Tips for Great Open Houses

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ERIE, PA Tips for Great Open Houses


Yes, homes in Erie PA will sell at open house.  Oh yes, there are the naysayers, "Open houses don't work." "Open houses are a waste of time."  And on & on.

Well, I am here to say that open houses do work if you, the agent, work smart.



 ** Select the right property           



  •         High traffic area--not a busy thoroughfare, but popular location for your area
  •     Easy to find location--if you need ten directional signs prospective buyers will give up before they arrive at house
  •     Curb appeal--hosting an open on a property described as 'not a drive-by' won't get 'em inside the open either.  You will observe them driving by . . .  Don't waste your time.
  •      Clean, uncluttered interior
  •          Is the property priced to sell? Even an open house won't sell overpriced property
  •      Do not choose property that has been open numerous times

 ** Advertise


Ad open        Sale   Computer

  •          Signs in front of property and directional signs placed earlier in week (if allowed by local zoning)
  •      Print media including newspaper, postcards, flyers
  •      TV Showcase of Homes  
  •      Social Media to promote upcoming opens
  •      Flyers hand-delivered to neighbors 
  •      Postcards to move-up neighborhoods

   ** Send Invitations

Would you plan a party and not invite people?  Think of your next open house as an open house party.  How might you get the word out?  Who would you send an invitation to?


 ** Spread the News?

  • Postcards
  • E-mail
  • Internet
  • Seller--ask seller to forward flyer about their open house to all their friends & family via e-mail and social media.  


** Who do your invite?                                                       


One of the easiest and least expensive way to send invitation is by e-mail.  Create an open house database.   Send an invitation to your upcoming open houses.  Ask the recipient to forward the e-mail to someone who might be interested in the property you are holding open.  

People forward and re-forward jokes all the time.  Why not your invitation to an open house this weekend?    

  •         Neighbors--they may know someone who wants to live in their neighborhood
  •         Move-up buyers send invitations to neighborhoods most likely to move up in price to this one
  •         Target market: First-time buyers, executives, empty nesters
  •         Your buyer clients and people from past open houses
  •         Friends and family
  •         Past clients


And you say, "My past clients have already bought or sold with me.  My family and friends aren't interested in buying or selling right now.  Why would I want to bug them about my open house?"

Well, just think who is your best "fan base"?  Past clients along with your close friends and family are already sold on the benefits of working with you.  By inviting them to each open house you are keeping your name on the tip of their tongue so to speak.  Let know you could use a little help getting the word out about your open house.


Most Open Houses in Erie area are held on Sunday and occasionally on Saturday or mid-week, called Twilight Open.  

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Upcoming Open Houses in Erie PA Search here

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Yes, open houses do work if you, the agent, work smart.


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Mary Yonkers


      I thought about a Real Estate career for 11 years before I made the decision to get my Pennsylvania Real Estate license in mid-80's.  

      Thirty years later I can say affirmatively that Real Estate has been a fantastic career. 

      Come join me in class soon. Mary Yonkers, Real Estate Instructor


With so many homes for sale in Erie PA, this is the right time to begin your career as a Real Estate salesperson in Erie, PA.

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Mary Yonkers, Real Estate Instructor


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Comments (39)

Kimo Jarrett
Cyber Properties - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Excellent salespeople can sell anything, anywhere, even at open houses but attracting prospects to the open house is the real challenge, isn't it? Great post.

Aug 05, 2016 12:28 AM
Ron Aguilar
Gateway Mortgage Group - Saint George, UT
Mortgage & Real Estate Advisor since 1995

Fail to Plan or Plan to Fail. I have always enjoyed working with agents that will do an OH. But I will not work with one that does not plan the event.

Aug 05, 2016 01:08 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

All of my listings this year have sold within 48 hours...I think I've only done one or two open houses!!! I miss them, actually like to do them!

Aug 05, 2016 05:27 AM
Woody Edwards
First Choice Realty, Inc - Chesterfield, VA
A Realtor® Who Answers His Phone!

After reading your list of "To-Dos", I remember why I like buyers!  LOL

Aug 05, 2016 08:23 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

                                Thanks Mary Yonkers 

Aug 06, 2016 10:50 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Wow! Thanks Kathy Streib I appreciate the compliment.

Aug 06, 2016 11:10 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Mary Yonkers ,

Great tips for open houses. I know real estate is local and not every area are open houses hosted. In my area they are and if done right certainly worth the time and effort. I have sold my listing to a buyer at my open house and I always have prospective sellers coming in to me meet and even schedule an appointment.

Aug 06, 2016 10:54 PM
Mary Yonkers

As you commented Dorie Dillard if opens are done correctly they are definitely worth the agent's time.

Aug 07, 2016 01:02 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hi, Mary!  Your post is on today's list of Last Week's Favorites.  Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Aug 06, 2016 10:57 PM
Mary Yonkers

Wow! I appreciate the honor of being included on your list Patricia Kennedy I will be over shortly.

Aug 07, 2016 01:01 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

We have realtors who think they can time or control the home price by listing 6 times in a row. Each time when getting an offer they decline the offer and take it off the market. Some ignorant walk in bought it after 150 days on the market and expired. If you call your self realtor you better know what you are doing as greed, marketing show you are not doing good job.

Aug 06, 2016 11:43 PM
Mary Yonkers

Sam Shueh Ugh, same issue here.  Unfortunately the unaware buyer may get 'hooked' by less than ethical agent.

Aug 07, 2016 01:06 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Great tips! Congrats on being featured on both Pat and Kathy's posts today too!

Aug 06, 2016 11:43 PM
David Alan Baker | Laveen & South Phoenix Realtor
Keller Williams Realty Phoenix - Laveen, AZ
Your local Expert

Some golden rule tips here, this is a good checklist for sure.

Aug 07, 2016 03:39 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Mary

This is an excellent HOW TO for open houses. It certainly deserved to be featured!


Aug 07, 2016 03:44 AM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

The buyer for each home is out there....whether it's an open house or agent visit. 

Aug 07, 2016 10:58 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

You have provided some excellent tips to have a good open house. The number one is to make sure you choose the right house. Not all houses are good open house candidates.

Aug 07, 2016 11:07 AM
Melissa Jackson REALTOR
Trinity Premier Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

Thank you for sharing these great tips. I do open houses and enjoy prepping for the right ones. 

Aug 07, 2016 02:19 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

These are great tips - the only one I would push back on is the first one. If a seller wants an open house at their home, it doesn't matter where it's located! Making it easy to find becomes our responsibility!

Aug 07, 2016 08:39 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Thanks everyone for comments here.  I will visit your site

Aug 07, 2016 11:01 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Mary

This post should have received a Gold Star and I think maybe The God's were taking a nap, your post has been featured to the group:

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Aug 08, 2016 03:09 PM
Mary Yonkers

Thanks for vote Robert Vegas Bob Swetz and the feature. Your support is always appreciated

Aug 08, 2016 10:54 PM
Sharon Harris
Keller Williams Keystone Realty - Hanover, PA

Great advice ! I have become lazy when it comes to open houses. Maybe I should re think this ?

Aug 09, 2016 08:40 AM
CA COASTAL ESTATES Lauren Selinsky Perez CRS
California Coastal Estates - Aliso Viejo, CA
"Your Real Estate Broker" #oclauren

Excellent tips ! 💚☘

Aug 10, 2016 04:47 PM