, WA

Open houses are good, great way to meet people and let them know your out there.

Aug 24, 2008 04:14 PM #19
Sandra Workman
Coldwell Banker - Kankakee, IL

My client base grows faster when I do open houses.  I can really tell the difference when I stop doing them!

Aug 24, 2008 04:58 PM #20
Marlene Pellegrini
Norwich, CT

I have done sooooooooooo many of these things and I have never gotten anywhere with it.  I avoid doing them.  Waste of time for ME.

Sep 12, 2008 08:10 AM #21
Dave Culbertson
Real Living Home Team - Mount Vernon, OH

I actually like doing open houses...but I go at them with a different attitude. I use them to catch up on paperwork, do mailings, write Thank You notes, and blog...the only difference is I do it in someone else's house. Rarely do I even come close to selling a house, but I do make contacts. One PLUS I have noticed about advertising an Open House, is it sometimes puts a degree of urgency in another buyer's mind that likes the house and they make an offer BEFORE the open house, to avoid the competition. In my 15 years, I would say that has happened 6 or 8 times.

Dave Culbertson, Broker/Owner, Real Living Home Team, Mount Vernon, OH

Oct 14, 2008 10:21 PM #22
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