Mother's Day Open House

Real Estate Agent with 10 YRS with Active Rain ! Illinois # 475.138548



Mothers Day, I held an open house and i was criticized by some of my peers for even trying on such a holiday. I always believed, try the unusual..what do ya have to lose>??

I was quite surprised when I had two families 'stop by" and one of them appeared extremely interested. In fact, invited other familiy members to join. Next thing I knew, i had like 6 members of one family at my open house.

A little over whelming I would admit....and my years of experience triggered a warning in me....This could be a "scam"..?..It just seemed too good to be true...When you have so many walking around in different directions thru-out the's awkward keeping control. They even had their dog leased to front porch of property.

I took control and insisted , they all s

tayed with me thru out the property. The only thing I was able to offer, was let's all go outside and talk or to have them all sit in the living room. After viewing the property.

After about 1 hour or so of

serious dialogue, they left and wanted time to discuss before taking any further action.

So what was accomplished.....?

  • I proved,  Holiday Open Houses are worth the effort.
  • I gained another prospective buyer or two from same family
  • I demonstrated i'm a serious representative on behalf of my seller
  • I impressed myself with 'large crowd control" tactics
  • I exposed, positive, creative service to neighbors..perhaps influential to gain another listing

Of course, Open Houses do not sell much by % of success. Only 1% actually generate a  sale here in Illinois. But why not give it a try...Next, Im thinking I'll execute creative "OPen House" strategy with Short Sale listings.

After all, Im a firm believer, Real Estate is a "contact sport"......

Best Wishes, Mike


Comments (3)

Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

Nice to hear you had notable traffic at your open house. And sounds like you handled it well!

May 20, 2012 12:00 AM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Mike:  Holidays are not celebrated quite like they used to be, so why not give this a try??  Families are spread all over ... divorces .. a million others things stand in the way of traditional celebrations.  This family chose to be active together in an unconventional way.  Good for you!

I especially like the last line "real estate is a contact sport!"  Amen to that ..  and kudos to you for hosting this Open House and handling this resulting situation.  Hope the home's sale goes well ...


May 20, 2012 10:22 AM
Mike Schneider
10 YRS with Active Rain ! - Lake in the Hills, IL

Brenda: after sooo many years in the industry...i dont think anything really shocks me....but..just when i think i got it all under control.....BAMMMM. !!!   No shock..just surprises !  Thanks for wishes

Gene: I cannot wait till "Father's Day"....who knows what that will generate ! Thanks for the kind words..and support...appreciate that...and continued success to you also.

May 20, 2012 10:56 AM