To Open Or Not To Open

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

 

To open or not to open.

If you are going to do something in real estate, do it because it works,  because it fits your style and because you are comfortable with it.

The way to do real estate is your way!  Or for me the Rome Way.

But only as long as it is legal, ethical, honest and in the best interest of the client.

 

If you’ve been active on ActiveRain, you see what members are doing, sharing, what works, and why.

You may look at an idea and get a light-bulb moment

like doing impromptu open houses.

 

lightbulb moment

 

Many things are said about Open Houses

Some are: 

-agents love open houses

-agents will never do an open house

-open houses bring in multiple offers

-open houses scare buyers away

- open houses are done to appease the seller

-open houses only get buyers and sellers for the agent

-open houses only bring in noisy neighbors

-open houses must be on the weekend

-open houses must have food 

-open houses are not safe

-open houses have to be planned well in advance

-open houses have to have lots of directional signs

-open houses only work on busy or well-traveled roads

-open houses always work

-open houses never work

-open houses are good for new agents

-open houses sell houses

-open houses never sell the property

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Showing my properties, when there is an appointment, I may do an impromptu one-hour open house. 

 

Easy to put in the MLS:

When scheduling at the last minute, it could be an hour or two. 

 

Easy to prepare:

In my car is always this lightweight open house sign. 

 

open house Margaret Rome

 

It is simple to just put this cardboard sign in the windshield of my car pointing to the house... especially useful if the HOA, Condo or Community does not allow signs on the property.

 

It is unpredictable how many visitors may show up.

Sometimes only the one scheduled showing ...but there have been as many as nineteen on a cold snowy day.  

For me, impromptu open houses have been a successful part of real estate. 

 

 

 

Want to know more about selling your home

Call Margaret Rome

Margaret Rome

 

 

 

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James Dray
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Morning Margaret.

Never tried an impromptu open house. Something to talk about at our next training/meeting session

Sep 01, 2019 02:09 AM #1
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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland those who whine about having very little or no business should buy a "light weight open house sign" and start using it.... there's a healthy stream of business that will flow from that one sign... 

we do open house events every weekend...and we maintain our level of production no matter what the market conditions may be....

but I don't need to tell you this.... you're a prime example of how to maintain a steady flow of inventory and buyers....

Sep 01, 2019 04:08 AM #2
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Margaret - Believe in the concept or forget about it.  This is no time for some half-way attempt at marketing.  Commitment.  To Success.  Or Forget About It.  You continue to show that commitment matters.  

Sep 01, 2019 05:27 AM #3
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Margaret. You are definitely the queen of "impromptu open houses"! And, a successful one at that! Enjoy your day!

Sep 01, 2019 06:21 AM #4
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James Dray If you need any pointers before your next meeting, give me a call.

Sep 01, 2019 06:39 AM #5
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Barbara Todaro More agents should follow you and your examples of consistency.

IF done there is no lull in production no matter the market or the season!

Sep 01, 2019 06:42 AM #6
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And you Michael Jacobs are consistent leaving positive comments. Thank you!

Sep 01, 2019 06:44 AM #7
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Thank you Wayne Martin . For me, they are a no brainer. I'm already at the property, the sign is always in my car. And I have had good results. Happy September!

Sep 01, 2019 06:47 AM #8
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Hi Margaret,
Lots of different opinions about Open Houses.  I had quite a bit of success with them, often writing up offers right on the spot.  However, I'm glad to be retired now and not have to think about them. The safety factor has overtaken all other factors in my mind. 

Sep 01, 2019 10:31 AM #9
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Carol Williams The safety factor is not a concern since I already know there will be another showing at the same time. Hope you are enjoying your retirement! 

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As always a great post Margaret. Open houses can bring in both noisy and nosy neighbors. 😀

Sep 02, 2019 07:31 PM #11
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Good to see you Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900! 

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