The first hour of my open house was eerily quiet. A few cars slowed to a crawl as they passed the open house sign, then moved on. A neighbor or two biked past, but continued onward with their Sunday afternoon ride.
I walked out and checked to make sure the open house sign was upright. Yes, standing tall, but no takers on the invitation. I made some calls, returned a few and even worked on a file. I jotted down my business priorities for the upcoming week. I was about to call it a day and close up early, when in walked my first prospective buyer of the afternoon. A neighbor out for a walk, and thinking of downsizing. She took my information and said she would discuss my listing with her husband. Suddenly, I'm feeling happy.
Visitors number two is a handsome young couple from Manhattan Beach sent to my listing by a fellow agent. Thanks Janet.
And then the floodgates opened and four groups walked in. Suddenly I had a house full of shoppers. Neighbors wondering what their house is worth, and a young family in search of a larger home for their growing brood. Two sets of grandparents wanting to move closer to their grands. They kept coming. People with questions about the market. People of all ages.
Potential sellers and prospective buyers with housing wants and needs. These are the mover and shakers in the real estate world. An open house is an excellent place to meet and mingle. It's a silent compliment when a person who was a complete stranger minutes ago, slips your business card in their wallet or purse.
As I was leaving a dragonfly flew in the open door, fluttered around the living room, then back out into the sunshine. It was a lovely ending to a enjoyable afternoon in real estate.
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Norma Toering & Team RE/MAX Palos Verdes Realty
(310) 493-8333 / Office Phone: (310) 831-0800
South Bay Los Angeles cities I sell real estate, property, houses and homes in: Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, San Pedro, Long Beach, Torrance, Lomita, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach.