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Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I only allow agents from my office to hold open houses at my properties if I can't.

Feb 16, 2016 08:38 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

If they are in your office - YES  , You probably took a listing in Their Primary Market Area

Feb 16, 2016 06:27 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

It happens all the time. Why not? Some agents have many listings and some do not have any.

 If I were in your area and had no listings, I would offer my assistance... in case you need any:) 

Feb 16, 2016 04:45 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Happens to me every once in a while.  Good way for agents to get out there and find buyers.  Last time that happened the agent was from four cities away from the listing.  A bit silly if you ask me.  I was heavily marketing a sunday open house I was holding there and told her no to a saturday open house.


We used to let others hold our homes open, but we have since stopped that practice.  Within the last two years (while I was in the corporate world) an agent who was holding one of our listings open had an interested party come through and almost write on the house.  It didn't quite work out and he ended up selling them something else.  Good for him!  Now that I'm in play, I'm holding homes open looking for that result.  That is why we stopped.  We are not opposed to letting others hold them open, but primary choice will be one of us to do it.

Feb 16, 2016 10:26 AM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

Before I had Open Houses, I had asked other agents if I could do an Open House for them, and they were kind enough to say 'yes' Richie Alan Naggar.  They did not know me, but they knew Roger.  I always gave them prompt feedback on anyone who visited my Open House, with their 'Likes' and 'Dislikes', in case they had to pass on that info to their Seller.  I always 'Thanked" them, too!  Now that we have enough of our own Open Houses, I do not need to ask anyone . . .  other agents have asked us, and Roger has never said 'no'.  This does not happen very often.

Feb 16, 2016 10:00 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Is this one of your agents?
If not, someone you know well?
My first answer is 'No' but I am liability-averse.
What will your seller think, if outside your office?
OK, reading now. :)

Feb 16, 2016 06:00 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Is this an agent from your office? Does this agent know the house and the area? When we list a house, we assure our clients that we will be representing them and not an inexperienced assistant. When they hire us, they get Larry & Sheila and no one else...just saying ~

Feb 16, 2016 05:43 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

No, no, no. Huge risk involved. But if agent is from your office, and seller gives permission, then ok.

Feb 16, 2016 05:40 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

This is customary within our Brokerage.  Not sure I'd let an agent outside my Brokerage do it without my Broker's permission.

Feb 16, 2016 05:35 AM
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

If it's an agent you know well, then ok, let them tell you what their game plan is.  Otherwise, I think it's pretty tacky and says "hey, can I piggyback off your hard work to strum up some business for myself?"


I would think, though, that if you wanted help with a host for an open house, you'd likely ask.

Feb 16, 2016 05:33 AM
Corinne Guest
Corinne Guest, REALTOR® | Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
Barrington Lifestyles

Same office OK, other office, hmmm I would not allow it.

Feb 16, 2016 05:24 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Richie - Obviously they are looking to find buyers. I probably wouldn't do it unless I knew the agent well, and/or if they were at the same brokerage.

Feb 18, 2016 03:00 PM
Andy Madrid
Hawaii Coast Realty, LLC - Kailua-Kona, HI
Expertise, Professionalism, and Service

I would only allow agents from my office to hold open one of my listings.  If they haven't seen the property then I meet them there and show them around it so that they are familiar and not just going in blind.  If it is occupied, I introduce them to the client because they may arrive on the weekend before the homeowner leaves.  Then I see what kind of feedback I get and I shouldn't have to ask for it.  After that I can decide the next time I need someone to hold it open whether to use them again or not.

As for the agents that say that they are only looking for buyers - of course they are. All of us at one time or another didn't have the pipeline of business we do now and we were looking for any spinning plate to build our business.

Feb 18, 2016 01:46 AM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

Do you want to be liable for that? I agree with Jeff Pearl

Feb 17, 2016 10:12 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

We often allow other agents to hold our listings open if we are tied up with other more important activities. Sellers love the activity regardless and it shows respect for our sellers' needs and helps out other agents needing activity.

Feb 17, 2016 05:53 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Richie Alan Naggar Sounds like a newbie trying to get some business. I hope you know the agent.

Feb 17, 2016 01:27 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I've received these lately as well.   I thank them for the request and tell them I hold my own open houses.    

Feb 16, 2016 10:23 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

If you work for the same broker I see no problem.  If they are with a different broker you might have an agency issue.

Feb 16, 2016 09:50 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

If sellers want an open house and I am busy I allow other agnets to do it.

Feb 16, 2016 09:04 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

If the agent is not from my office, the answer is "No"!

Feb 16, 2016 07:59 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good morning Richie Alan Naggar . I have to agree with Ken Jones.

Feb 16, 2016 05:23 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Richie. If the person is part of your office and have that kind of working relationship with them, I might agree to have them do it.

Feb 16, 2016 04:55 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Richie Alan Naggar I'd prefer no open house compared to open house hosted by someone else...

(unless of course, I know this agent and he or she is in the same office as mine.)

Feb 16, 2016 03:54 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

are they in your office?  is the listing vacant?  I would consider it if the those answers are yes.  Otherwise I would not.

Feb 16, 2016 01:53 PM
Melissa Jackson
Citiwide Alliance Realty - Weatherford, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

An agent from your office? Sure.  I got a call today - agent in my office has new listing and homeowner wants an open house on a certain day. (will be out of town)  Agent is unavailable and asked if I would do it. Yea, sure I may meet a buyer and it's in a nice area. 

Feb 16, 2016 12:42 PM
Sharon Kowitz
CRS-SRES-ABR-GRI-E-Pro-CREN Fonville Morisey Cary, NC - Cary, NC
Cary, NC Relocation Specialist ~ Buying or Selling

I never do my own open houses anymore, I don't have the time! So, if I am holding a open house for a seller, than normally newer agents in my office do them. It works out great! I don't have to waste a few hours of my day, they get the experience and possibly pick up a buyer client! 

Feb 16, 2016 12:35 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I have done so with agents in my own office but NEVER from a different office

Feb 16, 2016 12:28 PM
Teri Pacitto
Compass - Westlake Village, CA
Real Estate, Your Style...Your Home...My Specialty

Short answer is no.  I've had agents from different brokerages lately calling and asking to hold open houses for me.  Must have been a seminar somewhere saying this is the new thing to do.  No way would I have another agent other than one of my team agents who are trained hold one of my listings open.  Too much can go wrong

Feb 16, 2016 12:17 PM
Stephanie & John Webb
Latte Stone Realty LLC - Albuquerque, NM
Stephanie Webb Co-Owner, Latte Stone Realty, LLC

No, sorry. I would not want to be liable if something happened to my clients belongings or home. Too risky for me.

Feb 16, 2016 12:00 PM
Richard L. McKinney P.A.
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
For Results that MOVE you on the Treasure Coast!

Heck yeah! What's the problme??

Feb 16, 2016 11:06 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Is the agent with your brokerage?  Then sure, why not?  I often hold colleagues' listings open and allow them to do the same for me.  Since most of the agents in my office don't do dual agency under any circumstance, it's a good way for all of us to pick up buyers.

Feb 16, 2016 10:54 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I have heard that agents will do that.  I haven't had it happen to me, but I would ask the seller how they felt about it.  It's their choice.

Feb 16, 2016 10:50 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Is it someone from your office?

Feb 16, 2016 10:40 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Is that agent in your office? Is it a new agent prospecting for buyers? What is your relationship with the seller? I would have to take all of these things into consideration. 

How would your seller preceive another agent holding an open house at your listing? 

Feb 16, 2016 10:03 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Someone from outside your office? Strange... I would not do it, just think of the potential liability for you - if that agent is not in your office, he or she has absolutely no relationship with your seller. If it's someone from your office, sure - the listing belongs to the broker.

Feb 16, 2016 09:33 AM
Evelyn M Epperson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Johns Creek, GA
A Tradition Of [Excellence, Trust & Service]

A lot of new agents will do this.  I am ok with giving them a hand up and letting them try and work with buyers who walk in.  Just make sure they advertise the open house and brings the signature.

Feb 16, 2016 09:32 AM
Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
RE/MAX Valencia, Stevenson Ranch, Santa Clarita

Nice of them to ask, I won't allow an agent from a different company to hold mine open.  Everyone is just trying to make a living so do what is best for you and your client.

Feb 16, 2016 07:41 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

From your comments to the comments Richie Alan Naggar  I sense this is not in your comfort zone so say thanks but no thanks.

At my company many of the top agents will let other agents do an open for them if they cannot do it themselves.

Feb 16, 2016 07:34 AM
Bob Betel
Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc. - Sweetwater, TN
President, Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc

As it is YOUR listing, I think it would  be fine if the agent is someone in your office, but if it is another company, I say no way.

Feb 16, 2016 06:46 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

If it is someone you know and trust, by all means. If it is someone out of the blue, no thank you!

Feb 16, 2016 06:46 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Richie Alan Naggar It depends on the agent and the listing.

Feb 16, 2016 06:34 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

IF they have not shown the house before?  NO.

KW  - He!! no.

A TEXT message. They are unable to CALL ME. The short answer . NO.

Newbie agent trying to get traction with a small brokerage and have actual knowledge regarding the house?

A very strong possibility I will say yes.....but only if they do the open house properly. That would mean a open house with a purpose. Only a newbie is receptive to the suggestion a 1990 open house is a waste of time.

Feb 16, 2016 06:34 AM
Corey R. Roberts
Keller Williams Realty—Yuba Sutter - Yuba City, CA
Turning Dreams into Realty.

Do it. You grow from what you give. Its mutually beneficial. Your listing gets marketed without the extra effort on your part.

Feb 16, 2016 06:05 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Is it someone from your brokerage? Then I think it's fine. But if another brokerage check with your broker. And if that's OK is it someone you know at some level? I would also ask the seller's permission

Feb 16, 2016 06:00 AM
Joan Dickie
Keller Williams Premier Realty - La Crosse, WI
Keller Williams Premier Realty

If it is an agent from your brokerage, it would be nice of you to do that if the seller is ok.  If this is an agent from outside your brokerage, ask the broker.  I had an agent from another brokerage ask me if I could do an open for him.  My broker nixed it because of possible liability with representation.

Feb 16, 2016 05:52 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

A nice way to help this agent to make some contacts and to give your property a little more exposure.

Feb 16, 2016 05:39 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What is customary in your neck of the woods?  Do you like this agent?  Would they represent you well?  Those are my thoughts.  A

Feb 16, 2016 05:23 AM