Garage Sale Blues or Good News, Showing Homes?

Managing Real Estate Broker with Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions"

Outta my way, Outta my way, I'm trying to show a house....garage sale blues or good news!

Showed some homes to a new client this week right on the opening day of a block sale.  It was a beautiful day, cars were parked up and down the streets, people galore were coming and going and we were inching our way trying to get to our showing appointment.  The nice part they were my listings I was showing!

The Good news is they loved the neighborhood community effort.  The clients loved the house and I was able to pass out a few more business cards and personal brochures as the people were coming and going from the yard sales. 

It was one of those great things to be prepared for when you have listing in an active neighborhood. 

Here is your golden opportunity to take advantage of free traffic.  Look at it this way.  You know a block sale is coming up in a neighborhood that you have a listing.  Make sure you have an open house during the time of the sale.  You just put out your signs and have plenty of literature for the home and a personal brochure. 

I have two brochures as give-aways.  One of the brochures is for sellers and the other is for buyers.  I also have my first time buyer packet at the ready.

Why not take advantage of the windfall of traffic.  Ever drive by an area that is hosting a block or community yard sale?  Right now people are everywhere looking for a way to extend their budgets.  I even have a yard sale kit including the signs.

Now take another look when you see a block or community yard sale.  The empty brochure box!  Would that make me happy if I were a seller?

Garage sales can be good news...are you taking advantage of the opportunity?

Comments (2)

Lissa Uder
RE/MAX Next Generation, LLC - Lebanon, MO
Your Lebanon MO Real Estate Agent

Every spring, I pick one of my listings and hold a combination yard sale/open house. Works perfectly to get potential buyers inside of a home they otherwise might not have noticed. Lissa Uder, Your Lebanon MO Real Estate Agent

May 09, 2009 03:08 AM
Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi Gary ~ It's the perfect time of year for garage sales - not too cold and not too hot yet. In my area it's also almost house tour season.  That's another event to watch out for - there will be hordes of house enthusiasts in your neighborhood.  Perfect time for an open house and keep the brochures stocked.


May 09, 2009 03:39 PM