Coal Infantino, Realtor specializing in south central PA (Coldwell Banker)

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Michael Jacobs
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At open houses, I suggest:

No wine.  

No whine.   

May 27, 2016 11:32 PM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
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Nope - I wouldn't want the liability

May 27, 2016 08:38 PM
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Mimi Foster
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Do it often - at a Broker Open, not a public open.

And in looking at the responses here, I have never known an agent to have more than a small glass of wine of any of our Broker Opens. It's not as though they stand around drinking, but on our expensive listings, we definitely serve wine and hors d'oeurvres while they are filling out the feedback forms in the kitchen 

May 27, 2016 02:38 PM
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Susan Emo
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What I'm reading is the public shouldn't drink and drive but Realtors (most of whom drink far too much anyway) should hit the road with a few belts under their belt?  Something wrong with this picture!

May 28, 2016 12:09 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
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Wine, right next to pens & contracts, oh yes. 

May 27, 2016 03:18 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
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All the grape juice you can drink but never wine

May 27, 2016 11:07 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
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Absilutely not. All you need is one drunk driver for max liability.

May 27, 2016 09:49 PM
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FN LN
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Never.

May 27, 2016 09:33 PM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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Never; only a good sour mash!

May 28, 2016 02:05 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
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Coal Infantino No, there is too much liability should something happen to them on the way home.

May 28, 2016 01:31 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Sure, 1 glass for liability purposes.

May 28, 2016 01:22 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
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Nope. I don't think it's appropiate, and I certainly don;t need [otential buyers wandering around spilling in it my client's home. And we are prohibited from doing so per our MLS for Broker Opens

May 28, 2016 12:15 AM
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Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
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     I've been to Open Houses where the host or showing agent had obviously served some wine to themselves.

May 27, 2016 11:24 PM
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Barbara Todaro
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Hell, NO.....

May 27, 2016 10:40 PM
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Curtis Evans
Cabin Realty LLC/ USA, Licensed in Louisiana - Golden Meadow, LA

No way, the risk is way too high. 

May 27, 2016 10:30 PM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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No way, too much liability

May 27, 2016 09:59 PM
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
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No, I stash it and sneak a swig when no one's looking [G]
A little in moderation is fine. Tipsy brokers forget their purpose.

May 27, 2016 02:51 PM
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If there is alcohol being served, I will not participate !

May 28, 2016 12:29 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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Yes, we have open houses with wine and champagne. I myself had a few such broker open houses, but only for high end properties. 

May 28, 2016 11:39 AM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Broker open after five . . .

May 28, 2016 05:47 AM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
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No.. if someone drinks too much and gets behind the wheel of a car do you need any liability, however tangential? And why would you take on liability for other brokers if you don't for the public?

May 28, 2016 04:03 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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Coal,

Just think of spillage that may occur in the home.  It can become a liability also.  A

May 28, 2016 03:47 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
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no. No. NO. No Way.  I know many that do ... not going to happen on my watch. 

May 28, 2016 02:44 AM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
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No way. That falls under risk reduction.

May 28, 2016 01:09 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
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Broker open yes, public open no.

May 27, 2016 11:22 PM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

never

May 27, 2016 10:26 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
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At a broker open, yes. For a public open, no!

May 27, 2016 10:21 PM
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Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

I have in the past but not worth the risk anymore. Brokers open yes-I know all those lushes-LOL

May 27, 2016 10:15 PM
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Jack Lewitz
IL Real Estate Specialists - Evanston, IL

I have and would for special properties and clients

May 27, 2016 10:02 PM
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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

I would not. Waterfronts here have a Broker's Open with wine and cheese in the early evening hours.

May 27, 2016 09:35 PM
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Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

No - I don't think it is a good idea.  It could be a liability and I'm not sure what message that sends to the public / consumer.

May 27, 2016 09:15 PM
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Susan Laxson CRS
HomeSmart Professionals - La Quinta, CA
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It depends on if it is a broker preview or public open house. I haven't for public open houses, because I would wonder if they were there to see the home or just to get free wine. Actually, thinking about it, maybe that is why the brokers come also!

May 27, 2016 08:14 PM
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Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Sometimes, especially late afternoon into evening, serving light finger food and non alcoholic beverages , beer and wine makes a festive and productive gathering.

May 27, 2016 06:34 PM
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Sharon Altier, SFR
Lawton Realty Group, Inc. - Elmhurst, IL

Absolutely not.  No reason to increase your liability and that would require additional/special insurance.  Unless your Seller is also procuring the additional Rider as well, avoid it. Someone easily tripping down stairs, driving under influence and getting into an accident...no thank you. 

May 28, 2016 03:24 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

 Coal Infantino not a good idea for sure...

May 28, 2016 12:23 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
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Many agents do a wine and cheese broker open but I have not. I have not done this and probably wouldn't.

May 28, 2016 09:45 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Second time posting due to AR glitches, so shorter version now!

I've seen wine and champagne served.  I've even seen full blown parties with food, wine tasting and a live band for brokers opens.

 

I would not due to liability issues.  There was a DUI locally where the driver killed a Deputy and blamed the bar he had just left for his actions... AND SUED THE BAR!!  Between that stupidity and "Social Host Ordinances" that will punish the parent WHO ISN'T HOME when their underage kid throws a party that provides booze to minors, I don't want to risk it.

 

Plus at an open house you would need someone serving the drinks and making sure EVERYONE provided a photo ID so that no underage persons consumed the hooch.

May 28, 2016 07:38 AM
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Bob Crane
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I once served cookies, a mistake that I will not be repeating.

Quite distracting, messy, and hard to keep on my focus of selling the home when I am dealing with cookies, kids and messes.

May 27, 2016 11:19 PM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I've seen BROKER's Open that were 4-6pm where beer & wine was available

May 27, 2016 10:22 PM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

The more important question must be "What is the purpose of serving wine at the open house?"

There could be several.

1. Reinforces the 'lifestyle' message of the homes staging

2. It is a polite way to say "Shut up and listen."

3. Or an exchange for contact or other important information.

No one is suggesting providing a 'Happy Hour' volume of wine but more likely a taster sample.

Be aware, if there is no purpose, you are simply throwing money away and making life way to complicated.

May 27, 2016 10:15 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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Depending on the price of the house.

May 27, 2016 10:14 PM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
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How else can you get associates to your Brokers Open? Would it work at one for the general public? Not on your life! 

May 27, 2016 09:32 PM
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Gita Bantwal
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No.

May 27, 2016 09:30 PM
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

No. 

May 27, 2016 09:14 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Wine is often served at broker opens but not usually for public events.

May 27, 2016 09:10 PM
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
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No way - don't want the responsibility.

May 29, 2016 07:12 AM
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Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

Prohibited by my MLS, but I've attended some Broker's opens where they did it anyway.  

We serve coffee all the time, does that count? 

May 28, 2016 03:19 PM
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Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
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Nope. Not my house, hence, I don't want to have the liability.

May 28, 2016 03:06 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
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no and more no

May 28, 2016 02:14 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
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Sometimes I do a special Open House for neighbors, and I'll maybe do wine and cheese.  But usually not.

May 28, 2016 01:59 PM
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
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No, but possibly champaigne at a Broker Open.

May 28, 2016 01:36 PM
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Esther Preston
Heartland Realty - Redmond, OR

NO.........

May 28, 2016 01:31 PM
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
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only at a neighbors' open house

May 28, 2016 12:54 PM
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Melissa Jackson
Citiwide Alliance Realty - Weatherford, TX
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You will find wine at broker opens in our area.

May 28, 2016 12:15 PM
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
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Not to the public..  Maybe at a Broker's Open, but I rarely do those.

May 28, 2016 08:54 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
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No, not my style.  But, I have heard a lot of whining at open houses.

May 28, 2016 04:30 AM
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Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
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when the public (not RE) was there, heck no! unless it was a invite only

May 28, 2016 04:07 AM
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Peter Mohylsky, SoWal Is HOME.
PrimeSouth Properties - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
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Depends, not an overwhelming fan of open houses.  

May 27, 2016 11:59 PM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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to minors?

definitely not....

May 27, 2016 10:44 PM
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Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

Never. Way too risky!

Oct 07, 2016 02:44 AM
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Joyce Marsh
Regal | Christie's International Real Estate - Orlando, FL
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At our luxury Brokers Opens we serve food and wine pairings. Any Public open house, which we do rarely but would not serve any wine. 

Jun 03, 2016 11:14 AM
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Nancy Robinson Ranked #6 in MI
Century 21 Town and Country - Royal Oak, MI
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NO NO NO!!! Never never never. 

Jun 01, 2016 02:40 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Have been to some that have served wine, but at my listings no.   Not the liability nor the possibility of red wine on the carpet.

Jun 01, 2016 02:26 AM
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Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, GRI,SFR, REALTOR®

Good morning Coal,

No on my clock:)

May 29, 2016 11:20 PM