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Holiday House Hunting

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Los Angeles-Brentwood

On Saturday, December 17, 2011, I hosted an open house on 21812 Lopez Street, Woodland Hills, California 91364.  It was a single family detached residential, 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home, 1,843 square feet (per tax assessor's data), situated on a hill in a quiet cul-de-sac area, listed at $409,000, a few blocks west of Topanga Canyon Boulevard, MLS number F11155191.  I would like to thank the listing agent for allowing me to do the open house. 

Although it's the holiday season, buyers are including house hunting in their schedule.  After strategically placing my signs on the streets, I decided to stop in at the Starbucks Cafe located at Dumetz and Topanga Canyon Boulevard.  It's situated in a small strip mall, with a few mom and pop shops.  When I walked in the store, I saw that many folks were sitting, talking, computer surfing, relaxing and sipping their favorite brew.  The cafe had a nice community feel to it.  I would have stayed, but it was nearing 1:00 pm and I did not want to be late opening up.

As I was driving up the hill towards the cul-de-sac, I noticed two gentlemen getting out of a car at the bottom of the hill.  I parked near the home, retrieved my backpack and walked towards the entrance.  I pulled out my key and unlocked the door.  I turned and saw both men walking towards the home.  I yelled towards them and invited them to view the home.  They were driving in the neighborhood and saw my signs.  One was looking to buy home in that area.  Both toured the home and expressed an interest.  Although I was opened from 1-4 pm, I had 14 visitors.  Buyers know that there is less competition during the holiday season.  In addition to mall shopping and event hopping, house hunting is on the list of things-to-do.  Holiday house hunting is alive and well in Woodland Hills, California.

Take care and thank you for commenting.

Comments(10)

Michele Cadogan 917-861-9166
Fillmore Real Estate 2990 Av U, Bklyn , NY 11229 - Brooklyn, NY
Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker -

 

Joanne,

Hosting Open Houses during the Holiday Season is always a wondeful experience; Families with resolutions of having a new home for the new year are out and seriously looking.  Wishing you many contracts and all the best for the new year.

Dec 18, 2011 10:07 AM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Joanne, 14 visitors at an Open House is very impressive. If only half of them buy, it's still would have been a Great Day for you. Keep on working those Open Houses.

Dec 18, 2011 01:26 PM
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

That is an excellent response to your open house for ANY time of the year. I showed today. You're right. There are still buyers out there!

Dec 18, 2011 02:43 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Good morning!  I find the serious buyers are out during the holidays.  Lookie Lou's are too busy shopping etc to bother with open houses and calling just to be calling.  May the force of real estate be with you my friend.

Dec 18, 2011 10:12 PM
Joanne Louise Stevens
Keller Williams Realty Los Angeles-Brentwood - Los Angeles, CA
Realtor - Serving Brentwood and Surrounding Cities

@Michele:  I agree with you.  Many realtors slow down during this time of year for various reasons.  Some leave town on extended vacations while others remain in the area and just don't work that hard during the holiday season.  When the schools close, they prefer to remain at home with their children, which is great for them.  

I like what I do, so working during the holidays is not a problem for me.

Thank you for commenting Michele.  I appreciate it.  Have a Blessed Christmas!

Dec 19, 2011 02:47 AM
Joanne Louise Stevens
Keller Williams Realty Los Angeles-Brentwood - Los Angeles, CA
Realtor - Serving Brentwood and Surrounding Cities

@Jerry:  Thank you for commenting Jerry.  Actually people were interested in the home, but there were a few issues relating to the property.  You know that the buyers are interested when they stay a little longer and look a little harder.  I am still doing my follow-up.  

Have a great week Jerry.

Dec 19, 2011 02:50 AM
Joanne Louise Stevens
Keller Williams Realty Los Angeles-Brentwood - Los Angeles, CA
Realtor - Serving Brentwood and Surrounding Cities

@Joni:  Buyers know that there is less competition for properties during the holiday.  They are shopping for a home for Christmas!  Now that's a present!  Imagine starting the new year off in a new home.  

Thank you for commenting Joni!  Love your blogs.

Dec 19, 2011 02:53 AM
Joanne Louise Stevens
Keller Williams Realty Los Angeles-Brentwood - Los Angeles, CA
Realtor - Serving Brentwood and Surrounding Cities

@John:  You are absolutely right!  Even the investors are looking at properties on the market.  Two groups who toured the home were investors and most likely had a realtor working for them.  It's a great time to buy a home!  Thank you John for your kind words.  May you have a Blessed Christmas!

 

Dec 19, 2011 02:55 AM
Digital Digital
Alachua, FL
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Hi Joan,
That's a fantastic turnout, especially for the holidays. Keep up the good work.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Dec 22, 2011 05:01 AM
Joanne Louise Stevens
Keller Williams Realty Los Angeles-Brentwood - Los Angeles, CA
Realtor - Serving Brentwood and Surrounding Cities

@Wandanna:  Yes even I was surprised!  I was fairly busy.  It was a good day.

 

Thank you for commenting.  Merry Christmas to you and have a Happy New Year

Dec 24, 2011 11:49 AM