Real Estate Open House Surprises

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Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) DRE# 00949880

I do enjoy hosting open houses and many times I am surprised at the conversations that I have with those visiting the house.  Mary Margaret helped me stage a house a few years ago.  She added a very large, very nice Scrabble board made by Restoration Hardware on the living room coffee table, then she added words like, home sweet home, to the board.  I thought it was a little over the top, but every person that came through the door that day loved it and had to talk about it.  It is a fun way to get visitors to loosen up and enjoy the open house.

When we put our home on the market a couple of weeks ago, we had removed all of our furniture so there was no place to put the Scrabble board.  I was a little worried that I did not have my "ice breaker,"  but everyone did want to talk.  They just did not want to talk about the things I thought they would want to talk about; the new shutters, the renovated bathrooms and kitchen, the new pool tile and plaster, the larger yard than usual for the neighborhood, the newer floors, or the relatively new crown molding in some of the rooms.  I was surprised at what they wanted to talk about.  My window sills!

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             eXp Realty of California, Inc

Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, e-Pro

Past Client Testimonials   

3412 Babson Drive

Elk Grove, CA 95758

RayRHenson@gmail.com

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Comments (34)

Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Good morning, Kathy Streib.  I have really never seen granite window sills anywhere else, but I have seen window sills that are tiled.  I was lucky my granite guys shared the idea with me and that we had enough extra granite to do all the sills, but one.  It does look really sharp, there is very little maintenance and it holds up to condensation running down on the sills, if you have that problem.

May 20, 2022 08:22 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Good morning, Endre Barath, Jr. I do not know why, but I get little extra business from my open houses.  It does consolidate many of the showings, if I do them at good times and that makes it easier for my clients, especially if they are living in the house.  As an agent, I think I am an acquired taste. 😎

May 20, 2022 08:25 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Good morning, Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400.  We were supposed to close this coming Monday, but we will have to extend the escrow a few days next week so hopefully next Th or Fri.  Thank you for asking!

May 20, 2022 08:26 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Thank you, Brian England.  I learned years ago to listen to Mary Margaret.  That is the sole source of my genius.  😉

May 20, 2022 08:27 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

And thank you so much for stopping by, Roy Kelley.  I hope you are having a wonderful day!

May 20, 2022 08:28 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

I love the idea, it's impressive, thank you for that Ray! Window seals are dust catchers and hard to clean if neglected. 

May 23, 2022 09:39 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

I think you probably now, Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, but I was a painting contractor for decades and window sills could really get damaged by moisture.  Tile or granite make that problem and their maintenance almost obsolete.  Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.  Have a great week!

May 23, 2022 09:45 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Yes, your painting expertise shows well in the video, well done Ray!

May 23, 2022 09:56 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Raymond:

I think the scrabble board is a great idea!

Guess we can always learn something about what appeals to potential buyers coming through an open house and what the conversation will focus on. We should not make assumptions!

Jeff

May 28, 2022 07:43 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

It is funny, Jeff Dowler, CRS, I came very close to vetoing the scrabble board.  Mary Margaret would make a great agent if I could just get her interested.  So much talent...

I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

May 29, 2022 07:15 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Ray Henson  no wonder we are friends on this platform I am an acquired taste too:))Endre

May 29, 2022 10:19 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Thank you, Endre Barath, Jr. Maybe we are trend setters too.  I hope you are enjoying the Memorial Day weekend!

May 30, 2022 06:50 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.

May 31, 2022 03:32 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

It is good to hear from you, Richard Weeks.  I hope you are doing well!

May 31, 2022 05:53 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Ray Henson - You and MM come up with great ideas! The Scrabble Board was brilliant! Much better than a coffee table book. I watched your video and liked your idea of Granite Window Sills too! I have seen people use Granite on their window sills in my area, but honestly, yours look better! I appreciate how you explained why Granite Window Sills are not only more attractive, but saves a lot on maintenance because, you're right, a little water on the sills makes permanent damage. Plus, the gist and success for holding better open houses is to listen to what the people say when they come through the doors and to come up with brilliant ideas for conversation pieces you can start are they can see when the come through the house I love both ideas! And by the way, that backyard pool with lights looks inviting too! 

Jun 02, 2022 06:41 AM
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire

Ray

Love that touch and the results it brought. They opened a RH here in Yountville about 2 years ago. The restaurant does extremely well, cheers cvc

Jun 02, 2022 08:21 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Ray,

That idea was ingenious! Results count and you clearly had some good results! Interesting about the granite window sills....learned something new today!

Jun 02, 2022 05:31 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Thank you very much for your very positive comment, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP.  We are going to miss that backyard in the next few months as the temperatures climb around here.  I hope you are doing well and have a great weekend!

Jun 02, 2022 08:49 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Hi Curtis Van Carter.  Mary Margaret and I have enjoyed Restoration Hardware in Yountville twice.  We love their use of the live olive trees inside, as well as, all the fabulous lighting.  We also enjoyed the food.  It is hard for me to get past the steak sandwich.  It is so good!

Jun 02, 2022 08:52 PM
Curtis Van Carter

Ray


I think you mentioned this before about you have been here at RH. I will definitely try their steak sandwich. ditto about the decor, cheers cvc

Jun 03, 2022 08:14 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Hi Dorie Dillard Austin TX.  Thank you for dropping by and taking the time to leave a nice comment.  I hope you have a great weekend.

Jun 02, 2022 08:53 PM