Revolting Realtors

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Revolting Realtors... nationwide real estate agents are revolting against the tyranny of open houses.  The revolting Realtors aren't going to do open houses anymore... Open houses  don't work for them.  Open houses are not a good use of their time.

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Is it a national movement to JUST SAY NO to open houses.  

Lee Moroff wrote:  It's time for realtors to stand firm on not doing open houses

I have to agree if open houses don't work don't do them.  Do we all have to stop doing them though?  Why?

I am not going to tell you lots of houses sell because of most open houses.

I am not going to deny bad things have happened during open houses. To real estate agents and to property.

Yes as a seller you do have to secure your  valuables during an open house.  You may choose to not have an open house, if the risks outweigh the benefits.

The 221 comments on Moroff's discussion with his peers about stading standing firm against doing open houses are hidden because of a technical glitch.  I was not aware of the post, so I don't know if it is all agreement or if some said they would still do open houses.  221 comments is a lot of comments. 

Moroff's post was "Re-Blogged" 10 times.   Most of the "Re-Bloggers"  support the Realtor Revolt against open houses.

The Real Living HER Open House List

Your Central Ohio home can be featured on the Real Living HER Open House list... all week before your open house.  Not a bad place to be.

ALL LINKS BROKEN. The ONE LINK to MY Real Living HER website was redirected to Real Living HER in part because of major changes in early 2011. Even the link that was to my website with my Real Living HER url

The Real Living HER open house list brought to you by Maureen McCabe. Real Living HER Open House List is on my website.  The Real Living HER Open House List is on about other every Real Living HER agents website too... not bad exposure...

The Real Living HER Open house list on Real Living HER website Real Living HER Open House List - company website

The Real Living Search open houses Real Living HER Open House List on the Real Living website...


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Revolting Realtors will NOT be holding your home open...  nor will they be promoting that open house to consumers either but you can count me in for open houses in 2010!

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Jim Crawford
Crye-Leike REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR

Friends don't let friends drink...and do 'Open houses!' Where do I sign up?  LOL!  I just think they are a total waste for time.  Some agents like them because it gives them a sense they are busy. 

Dec 28, 2009 08:55 AM #1
J. Philip Faranda
J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY - Briarcliff Manor, NY

With the exception of a few specialized markets (like NYC) opens are a relic from the pre-internet era. I can get better exposure to my listings by making a killer VFlyer or postlet and syndicating it. 

Dec 28, 2009 08:58 AM #2
Dawn Rueger
Beiser Realty - Oshkosh, WI

I must agree with Jim on this one! Thanks for sharing the other side of the story though...If they work for you and your sellers, more power to you.

Dec 28, 2009 08:59 AM #3
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

WOW -- that IS a lot of comments!  Point is, Open Houses don't typically produce a sale.  If the seller wants to leave for the afternoon that's there call.  The open houses might be a thing of real estate history.   But there's always a few sellers who want to have them.  Open Houses were useful when the Internet didn't have properties at people's fingertips, and they could go out on a nice Sunday drive and view houses.

Dec 28, 2009 09:02 AM #4
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Oh the Open House Zelots, just like Religious or Political Fanatics. I do not preach, I do not creat bandwagons, I just do what works for me:))) After All this is a Free Country:))

Dec 28, 2009 09:02 AM #5
Miriam Bernstein, CRS
Rochester, NY

Loved your post! Particularly love the play on words of the title, ha.  I still do Open Houses but do not believe they produce the results that they used to.  I believe there are some buyers who prefer Open Houses to "bothering an agent" or see a sign and come in.  Yes, the benefit can be for the agent but that's okay isn't it.  Missed his post altogether.

Dec 28, 2009 09:26 AM #6
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Speaking of revolting Realtors

Speaking of Revolting Realtors... I was talking to consumers...  but thanks for the comments I guess...

Not all of you of course.



Dec 28, 2009 10:05 AM #8
Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville

Maureen, thanks for the inspiration for the post I just wrote Be as Revolting as you want- I am still going to do Open Houses!

Let the other agents enjoy their Sundays- it's a work day to me!

Dec 28, 2009 10:23 AM #9
Julia Odom
Select Realty Professionals - Chattanooga, TN
Chattanooga Homes for Sale

The post you reference prompted me to send emails to two of my sellers asking if they wanted me to do open houses for them, along with pros and cons. Haven't heard back from either of them...but I'm happy to do 'em if the sellers want them and they are productive.

Dec 28, 2009 10:29 AM #10
Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area

I hate doing open houses but when my sellers want them I do them. In my company we've actually had success with our Open House A Thons.

Dec 28, 2009 11:26 AM #11
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

I'm with you....I WILL hold Open Houses.

Granted it may not work in some markets but saying a flat out no to all is not being realistic.

That's like saying nationwide statistics are truth for all.

Gimme a break.... Let's see...I had two opens in November...both sold the next week ..... one directly from an Open...the other who saw it before the Open but got their offer in quickly ....

Dec 28, 2009 11:56 AM #12
Steve Shatsky
Dallas, TX

Hi Maureen... I guess this post means that you are something of a rebel... I always suspected as much about you!  Frankly, I think good agents pick what works for them and where their strengths are and focuses their efforts accordingly.  If you have good success with your Open Houses then I say BRAVO!  Have at 'em!

Dec 28, 2009 01:37 PM #13
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Real Living HER Open house list house details

This post which is written to consumers is about the Real Living HER open house list.  I really was not looking for input from other agents.  The property on the Real Living HER Open house list is not just an address, it is the listing of the home (photos, videos, floorplans, whatever is available) as well as links to a map, watch the video... schedule a showing.  

People come to open houses from the list. 

The Real Living HER Open house list brings online traffic to the listings that are featured.  Two agents in my office were putting their PROBLEM listings on the list recently  but then saying in the remarks "by appointment only"  Putting the home on the list requires a time.  Unfortunately the remarks show up on the list but not on the listing.  So on their listing it said for example, "Open 12-6 Sunday October, 11, 2009" and that is not a good thing for buyers who get there and there is no open house.    The two houses were really not good open house candidates... but the listing agents were using the open house list for more traffic.  

Real Living HER's Open House list is the best open house list in Central Ohio.  We have pockets which are GREAT for open houses.

Dec 28, 2009 11:19 PM #14
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

I am closing comments on this old Open House post because of spam.  Consumers are welcome to read similar more recent content about  Home Selling.I'd ask the spambots to just go away!!!

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