Whine! Moan! I Held An Open House And Only The Nosy Neighbors Showed Up!

Reblogger Sybil Campbell
Real Estate Agent with Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia 0225218019

Most realtors have probably had open houses where "nosy neighbors" showed up and the realtor thought of them as just an inconvenience, but we need to think outside the box on this one!!!

I recently had an agent in our office hold one of my listings open because I couldn't do it that Sunday.  She told me that only 3 couples came through and that one couple were neighbors. She didn't ask them to sign in so she doesn't even know their names.  My sellers wanted to know and so did I but she just thought they were "bored', "nosy" or whatever.  She shoud have thought outside of the box on this one, and she might have generated new business. 

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Original content by Patricia Kennedy AB95346

Whine!  Moan!  I Held An Open House And Only The Nosy Neighbors Showed Up!

Um... and this is a bad thing?

Let me share a couple of stories about a little nosy neighbor magic.

I had a new listing and the first weekend held it open Saturday by invitation only just for the "nosy" neighbors.  On Sunday, the Open with the ad in the Washington Post and all that, one of these "nosy" neighbors came by with a co-worker who bought the place.  This has actually happened to me several times over the years.

Another time, the "nosy" neighbors were nosy indeed.  They were nosing around to check out, not the house, but me!  You see, they were planning to list their own house down the street and buying a new one,  and they were secretly auditioning me for the role as their agent.  And I got the part.  I've actually gotten a bunch of listings that way.

Recently, a "nosy" neighbor came to one of my listings, and I wound up making a connection with her and am now helping her son find a place to live.  And something like that has happened more than once.

So when I do an Open House, my conversation about "nosy" neighbors is "BRING THEM ON!"

And, as you might have noticed, this post is just about Open Houses and "nosy" neighbors.  Never mind all of the buyers who come through, sometimes wanting my listing and represented by a colleague, and other times looking for something else.  And many of my buyer clients (who've referred me even more clients) are people I've met at Open Houses.  Let me just say:






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Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
Keller Williams Realty Boise - Nampa, ID

I agree....bring on the Nosy Neighbors!!!! 

Mar 06, 2010 12:00 AM #1
Don MacLean
Simolari & MacLean REMAX EXECUTIVE REALTY - Franklin, MA
Realtor - Homes For Sale - Franklin MA

Nosy neighbors can also be a wealth of information as well as a future client

Enjoy your day.

Mar 06, 2010 12:03 AM #2
Mark Lebkuchner / Home Loan Specialist
Warwick, RI

Too funny!  I've heard similar stories from many of agents I work with.  Sometimes the neighbors make a lasting impression!

Mar 06, 2010 12:06 AM #3
Jim Crawford
RE/MAX Paramount Properties - Atlanta, GA
Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR

I do not do open houses...that is all that has ever showed up.

Mar 06, 2010 12:32 AM #4
Elite Home Sales Team
Elite Home Sales Team OC - Corona del Mar, CA
A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team

I know that some agent do extremely well at open houses but like Jim they have never panned out for me.

Mar 06, 2010 12:40 AM #5
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