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Open House, to do or not to do???

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Real Estate Agent with Remax Synergy

Most sellers feel like an open house is part of "what we do", but in many markets open houses have become a thing of the past due to safety issues and sometimes even scams.  In one of my popular areas to sell here in Denver, (and it is in a nice neighborhood), there were two couples working together, one would talk to the agent in the kitchen, asking many questions about the property, while the other couple went upstairs to look for jewelry, perscription drugs or anything interesting to swipe from the home.

 

You have to make this decision yourself, but if you are in a busy active area, and let your clients know when you list the home, they need to remove or hide in a safe place all of their valuables, just in case you have this happen, then you can have a successful open house.

 

If you think "I'll be so bored", not necessarily.  Bring your I-Pad, Phone, and a few magazines.  Think of this as a way to catch up, or clean out your e-mail inbox, while waiting for the crowds to appear.

 

You may just run into a buyer without a realtor and kill two birds with one stone.

PS - Don't forget the cookies, mini water bottles and a stack of your cards, as well as property brochures.  Some agents have a sign up sheet, but I don't like to do that, I know it makes people uncomfortable, so I prefer talking to the walk in buyers - if they need an agent and feel like we have a connection, my cards are sitting right there on the counter.

 

Kathy

Comments (3)

William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Open's work best in new housing developements and are safer and less issues with theft.

May 20, 2017 09:00 AM
Linda Blumenthal
631-819-2913 - Westhampton Beach, NY
NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR

You always have to be so careful.  Good warning for all.  

May 20, 2017 10:26 AM
Michelle Edwards
Realty One Group Trilogy - San Bernardino, CA
Licensed Realtor® in California and Nevada

Another tip is to avoid doing open houses alone.  Thanks for sharing!

May 20, 2017 06:55 PM