Open House Junkies

By
Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox and Roach Realtors

It should come as no surprise that some people do not have a life. They can be found, every Sunday at the same place. Your Open House. They are neighbors, half-serious buyers, and some are all around busy bodies. Some you will see for YEARS, doing the open house circuit..week after week, after week- as if one of their hobbies that they might list on a job application would be "Open House looking"....

Now allow me to be the first to admit that I fall into this catagory. I love going to Open Houses. And the first thing I head for? The photos. Come on...tell the truth- you are an open house junkie, and you make a B-Line for the pictures on the wall, in the living room, and on the bureau in the family room as well- Don't you? I thought so....

Half the fun of going to an open house is seeing how other people live. From their decorating tastes, to the trinkets and chachki's littering their lives- I want to know who these people are, and how they live. Don't show me the kitchen. I don't care about the lovely new side by side Amana refrigerator. I am not interested in the stain resistant wall to wall carpeting. If I had X-ray vision, I would peek inside their drawers and closets too, but I know the boundaries of a good open house junkie. And I don't make negative comments inside someone else's house- even when the place is a total piece of crap, is grossly overpriced, and was last cleaned back when telephones had cords, and Duran Duran was on MTV.

Yes, I am one of the good "addicts". I am actually one of the people you WANT inside your open house. I often make nice comments for other, more serious buyers to overhear. "Oh, I love the flow of the living room / dining room area", and "wow, what a great location". I even bought a house last year while doing my Open House circuit. I didn't mean to, but I feel in love with the place, and had to have it. This time though, I was bad mouthing the place, aloud, as I didn't want the other perspective Open house "lookers" to see the good side of this place. So here I sit, in my new house, writing this blog on a Sunday morning, wondering how many "junkies" I am going to encounter at the Open Houses I am sitting this afternoon.

Mark Wade  Prudential Fox and Roach Realtors Philadelphia www.CenterCityCondos.com

Comments (3)

Hope Goss
Ventura Property Shoppe - Ventura, CA
Ventura Real Estate

I've had plenty of repeat offenders through my open houses over the years.  Before I was an agent, I had a hard time not stopping to take a look - that's when i decided I might like to try real estate!

Jun 08, 2008 01:33 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Everyone has a hobby..wandering thru open house modulars and model homes give folks ideas of what they want to do with their homes or they could decide to buy that open house...would not suggest they need to get a life.  They hopefully will buy a home eventually or form a relationship with Joe /Josephine Broker that they will turn to as the local expert in the real estate field!

Jun 08, 2008 01:36 AM
Brian Schulman
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552

I don't do open houses any more.  When I did, I noticed a very consistent phenominon.  The very first and the very last visitor were invariably useless. 

The first visitor would be trying to get in before I was even set up.  These were the professional open house "tire kickers".

The last visitor was someone who had already visited 20 other open houses, and wanted me to stay open even after I had taken down the signs and was trying to leave - so they could see #21.

Jun 08, 2008 01:56 AM