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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
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Run the air conditioning!

May 22, 2017 08:30 PM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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Avoid them. In the summer open houses work in high traffic areas but most people are out enjoying themselves, a true home buyer will look online and set up a provate showing when they can see the home and not wait for an open house

May 23, 2017 05:38 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Ask Christine Donovan about her ice cream truck open houses!

May 22, 2017 09:30 PM
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Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor

I don't do open houses, summer, spring, fall or winter... so sorry, no strategies from me. My strategy is not to hold open houses. My houses are open 24/7 on the internet.

May 22, 2017 04:47 PM
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Haley Perez
Exit Heritage Realty - Haymarket, VA
Southern Belle in Northern Virginia Real Estate

Hi!  This is a great question & I'm following it for any comments or advice.  I am hosting my very first open house this weekend.  Super excited but nervous! :)

May 31, 2017 02:14 PM
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Stephen Turner
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - York, PA
The BIG Guy of NEW HOME SALES

As a rep for Builders working model homes 5+ days a week for 20 years, I know what works. Summertime in an open house or model, your traffic will be down significantly, but your ratio of "real buyers" vs "lookers" greatly improves. In summer, it seems Saturdays from 11-2 are the best times of the weekend. People looking like to get out early, so they can then spend the afternoon and evenings for cookouts and events. I would encourage you to try Saturday's instead of Sundays, till Sept. If you want to take time off, Skip open houses in Aug. Too much competition from Vacations, back to school shopping and moving kids back to campus!

May 27, 2017 01:05 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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No

May 26, 2017 03:41 AM
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

Have the A/C set to an appropriate temperature.

May 24, 2017 05:14 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Have a Ice Cream truck out front, should draw people

 

May 23, 2017 08:30 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Summer specific strategies?
In the land of endless summer, I would say I possess no summer strategy.

And yes, there are ways to have a dramatically successful open house but only if the property is a qualified open house candidate. Fifteen turns deep into the bowels of a gated community identifies a property that is NOT an open house candidate.

There are Five valid purposes for which an open house is well suited.

One valid purpose is 'Get More Listings' but that one must be the 1st open house and requires preparation, planning and a trained staff.

Another valid purpose is "SELL THE HOUSE" which requires the owner to empower the agent. Without this empowerment, the agent is just spending time.

Collaboration is aways a good strategy that expands the prospect pool dramatically for those other valid open house purposes.

Having a valid purpose is what creates the difference between those who say "Don't do it" and those who say, "There are few options more cost effective and client rich than what is created by a purposed open house."

 

May 23, 2017 07:26 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
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make sure the air conditioning is working properly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 23, 2017 06:58 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
Keller Williams Success Realty - Panama City, FL
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No I do not sorry

May 23, 2017 06:53 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor,CRS,e-Pro
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast

Not doing them and putting the time & energy into my database marketing and relationships instead. I get more referrals & business from my database in one year than all the open houses I've ever done combined.

May 23, 2017 06:48 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Andy Fulton Open house strategies are pretty much local. Talk with other agents you have had successful open houses in your area.

May 23, 2017 06:46 AM
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Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
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plenty of signs and water to give out

May 23, 2017 06:19 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Nothing different as it's always summer here.

May 23, 2017 05:32 AM
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Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

Realistically, with virtual tours, videos, etc., open houses are becoming less and less important from a servicing the sellers point of view. I understand many agents use it as a prospecting tool.

May 23, 2017 05:28 AM
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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty & Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

I stopped doing them because nothing was working. It's better suited for a large city with dense population.

May 23, 2017 05:27 AM
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

I do not consider the seasons when doing open houses..the same preparation is always done..I'm also looking for future listings and neibors and others in the community do come in to see how I'm representing my seller and what information I have out. I often get listing appointments at my open house.

May 23, 2017 05:22 AM
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Andrew Mooers
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

The buyer is busy and can't make the two hour window for entry so do videos that show and tell around the clock. On their time frame and to re-tour over and over which builds desire, gets results. And save you time in the matchmaking of properties.. the buyer filters out the don't waste my time listings. 

May 23, 2017 03:16 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Proper preparation is always "in season".   

May 23, 2017 12:41 AM
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Praful Thakkar
eXp Realty - Andover, MA
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Andy Fulton sure - work more hours! 

May 22, 2017 09:14 PM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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Serving popsickle or ice cream....

May 22, 2017 09:10 PM
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Jeff Dowler
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

I am not a fan of Open Houses but occasionally will do one. Make sure the house is a great temperature if the weather is warm. Advertise just as I normally would. Here, because the beach is so popular, I would run later in the afternoon rather than prime beach time!! Sorry but we love beachtime in the summer

May 22, 2017 08:39 PM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Broker

No. I am not a fan of open houses.  If I were ... strategy would be the same during non summer seasons. 

May 22, 2017 08:31 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional - Clarksville, TN
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The same good practices that work in the spring, winter and fall work in the summer with the  exception you could have a summer, hot weather or holiday theme and light refreshments around the pool.

May 22, 2017 06:19 PM
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Fred Griffin
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
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     If you are in a resort area, beach town, etc. then play up the holidays (Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day). 

May 22, 2017 06:13 PM
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Denise Samouilidis
Mirsky Realty Group - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Jupiter Abacoa Sales & Beach Front Luxury Homes

I team up with a local vendor, i.e. a painting company and have them hold the open house with me. The vendor pays for a gift card or something of value that we raffle off. People have to come to the open house to enter and fill out a property survey. The vendor gets additional exposure, the raffle generates excitement and the feedback from the surveys are a perfect way to show the sellers that you're doing something to market their property.

Aug 04, 2017 07:55 PM
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I don't do many open houses.

May 24, 2017 07:35 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386
Realty One Group - Carlsbad, CA
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Lots of signs, and as Marte Cliff would write - Enthusiasm!

May 23, 2017 05:53 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Scott Godzyk nailed this one!

May 23, 2017 05:43 AM
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Bob Crane
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Curb appeal, mow the lawn.

Inside, have the air conditioning on, or a fan running if no air conditioning.

 

May 22, 2017 11:33 PM
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Diana White-Pettis
Exit Bennett Realty - Upper Marlboro, MD
GRI, CDPE, CNE, WHC Upper Marlboro Homes for Sale

Planning in advance should be suffice when hosting an open house regardless of the specific season.

May 22, 2017 07:42 PM
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William Feela
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It mostly depends on what is available and what my clientel is at the time

May 22, 2017 07:03 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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Follow the suggestions provided by Barbara Todaro

May 22, 2017 05:49 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
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Open houses are for what you make them at anytime of the year. If the idea is to get listings from neighbors then have you action plan ready.

May 22, 2017 05:48 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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Plan in advance, seasons are irrelevant.  A

May 22, 2017 05:42 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Not a fan of open houses so I don't do them!

May 22, 2017 05:12 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Price to sell and you wont have spend any extra time whatsoever....

May 22, 2017 05:03 PM