I can't give answer for any other area except for the Houston, TX area. The answer in my experience is NO! Why would a seller want the agent they hire have them wake up early on a Saturday or Sunday morning to make the house sparkle and then get kicked out for three to five hours?
There aren't that many things that the seller can do weekend after weekend while their agent is holding their open house. Secondly, holding an open house really isn't productive. It's considered passive. This is because the agent advertises the open house but has NO control over who and how many potential buyers come to view the house. This isn't even taking into consideration Qualified buyers.
Again I ask the same question. Why would you want to make your house sparkle and get kicked out? So your nosey neighbors or bored Sunday drivers have something to do? This method of home sales is non-productive and a waste of time and money... Your Time and Money! If your home stays on the market longer than it should, your losing money and every monthly payment you make is gone forever.
Don't you think it would be a better use of your Realtor's time to MOTIVATE the entire real estate community (other Realtors in the area) to bring their qualified buyers to your house? This is productive marketing and will get your home sold quickly and for the most money possible in today's market.
So next time you see someone on HGTV get 15 offers after an open house, just say to yourself, "Real life is NOT reality TV". Oh, the added bonus is you get to sleep in!
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