Are Realty Companies Still taking Caravans to Brokers Opens?

Real Estate Agent with Tarver Realty Group

There use to be a time when the whole office would get behind the companies listings.  One day a week they would take a van out and some people would follow in their cars to go and view the listings in the office.  The goal is to sell your companies listings and show the Seller that you have a team of Realtors working for them.


Does any body do that anymore?

This was a very effective tool that really helped sell in a slow market.

Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate
We still do it every Wednesday morning.
Apr 29, 2007 01:27 PM
Michelle Roland
Phil's Locksmith - Sacramento, CA

We do this at every office meeting on Mondays when we are finished and go to any that are on the list. Sometimes there's only one, and sometimes there is a handful. This is in addition to the viewings every week at the MLS board office tours. Some of our agents have put a potential listing in the mix that could have gone to any one of the other agents the client was interviewing. They choose our office/realtor since so many of us showed up and were committed to it as a team. He (the client) stood out on the front porch and said that he did not even hear back from the others and was extremely impressed with our agent for bringing the office over that the listing was given right then and there. WOW, now that's a success story. GOOD LUCK, GOD BLESS,

Michelle Haney

Apr 29, 2007 01:37 PM
Endea Thibodeaux
Tarver Realty Group - Washington, DC

Great Story! I will be talking to my Broker this week about it.

By the way what area are you both in?

Apr 29, 2007 01:49 PM
Todd Clark - Retired
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

Our company just started doing this again and out clients are loving it and we have actually sold a listing internal after the last tour.

Apr 29, 2007 05:38 PM
Carole Cohen
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office - Cleveland, OH
Realtor, ePRO
Hi Endea, my company very strongly suggests we add brokers opens to our strategy for keeping on top of the inventory in our markets. I agree with that strategy 100 percent. One thing I do that is different than just supporting my office mates' listings: I scan a list of what's open every Tuesday (that's when we do it here in NE Ohio) and I look for 1) homes my clients/buyers might want to see and 2) agents from other brokerages I have not met. I like the networking aspect of brokers opens and feel that getting to know other agents helps them know me too; and then they just might think of me when they are looking for listings to show. I have a half written post on this for my 'outside AR' blog and you have just nudged me into finishing it ty lol
Jul 04, 2007 05:11 AM
Brian Block
RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President - McLean, VA
Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate
Some agents in our office just started doing this again a few months ago.  I haven't joined in yet.  To have your listing shown, you have to go at least once a month to the others on the caravan Tuesday.
Jul 08, 2007 09:40 AM
Endea Thibodeaux
Tarver Realty Group - Washington, DC

I am still working on my Broker but he seems to think people will not participate and therefore it will not work. 

Jul 09, 2007 02:23 AM