Competing with God for home buyers...

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP 0524642
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Open houses are almost always on the weekend. But "which day" is better/more productive is almost always up for debate and even a potential argument, depending on who you're talking to.  A few days ago a buddy of mine got himself into a mouthy conversation about holding open houses w/some fellow Realtors friends of mine. 

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Personally I prefer to hold an Open between 11-2 on Saturdays, and never on Sunday's. I don't like competing with church or the NFL. Many people consider Sunday the Lord's Day and that means church, family time and mostly relaxing, not working or driving around to open houses. I work, play and enjoy my weekends, so either day for working is fine for me. I believe you take advantage of employment opportunities 7 days a week.  But that's just me. I simply see Sunday's as less productive for traffic.

What day has been more productive for you as a Realtor? 

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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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Open houses are important in my area. I generally hold Sat and Sun, 1:00-4:00 the first weekend, often Sunday only the next. We get 30-40 and more groups through each day, but Sunday is the big one.

Oct 20, 2017 09:10 PM #16
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James (Jim) Lawson, DBA
DomainRealty.com LLC - Bonita Springs, FL
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I have always felt that Saturday is recuperation day from the work week and getting tasks and projects done. This leaves Sunday morning for worship and afternoon for open houses or other activities if not looking to buy a home.    

Oct 20, 2017 09:51 PM #17
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Betsy N. Robinson - Serving the Sandhills, NC
Everything Pines Partners, LLC. - Whispering Pines, NC
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I love to do public Open Houses!  To spread our advertising dollars and give potential Buyers a choice we always do Saturday 11-2 and Sunday 1-4.  Last week was beautiful - we had an inviting waterfront property, same turnout both days, and the result was an "under contract" offer and two new listings and two new future Buyers.  Great ROI return for six hours of Open House visiting!

Oct 21, 2017 05:27 AM #18
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Tim Maitski
Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage - Atlanta, GA
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Unrelated to the post.  I saw the "do it" video of Art Williams on your side bar.  That has always been one of my favorite speeches.  It's always a good refresher to listen to him.  Thanks.

Oct 21, 2017 07:19 AM #19
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Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417
United Real Estate - Addison, TX
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I prefer Sundays, but before God's team (the Cowboys) takes the field.

Oct 21, 2017 07:28 AM #20
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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

I like the Saturdays too. Some sellers ask you to do them both days. Sunday afternoons usually don't interfere with church but you are right, the TV on Sunday is tuned into football as it can be on Saturday with the colleges in the Fall.

Oct 21, 2017 10:42 AM #21
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Anthony Kirlew
Keller Williams Legacy One Realty - Gilbert, AZ
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Great job on the title.. you got my attention and when I opened it up, it all made sense.

I recall going to a church where he had a fair amount of Realtors. And you knew it because they were the ones who not only got up to leave for their open houses before the service was over, but they also got a pass for doing so (assumedly because they were all faithful givers) :-)

I don't practice real estate any more in the sense of directly working with buyers and sellers (I do marketing), but if I did, I have to say doing Open Houses would not excite me. I did them years ago because I was told "it's what you do" but I never enjoyed them and although I had success in the business, I rarely if ever had success with my Open Houses. Years later, I now know tht I set myself up for failure with the preconceived mindset that they didn't work (oh how I wish I understood the law of attraction in my real estate days) :-)

Oct 21, 2017 02:13 PM #22
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Gordon Crawford
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Greg, I like your prospective.  Always another way to look at things.  We try to think out of the box and try new things.  We have done evening open houses, afternoon commuter open houses, but in the finally analysis, Sunday still seems to attract more buyers.

Oct 22, 2017 05:33 AM #23
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Mary Jo Quay
Remax Results - Edina, MN
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I mistakenly think that weekends might be my time. Saturday is when everyone is doing errands, events and shopping.  I've given up Saturday opens because traffic is much weaker than Sunday afternoons.  I usually do 2-4, with the heaviest traffic after 2:30. I've already spoken with God by then, and hope that some of the buyers have too.

Oct 22, 2017 08:19 AM #24
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M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
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You got me with your title Greg...then gave me a smile with the phrase "competing with church or the NFL."      Reading the comments, it seems the success of Saturday versus Sunday varies based on regional differences.    For the standard 1-4 pm timeframe, around here there's always a flurry right between 1 and 2, a quiet hour between 2:30 and 3:30, followed by a rush of people at the last minute or even late.

Oct 22, 2017 10:13 AM #25
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Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
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Your market and marketing IMO will determine the success of activity or attendance regardless of the day or time at open houses. Buyers will wait in line to buy something that is of value to them, so if only three buyers attend, only one can buy the property, right? I quit watching the NFL and God is always with me as He is with all of His children.  

Oct 22, 2017 02:23 PM #26
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John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Greg, I do a lot of Open Houses and love to do them. I have held them on every day of the week and varied times of the day.

I do not do Sunday and very seldom even show buyers homes on Sunday.

I have very little complaint from the consumer about my practice.

Saturdays, work very well for me.

Oct 23, 2017 07:16 AM #27
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Great post Greg.  I agree 100% that Saturdays are a better day.  Sundays are more relaxing and reflecting to most.  Have a great week!

Oct 30, 2017 02:47 PM #28
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Cheryl Johnson
Highland Park, CA

In some areas, college football on Saturday is as big as NFL on Sunday.  Anyway I have saved searches set up for all the local teams, both pro and college, and try not to schedule in conflict with any major games.

Nov 05, 2017 10:41 AM #29
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JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

I have not done an open house in a while, but I prefer Saturday as well. I'd rather relax with the family on Sunday if I can too.

Dec 12, 2017 04:16 PM #30
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I agree. Totally about you not feeling secure in who you are when people do this and it’s sad to see

Dec 28, 2017 11:59 PM #31
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
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It’s just never a good idea to compete in that way as I’ve said in the previous time I posted about this on here.

Dec 29, 2017 11:24 PM #32
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
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It’s just never a good idea to compete in that way as I’ve said in the previous time I posted about this on here.

Dec 29, 2017 11:25 PM #33
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

It’s just never a good idea to compete in that way as I’ve said in the previous time I posted about this on here.

Dec 29, 2017 11:25 PM #34
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
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It’s just never a good idea to compete in that way as I’ve said in the previous time I posted about this on here.

Dec 29, 2017 11:25 PM #35
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