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16 Razzle Dazzle Open House Ideas!

Real Estate Agent with Remax First Realty II 0790808

Make Your Open House Stand Out!Sunset

  1. Hold open houses after work or during lunchtime on weekdays.
  2. Hold the open all day long from unconventional times of 9am to 6 pm.
  3. If the property has an amazing view of sunset, hold your Open House during that time.
  4. Provide easy to eat snacks and cold beverages, offer iced tea andIce Tea lemonade or fresh squeezed orange juice in the summer, warm tea or coffee or cocoa in the winter, warm apple cider in the fall.
  5. If it's hot out, have water bottles made with custom labels.
  6. Have your visitors enter a raffle for an Ikea giftcard, a gas card, a cook book, ceramic pots, gardening utensils
  7. Make professional custom packets for the property including a color brochure of the property, neighborhood and school information, an itemized list of annual utility costs,  lists of improvements made, noting the year and cost, and copies of any structural surveys or appraisals you’ve had done within the last year ... OR ... 
  8. Put out the related information on a display board and offer to send a copy to anyone who registers with you.
  9. Put an "Open House" sign with day/time in the yard a few days in advance.
  10. If the home is still occupied try pairing the open with a yard/garage sale.
  11. Put out 30 plus signs from the freeway exits all the way to your listing.Three  CDs
  12. Prepare virtual tour CDs and matching jewel cases.
  13. Invite a mortgage professional to attend and prequalify buyers.
  14. Make up a questionnaire asking visitors for a room by room feedback. Put this on a clip board to carry with them as they go room to room and give them one of your pens with your info on it.
  15. Have a contract completely filled out waiting the buyer's signature.
  16. Put on  a DVD slide show with pictures of the local area and the house with light background music.  


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Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
Rowlett Real Estate School - Panama City, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

You have some great ideas posted.  Thanks for sharing them!

Oct 19, 2013 09:04 PM
Katrina Dew
The 3 Step Realty Group - Tracy, CA
Helping you achieve your Real Estate Goals!

I really liked your item #16, to have a DVD playing on the TV showing neighborhood features.  This idea seems like it will not only provide more information to potential buyers but it will also keep them in the home longer and talking about the neighborhood. Which in turn would give me more opportunity to connect with them.

Another benefit I see with this is drawing in potential sellers who like how I hold a home open and like the added feature of the neighborhood show.

GREAT idea!!

Jan 08, 2014 06:02 AM
Mike Crosby
Mike Crosby Realty - Placentia, CA
Placentia- Yorba Linda Real Estate - 714-742-2897

Doing or not having open houses depend on the market and your strategy.   I did an open house this year had 8 offers  3 all cash and double ended the sale,  closed escrow in 7 days.  Well wourth my time and effort.   I had the contract already prepared and just needed to fill in the details. 

Apr 02, 2014 01:56 AM
Cy Phillips
Space Simply - President & CEO - Clive, IA

Thanks for sharing this! With these helpful tips, anybody will sure become confident in having open houses. 

Apr 02, 2014 05:15 AM
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

Hi Wayne and Jean, just trying to get a few open house ideas that we can possibly use as well. Thanks for sharing as well as your commentors

Apr 09, 2014 12:09 PM
Coto de Caza, CA
Making a Difference...One Family at a Time!

Thank you! Great ideas! #16 is one I'll implement!

Apr 19, 2014 12:57 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Those are great ideas, but one should choose what works best in their community.

As for me, weekday open houses don't work. I experimented different times of the day, different days of the week, but there are very few people will visit during the week. My guess, it is because of L.A. traffic. Middle of the day on Sunday and Saturday work the best.

May 23, 2014 05:55 PM
Melissa Snyder
Keller Williams - Ellicott City, MD

Great tips! I'll be trying some this coming weekend!

Jun 04, 2014 10:48 AM
Ella Reape, Realtor 603-821-1140 ~ Selling Homes Throughout Southern New Hampshire
Keller Williams Realty Nashua NH - Nashua, NH
Luxury Homes Division, Keller Williams

Great suggestions for holding a sucessful open house!

Jun 26, 2014 11:30 AM
Cat Zwicker, CRS
Desert Sky Real Estate, LLC - Redmond, OR
Down to Earth Service; Out of this World Results!

Just the information I was looking for to dust off my old open house hum drums. I'll have to go with a sunset open with some nice BBQ or oven fired pizzas from the patio pizza oven! 


Jul 01, 2014 11:54 AM
Kim Peasley-Parker
AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc. - Sumter, SC

I am adding open houses to several listings.  Several new ideas here. I also am sending out postcards to homes surrounding the listing.

Aug 03, 2014 12:33 AM
Denise Watkins
Samson Properties - Upper Marlboro, MD
Realtor Serving DC and MD

Thank you for the great ideas.  I'm holding an open house this weekend and I will implement some of these ideas.

Aug 20, 2014 04:23 AM
Debbie Stolle
Integrity FIRST REALTORS - Branson, MO

I really like the virtual tour CD to take home like a goody bag. It will be the house remembered and easily revisited or shared with family to get feedback. Really fresh ideas to implement, thanks so much for sharing them!

Sep 24, 2014 01:37 PM
Victoria Beveridge
Tiger Town Realty - Baton Rouge, LA
Making Dreams Come True!

Thanks or sharing great ideas! I will bring some Halloween candy for the kids!


Oct 26, 2014 01:56 AM
DAdrea Davie
Keller Williams Realty - Stockton, CA
Stanislaus & San Joaquin Short Sale Agent

The mere fact that this post is 2 years old and you are still receiving praise for the information provided is a testament to the information provided. Open House is going to be a major part of my 2015 business plan and I will implement some of the ideas that you have provided. Thank you!

Nov 22, 2014 08:02 AM
Jeff Yeats 918.855.9256
McGraw REALTORS in Owasso, Oklaoma (918)855-9256 www.haywoodhometeam.com - Owasso, OK

My 2 favorite tips you gave: have a lender at the open and willing to pre qualify buyers and having utility bill information readily available.  Great ideas!!


Nov 25, 2014 10:52 AM
Claude Labbe
RLAH / @properties - Washington, DC
Realty for Your Busy Life

#13a- have a qualified Insurance representative who can speak to the home, and will be very happy to meet an entire set of buyers who will need home insurance.

Feb 09, 2015 01:03 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Where or how you do custom bottle labels?

I always loved this idea, but those printed yourself does not look good.

Apr 17, 2015 05:32 PM
PRG Real Estate - San Jose, CA
VA Home Loan Specialist - SF Bay Area

Great tips. I will share this with the team. I like #16

May 22, 2015 04:50 AM
Echo Mayernik

I was able to do nice custom labels with canva.com. This program also has options for post cards, fliers, thank you cards and more.

Jul 16, 2015 02:14 PM