Open Houses - The Controversy

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The first "EVER" post, inspired and compiled entirely from other members' Blog Title's regarding the "Open House", and it's obvious Controversy!

I heard about The Best Open House List in Town, isn't real estate still local?  Wouldn't you like to know more on HOW TO GENERATE BUSINESS FROM AN OPEN HOUSE!?  Some of you may even be asking yourself  Why Open House is a Waste of Time and What You Should be Doing Instead, feeling that it's an absolute waste of time.  Open House, Closed House, Safe House, there's nothing in it for me and they don't work!! 

Open Houses...Think Outside The House!  Maybe if you take A Fresh Approach To The Open House, you might have more success.  Some have even figured out how to create the urgency MAYDAY! MAYDAY! OPEN HOUSE S.O.S.!  It sure caught my attention.  Everyone knows that OPEN HOUSES - NOT FOR THE TIMID - PROS NEED ONLY APPLY. But here, you'll find that SELLING HOMES IN A SLOW MARKET - THIS AGENT HAS IT RIGHT!!  I have always wondered about Open Houses: Waste of time or Savvy marketing technique??  Some members believe in them so much, they create Efficient Local West Michigan Spring Time Open House Search 's for their areas.  Oh the controversy!!  Don't you wish there was an Agent Open House Tutorial?  Maybe this article will help give you at least  5 Reasons why Realtors should co-host open houses with a mortgage professional! or even a List of 26 Open House Tips for Realtors®.  Is anyone looking for A Great Article For Buyers on Attending Open Houses?

I guess if you wonder Who does open houses? You'll definitely find out here.  A Tale of Two Open Houses will shed some light on the whole concept.  How about the Open House Flyer – Ideas to Maximize This Simple, Useful and Inexpensive Real Estate Tool , Denise Says: Open Houses are the Dying Diamond of Real Estate.  I guess if you're always Making the best of Open Houses, they might make cents...  We are all looking for The Real Deal on Open Houses | Do They Really Provide Results, so look no more!  It's all here!!  The controversy of How to hold an effective "Traditional Open House", may be over...or NOT!  If you have that question,  Is an Open House Right for You? I hope you'll find the answer here.  If you do hold "Open Houses",  I hope you'll find out  How to make your public open house a success! Everyone wants Open house secrets for the millionaire Realtor!  If you feel Preparing your home for an Open House, is a waste of time, then you might want some Open House Tips.  

Whether you feel Open Houses Are A Waist Of Time For Sellers  and they are a Waste of a Sunday....The Public Open House, or that Hosting an Open House  the right way, might be Creating Captivating Open Houses!  I think this will be a creative post in helping you Prepare for your Open House!!  The question Open houses. To do or not to do. will probably remain a mystery forever, so before you Schedule An Open House...When? be sure to read these links!  This way, the comments alone from posts like: Open Houses: Do they really sell homes? will help you make that final decision.  I hope you'll be able to determine if Open houses; a worthless waste of everyone's time or a great selling tool???  Personally, I Love Open Houses!  

The "Open House" question will always exist, but my question to you is, How do you feel about Open Houses? and What Do You Do To Advertise Your Open House?  In many cases,  Open Houses - Seize the Opportunity!  With this post, you might even Increase Your Open House Conversion Rate!

I'm not trying to change the world here, just trying to help you decide if your world needs change!?!  The "Open House" is what sold my last two residences, one in California and one in Hawaii.  Also, I bought my current home from an "Open House"  Are you HONEST about Open Houses? 

                             Brad Andersohn - The Escrow Guy

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Joan - Not You!!  LOL! :-)  I think that's a first!

Inside Richmond Real Estate - this IS a REAL ESTATE ART PROJECT!!  Thanks!

Bob and Carolin - I bet you say that to all the bloggers on AR.  Thanks for your comment!!

Marty - thanks for sharing your comment, and your "1" success!  What if you were to try and replicate that experience? Just a thought, how would you be able to do that? Hmmm.

 

Sep 11, 2007 04:38 AM #51
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Thesa Chambers
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Brad - I did not click every link - but I did love the concept - wow - that was a ton of work.... thanks for sharing - I will be back to take a closer look
Sep 11, 2007 03:45 PM #52
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Brad, WOW, what a list! You sure do spend a great deal of time on putting your posts together!  I'm very impressed!  Thanks for all your efforts!  Bookmarked and a Five!
Sep 11, 2007 04:27 PM #53
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Thesa - yes...a ton of work, but fun creating it!  Never did a post like this, thought it would be different and a bit of a challenge....and it was!  Thanks for reading, commenting, and I think you'll get some GREAT info from the links in the post!  :-)
Sep 11, 2007 07:58 PM #54
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David - this is one of those posts that took more time than I cared to spend, but I did love the challenge and also having the freedom to be creative like this.  I have not seen a post quite like it, and wanted to see what kind of response it would get.  Thanks for recognizing the time and effort that went into it!! :-)
Sep 11, 2007 08:05 PM #55
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Brad, you are a bad influence on all of us. You just keep raising the bar. When will good enough be good enough again? How can I read all these posts? How could you? This is over-whelming.

Just  so you know, I bookmarked this tremendous resource. You work was not in vain. Thank you.

And David Stewart  your comment should be a post by itself. Just copy and paste it to your blog.

Bill Roberts

Sep 13, 2007 02:50 AM #56
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Rick and Lynn Orze
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Wow Brad...we are very excited that you included one of our posts about open houses in your blog. That has never happened before! You are awesome!!! Quite a list you have going here!!! You obviously did some research on this one!! It was kind of fun to read all the different entries! Thanks for sharing!
Sep 14, 2007 10:48 AM #57
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Bill - I'm a bad boy!!  I have to raise the bar because I just can't limbo under it! LOL!  I'll try to back it down a bit, and still keep them interesting...NOT!!!  I agree about David's comment, it would make a great post eh? :-)
Sep 15, 2007 02:39 AM #58
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Hi Rick and Lynn - glad you had an "Open House" post I could include. And thanks for including a title I could work with.  The most difficult part was creating sentences with others titles, and trying to make the whole thing make cents!.....I mean sense! haha
Sep 15, 2007 03:27 AM #59
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Cute - My husband once did a letter to the editor about a federal politician using all the headlines about said politician in the Toronto Papers. It was a blast.
Sep 26, 2007 11:49 AM #60
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Kathy - these types of posts and articles do take time and are a lot of fun, this one actually has a ton of great value in that the links are all open house related and really help the reader to decide if open houses work and if they are right for selling homes in this or any market.  Glad you could relate to the effort here. Thanks you husband for me!  LOL!!  :-)
Sep 26, 2007 05:19 PM #61
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Well I guess you missed mine....... Open House tips .  oh well.
Oct 03, 2007 04:47 PM #62
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Rosemary - I did get one titled Open House Tips, I'm sorry it wasn't yours, I'll get ya next time ok? It was very difficult to put this post together using nothing but other members title's about open houses. I know you understand! :-) Thanks! 
Oct 03, 2007 05:07 PM #63
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Hi Brad

I agree that Open Houses can be a great way to pick up buyers and sellers and give yourself some lowcost marketing exposure.  I've been successfully using them to build my business and I believe so strongly in them that I even wrote a information product/book on them that is being sold by The Agent Guide.  Where I share all my secrets and templates!

Cheers -

Michelle Blue

Dec 10, 2007 09:28 AM #64
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Michelle - I work with a local Broker who's entire success was built on open houses.  As I said in my post here, it will always be controversial.  It's nice to see that yo have taken the skill of the open house and placed it into a book for others to benefit. 

I bet if you read all my links, you'd see it would make for an excellent book too! :-) Thanks for commenting, I'll leave your link for others to access if they are interested.  I've put a tag and tracer on it just to see how many will ever read these comments, and then click on the link to your book.  Then I'll send you my bill for the 20% referral fee for advertising on my Blog! LOL!  ;-) Have a great week Michelle.

Dec 10, 2007 12:50 PM #65
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Wow!!  I was seeing double.
Dec 11, 2007 02:15 AM #66
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Latonia - LOL!  :-)
Dec 12, 2007 02:44 PM #67
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JL Boney, III
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Very creative Brad. This must have taken you forever to do dude. The open house controversy will continue as long as there are Realtors and open houses. It's all a matter of opinion and personal preference I guess.

Jul 30, 2009 10:09 AM #68
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Thanks for stopping by and for the comment JL - Yes, it did take quite some time and more creativity than I normally have. LOL~ 

It really is a matter of opinion, all the houses I have ever bought and sold in my lifetime came from open houses.  I am a believer that there is value in open houses, and just like your recent post states, you have to be aware and keep your eyes open for those specific and unforeseen opportunities. They do exist but it will forever remain a contraversy.  That's ok, I say let it.  :-)

Jul 31, 2009 01:48 PM #69
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I'm sure that I don't have to explain to you that I am no stranger to controversy. I have always said that people should do what works for them. It's like scripts, I suck at them and can't use them to save my life. Put in front of people at an open house and let me wing it, I'm good to go every time.

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