Open House Treats During Covid Times

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Today our buyers wanted to drop by to look at the house they had put on offer on yesterday and was accepted last night. One of the buyers hadn't seen the home yet (which is quite normal for our area). They are so excited!  The home was totally remodeled, which is exactly what they were looking for. The LA let me know another agent would be holding it open. And that was just fine for the buyers. It was a perfect 75-degree day in Phoenix!  Lots of people were out and about looking at open houses today.

The agent holding it open had all the proper things we need during these Covid days, mask, wipes, sanitizer for hands. What surprised me is he had some home baked goods out with treats. He had made a lovely presentation that said 'welcome'.  He cordially offered some to all of us. None of us chose to take any but it was nice of him to offer. Personally, I'm not in favor of offering having food at open houses these days. It doesn't seem like the best thing to do.  Not that I'm living fear but rather putting safety first for all our clients and others who are around us.

 

Open House Treats During Covid Times?  What are your thoughts?

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Anna old habits are hard to break.  The smell of fresh baked chocolate chip cookies use to be hard to resist.  But these days it probably is not a good idea.

Jan 17, 2021 01:17 PM #49
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Hey there Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker I remember when every open house baked cookies. One day they will be again

Jan 17, 2021 02:10 PM #50
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it used to be normal Chris Ann Cleland  for quite awhile and then it went out of fashion which is fine by me!

Jan 17, 2021 03:56 PM #51
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Hi George Souto for sure not a wise move at this time!  But the smell of cookies always did make people feel comfortable and welcome.

Jan 17, 2021 03:57 PM #52
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I'm guessing so too Rocky Dickerson!

Jan 17, 2021 03:57 PM #53
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Hi Anna- Covid or not, I'm not sure, if I were a seller, that I would want people eating food in my home....crumbs, spills, etc. 

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Interesting, Anna! So, first, I would have served them in individual wrappers. We do have open houses with food & drinks but, since COVID, only bottled water is served.

Now, the BIG question (and I can't believe no one has asked this - or I just missed it) - why was an agent having an open house after the house was already under Contract. Did they not have enough buyers to get a back-up already?!! 

I'm thinking the agent was new and wanted to try to snag a few buyers by sharing a list of similar properties, saying, "Let's schedule an appointment when I leave here to go see these. This one just went under Contract!" Not a bad tactic for agents who are new, I suppose.

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No food Anna but I do offer water in the fridge that was handled carefully!

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Hi Kathy, I hear you!  It was common back in 'the day' but so isn't happening on my watch right now.

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Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS agreed!

 

As for the open house a few asked me about it.  The open was advertised and the agent I think was newer and looking for buyers.  Didn't bother us at all.  And he was very cordial and did a great job with the folks coming for the open.

 

PS just sent you an email to your savvybroker address!

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Hi Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! Water yes!  Sanitizer on hand just in case!

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My father used to fly first class and business class when it was not "trendy" just saying Gwen Banta  now it is the smart way to travel:)Endre

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Thanks, Anna, for sharing this experience. 

I have not attended an open house during this pandemic.

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We are still restricted from having open houses in Washington State other than virtual open houses Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker 

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Endre Barath,

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The house itself should be enough of a treat. No food. The least amount of contact...the better. Glad your contract was accepted Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker ...lucky buyers!

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Will Liquor Be Served At Your Open House?

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Nice gesture but no cigar.

I will leave all Clorax, disinfectant, wipes at the house for next home owners. Please make your best offer. Thanks.

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Someone asked me if I was interested in having Clorax on the rocks.  I realized it was just a joke.

All the best,

Sam

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Someone the other day just reminded me of when we served alcohol at open houses and Brokers opens I'm glad they ended that in the state of Washington or at least in my MLS Anna...

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