A Woman's Place Is In The Home (Her New One)

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A Woman's Place Is In The Home (Her New One)

Best Days and Time to Hold an Open House

Although I tried mightily to explain, I couldn't get the homeowner to imagine it could be done any other way. She was adament that open houses were meant to be held on consecutive Saturdays and Sundays and her rationale was delightful.

She envisioned a housewife who would tour homes on Saturday while her husband stayed home to watch sports. If the wife liked what she saw, then she'd drag her husband back on Sunday to see it.
Man is watching T.V.

The concept struck a familiar chord from 1950's T.V., but it was a point of view that immediately struck me as outmoded.

I've been in this industry a few years - but, maybe, not long enough to know if such a mindset was ever prevalent. This couple, mid-80's, were former business owners and savvy about the components to a successful transaction.

Perhaps, it all depends on where you live. Specific open house days or times may be more appealing in certain neighborhoods, but are entire weekends necessary to encompass the above-described, antiquated approach to real estate sales? I don't believe so.

In one of my first real estate courses, a career broker and instructor, plainly said "Sundays 1-3 p.m. - that's it! Nothing else works quite as well."

I've never had any reason to doubt him.

Husbands, come clean. Would you rather be watching the game?



"Man is watching T.V.," courtesy of Hyena reality / FreeDigitalPhotos.net.



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Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Jill,  For me there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason about scheduling.  Some Sundays are great and some Saturdays are great.  I think it is just the luck of the draw personally. 

May 06, 2014 01:52 AM #1
Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

Saturday open houses are awful and Sunday anytime starting at noon for two hours only.

May 06, 2014 02:10 AM #2
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Open Houses are just such a mixed bag? Do many agents actually find the buyers during an open? We really don't normally have that happen around here, unless it's new construction. My clients recently toured a home and wanted to be long gone before the Realtor held her Open House. I guess they are good for trying to find new buyers, but even then, most who wander in say they have a real estate agent. But, if I did an Open,it would be one day - Sunday 1-3PM

May 06, 2014 02:13 AM #3
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Belinda - It seems to be really neighborhood-specific. Some get a lot of traffic, others get nobody.

Liz- yes, I agree.

Debb - My sentiments, exactly.


May 06, 2014 03:08 AM #4
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I find tire kickers and nosy neighbors at open houses. Even a few out to do wrong in a house when you can't keep track of everyone. We have less and less opens Jill, the feeling seems be if you want to see it make an appointment with your Realtor. Now I am all for Brokers Opens.

May 06, 2014 03:28 AM #5
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Jill. I am an advocate of open houses, as we do them for all of our homes we flip. Our conversation rate continues to be very good, so reason to do anything different.

May 06, 2014 07:29 PM #6
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Hi Jill, I've seen a few weekend open houses around here. I don't know how much traffic they received but, depending on the house, I would be willing to give it a try. Just to do things differently and to switch it up a bit.

But I agree with others, some opens are super busy and others are just very slow. Perhaps that's the best reason to try something different?

May 08, 2014 12:38 PM #7
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Sunday afternoons work the best here. But if the neighborhood is new, a late afternoon could be effective too.

May 08, 2014 01:33 PM #8
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

We rarely schedule Open Houses these days Jill. Only when a homeowner asks for one, and then only for 2 hours on a Sunday afternoon...

May 08, 2014 08:32 PM #9
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Noah - I couldn't agree more. Where I live, they're just not as popular as they once were.

Joe - The type of property that's offered also seems to make a difference in the open house turnout. I imagine flips, short sales and such have a lot of unaccompanied prospective buyers.

Andrea - In this case, I wasn't able to talk seller out of what she believed to be true.

Debbie - I'm a fan of late spring/summer early evening opens.

Sheila - They do ask, though, so I'm happy to comply on Sunday afternoons.



May 08, 2014 11:35 PM #10
Jeff Jensen
The Federal Savings Bank/Lending in 50 states - Greenwich, CT

There are some men who would want to be a long for the ride the first time.

May 09, 2014 07:53 AM #11
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I told my agent I didn't want any open houses when we listed our house.  I hate the idea of it.  I hear from local agents that they are not well attended, so it hardly seems worth the effort to me.

May 12, 2014 08:25 AM #12
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Jill, I think some of the timing locale dependent, of course when there are games or golf on it will make some what of a difference.  Local college games especially football can be a death sentence to an open house.

May 16, 2014 09:36 AM #13
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