Best farming technique that I used.

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Centre Realtors
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I have used different methods to stay in front of home owners in my farm area. I hold open houses for my own listing as well as for other agents from my office who may have a listing there. 

When I have an open house I invite the neighbors as I know they will probably come even if not invited and may sign up giving me wrong phone numbers and email addresses. But if they know they are welcome they will give me their real name and number.

My goal is to sell the house. They may know someone who might want to move there.

If the kids are having a lemonade stand in the neighborhood, I ask their parents if it is OK for the kids to have it outside my listing and I pay for lemonade if people attending my open house buy lemonade. I have done it only if the parents are there with the kids . 

I do not hold many open houses unless the sellers ask me to hold it but if I hold an open house I prefer to do it in my farm area.

 

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Gita Bantwal is a Realtor with RE/MAX Centre Realtors in Bucks County, a Northern suburb of Philadelphia. You can view 1000s of listings on her web site www.GitaBantwal.com

 

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Ron Aguilar
Continental Mortgage - Saint George, UT
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As a Mortgage lender I have always been a huge fan of Open Houses. Sure some agents dislike them but over the course of years it surely is not a waste of time.

Jun 20, 2018 06:47 AM #37
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Patricia Feager
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
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Gita Bantwal - Those are really clever ideas! I love them all, especially the lemon aid stand! And you're right, when you let others, like neighbors surrounding the open house, more than likely they will come and feel welcome.

I really, really like your post and clever ideas!

Jun 20, 2018 10:35 AM #38
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Ron, thank you.

Jun 20, 2018 02:45 PM #39
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Patricia, thank you 

Jun 20, 2018 02:45 PM #40
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Roy Kelley
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Thank you very much, Gita, for sharing some of your successful business practices.

Jun 21, 2018 03:49 AM #41
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Gita Bantwal
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Roy, thank you for reading and for the comment.

Jun 21, 2018 04:12 AM #42
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Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Media, PA
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Gita, Open Houses are a great way to meet people.  I like that lemonade offering to the visitors to your OH.  A great way to connect with the neighbors.

Jun 21, 2018 01:09 PM #43
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Gloria, thank you.

Jun 21, 2018 01:35 PM #44
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John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
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Gita, I consider this post as an "added value" post.

Great use of the neighborhood to add to your open house.

I love the lemonade stand as an addition to your open house. Great idea.

Thanks

Jun 21, 2018 02:30 PM #45
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John, thank you 

Jun 21, 2018 02:37 PM #46
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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I like the lemonade stand idea, Gita!  I can imagine it would add the the Open House experience in your neighborhood, and give it a strong community feel.

Jun 23, 2018 02:48 AM #47
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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Myrl, Thank you for reading. Have a good weekend.

Jun 23, 2018 03:51 AM #48
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Lottie Kendall
Pacific Union International - San Francisco, CA
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Gita, your idea for the lemonade stand in front of your open house is brilliant!

Jun 23, 2018 08:05 AM #49
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
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I love the lemonade idea, and the volunteering to do open houses for other's listings as well. You're the one that's always there, which makes you the one to call.

Jun 23, 2018 10:16 AM #50
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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I too really appreciate the lemonade stand - how creative of you to think of it, Gita. Glad you can turn Open Houses into a great networking opportunity. Here, they aren't really a great big deal - we are lucky to get three or four groups through. D 

Jun 23, 2018 10:35 AM #51
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Gita Bantwal
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Lottie, thank you.

Jun 23, 2018 03:14 PM #52
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Gita Bantwal
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Kat, thank you for reading.

Jun 23, 2018 03:14 PM #53
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Gita Bantwal
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Debb, Attendence  depends on many factors in my market area.

Jun 23, 2018 03:15 PM #54
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Morning Gita, thanks for sharing your tips on open houses.  Making neighbors feel welcome leads to new listings so well worth the effort.

Jul 20, 2018 04:01 AM #55
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Matthew, thank you for reading

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