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Open House Pet Peeve: Balloons

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Greater Princeton

It's Sunday.  I was out showing some homes today. I really try not to work Sundays if I can help it. My family needs some time with me, I need some time off and Sundays are supposed to be set aside for rest. But I was out today with clients. Anyway, I passed an agent putting out her open house directional signs and she had a few balloons tied to the sign. We see this a lot. For some reason, it just makes me cringe. I really don't know why. Maybe it just seems like agents are thinking "hmm, 3 balloons should get the buyers to come, but 5 or 6 balloons will probably get me an offer on the house." Maybe it seems 'unprofessional.' Again I'm not really sure why I find it funny/annoying. Maybe I should lighten up a little, but for some reason I can't put my finger on, those open house sign balloons just get me! Do you have an opinion? Am I missing something?

Kim Wood
The Tech Byte - West Chester, PA
Kim Wood ~ The Tech Byte

I use them sometimes - and sometimes don't. They are a pain in the rear to "operate" as well... however, so many signs are out there these days, that I do believe they make the sign stand out more to bring attention to the Open House.....

So, I think they are a good idea so the Open House doesn't just "blend in"....       I'd like them even more if *I* wasn't the one fighting with them.

Jun 22, 2008 03:43 PM
James Simmons
RE/MAX Greater Princeton - West Windsor, NJ

Kim,

Fair enough, I can see wanting to have your sign stand out from the others, maybe get a little more attention. Thanks for the comment.

Jim

Jun 22, 2008 03:45 PM
Roseann Annis
Prudential Homesale Services Group - Camp Hill, PA

Kim, I like to use balloons to attract people driving by and to promote our company colors, i.e., blue and white.   At my most recent open house, I polled visitors to see how they found the home. Believe it or not, in this age of hi-tech web sites and other real estate marketing tools, most of the folks stated that the signage and balloons  caught their attention.  Another thought...at some street corners, there are so many FOR SALE signs, that the balloons help to signal which homes will be open. The negative aspect of balloons, though, is the impact on the environment- especially if one "gets away."

Jun 22, 2008 04:08 PM
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Balloons help give an open house sign more visibility because of height, and, if there's a little breeze, motion. That being said, I've only seen a couple of agents around the Las Vegas valley use them in the last five years.

Jun 22, 2008 04:19 PM
Linda Lipscomb
Linda Lipscomb RE/MAX Lexington Henderson County TN - Lexington, TN
731-695-1118, Lexington TN Homes

James,

I put balloons on new listings, open houses, price reductions, anything that is new to the market.

I use balloons mainly to cause attention.  And, the fact that is the RE/MAX logo, is an added plus.

Jun 22, 2008 04:25 PM