3 Tips to Hosting an Open House

Real Estate Agent with PureWest Real Estate RRE-RBS-LIC-79897

Open House

While hosting an Open House yesterday, I thought I'd highlight 3 things to expect and be careful about when it comes to open houses, i.e. what to expect and be careful of when opening the door of someone else’s home to the public.

Have a buddy system.

If you’re not used to open houses or you don’t feel you’re ready for a potential sale, Jeff says to “have a buddy system.” If possible, recruit a veteran realtor who can help you get your bearings during your first open house. If it's a fairly larhe home its always good to cover different parts of the home with a buddy. With large groups they sometimes like to divide and conguer, so stick wth them and keep them corralled. 


Hide the crown jewels!

If you have an occupied open house, be aware of the homeowner’s belongings and valuables- including firearms and prescription drugs. Be sure to get them out of the way and of course, always erro on the side of caution. 


“Remember: with great power comes great responsibility…”

As the fiduciary (or trustee) of the home, the home seller is trusting you with her/his property. Hosting a showing, comes with big responsibility. Avoid disclosing any sensitive information about the homeowner(s) to potential buyers. For example, do not share that the family only uses the home during the summer time as this could lead to potential break-in when the family is out of town.

Now that I shared just a few tips of what to expect and be careful about, it’s your turn what are some dos and don’ts you’d share with realtors new to open houses?

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Comments (3)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Jeff and you nailed it with these three items for sure.  Make it a great week.


Dec 04, 2017 08:30 AM

Great tips. As a new realtor these are great. I also like to have a sign in sheet. Do agents still use these?

Dec 04, 2017 09:37 AM
Jeff Fisher
PureWest Real Estate - Whitefish, MT

Thank you Will. Open houses are always a great way to meet the neighbors and new clients.

Dec 06, 2017 04:38 AM