Lunchtime Open Houses!

Industry Observer

I started something new today and I am excited about the future!

Thinking that more businesses are open seven days a week, making weekends difficult for some to come to open houses, I started my Lunchtime Open Houses. Starting at 11 and ending at 1 these are in different locations throughout the week, allowing people to come on their lunch hour! And today, first day out,someone loved the house and is bringing the spouse back to see it!

The reasons for coming to an open house during the week include:

  • Parents are often running around after work and on weekends with their children activities
  • College sports take up Saturdays, and National sports take up Sunday
  • Children are in school so parents can come without children if they desire
  • Something different to do!
  • Because you can!

Hope to see you at my Lunchtime Open house tomorrow! Go to my website to see what is open this coming week!

Comments (7)

Syreeta Saunders
Keller Williams Realty Centre - Randallstown, MD
Keys, MBA - The Keys2Day Team

Sounds like an effective idea.  Please provide feedback on your results.

Oct 01, 2009 09:36 AM
Michael A. Caruso
Surterre Properties - Laguna Niguel, CA

Betty, great idea! Lunchtime open houses are a smart alternative to the weekend open houses. It's true some people work weekends, making it difficult for them to visit open houses on Saturday or Sundays.  Good luck with your listing.

I hope you'll remember me if you learn of anyone moving to "The OC" and I will do the same!

Best regards.

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors           


Oct 01, 2009 09:40 AM
Betty Smith
Richmond, VA

Thanks Syreeta and Michael. I am beginning to think of it as the new "desk time". Syreeta, I will let you know how it works out, and Michael I will definitely keep you in mind if anyone wants to flip to the other coast!

Oct 01, 2009 09:52 AM
Michael Bergin
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - ABR - SRES - Alexandria, VA
Northern Virginia Real Estate

Very good idea, I may try that for my next listing. You make a good case for it. How did you advertise it? Just a sign and ballons, did it get on the internet?

Oct 01, 2009 10:08 AM
Betty Smith
Richmond, VA

Hi Michael, I advertised on craigslist, put out signs, and had balloons!

Oct 01, 2009 11:23 AM
Jon Wnoroski
America's 1st Choice RH Realty Co., Inc. - Green, OH
Summit County Realtor

Hi Betty - Lunchtime open houses sound like a good idea.  I'll be interested in hearing how they work out for you over a longer period of time.  Your rationale certainly sounds good and the concept may just catch on.  Good luck and best wishes.

Oct 01, 2009 12:14 PM
Tom Boos
Sine & Monaghan Realtors, Real Living - Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
Providing the very best of service to Sellers and

Sounds like an interesting idea.  I too am anxious to see how this experiment turns-out.  Keep us posted.

Oct 02, 2009 01:35 AM