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Open Houses - The Controversy

                                   

The first "EVER" post, inspired and compiled entirely from other members' Blog Title's regarding the "Open House", and it's obvious Controversy!

I heard about The Best Open House List in Town, isn't real estate still local?  Wouldn't you like to know more on HOW TO GENERATE BUSINESS FROM AN OPEN HOUSE!?  Some of you may even be asking yourself  Why Open House is a Waste of Time and What You Should be Doing Instead, feeling that it's an absolute waste of time.  Open House, Closed House, Safe House, there's nothing in it for me and they don't work!! 

Open Houses...Think Outside The House!  Maybe if you take A Fresh Approach To The Open House, you might have more success.  Some have even figured out how to create the urgency MAYDAY! MAYDAY! OPEN HOUSE S.O.S.!  It sure caught my attention.  Everyone knows that OPEN HOUSES - NOT FOR THE TIMID - PROS NEED ONLY APPLY. But here, you'll find that SELLING HOMES IN A SLOW MARKET - THIS AGENT HAS IT RIGHT!!  I have always wondered about Open Houses: Waste of time or Savvy marketing technique??  Some members believe in them so much, they create Efficient Local West Michigan Spring Time Open House Search 's for their areas.  Oh the controversy!!  Don't you wish there was an Agent Open House Tutorial?  Maybe this article will help give you at least  5 Reasons why Realtors should co-host open houses with a mortgage professional! or even a List of 26 Open House Tips for Realtors®.  Is anyone looking for A Great Article For Buyers on Attending Open Houses?

I guess if you wonder Who does open houses? You'll definitely find out here.  A Tale of Two Open Houses will shed some light on the whole concept.  How about the Open House Flyer – Ideas to Maximize This Simple, Useful and Inexpensive Real Estate Tool , Denise Says: Open Houses are the Dying Diamond of Real Estate.  I guess if you're always Making the best of Open Houses, they might make cents...  We are all looking for The Real Deal on Open Houses | Do They Really Provide Results, so look no more!  It's all here!!  The controversy of How to hold an effective "Traditional Open House", may be over...or NOT!  If you have that question,  Is an Open House Right for You? I hope you'll find the answer here.  If you do hold "Open Houses",  I hope you'll find out  How to make your public open house a success! Everyone wants Open house secrets for the millionaire Realtor!  If you feel Preparing your home for an Open House, is a waste of time, then you might want some Open House Tips.  

Whether you feel Open Houses Are A Waist Of Time For Sellers  and they are a Waste of a Sunday....The Public Open House, or that Hosting an Open House  the right way, might be Creating Captivating Open Houses!  I think this will be a creative post in helping you Prepare for your Open House!!  The question Open houses. To do or not to do. will probably remain a mystery forever, so before you Schedule An Open House...When? be sure to read these links!  This way, the comments alone from posts like: Open Houses: Do they really sell homes? will help you make that final decision.  I hope you'll be able to determine if Open houses; a worthless waste of everyone's time or a great selling tool???  Personally, I Love Open Houses!  

The "Open House" question will always exist, but my question to you is, How do you feel about Open Houses? and What Do You Do To Advertise Your Open House?  In many cases,  Open Houses - Seize the Opportunity!  With this post, you might even Increase Your Open House Conversion Rate!

I'm not trying to change the world here, just trying to help you decide if your world needs change!?!  The "Open House" is what sold my last two residences, one in California and one in Hawaii.  Also, I bought my current home from an "Open House"  Are you HONEST about Open Houses? 

                             Brad Andersohn - The Escrow Guy

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Comment balloon 70 commentsBrad Andersohn • September 10 2007 09:39AM

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Brad, what a list ! Now I know why your up at 3:30 in the morning. I think this is one of those local issues. I wish they worked in Ann Arbor, Saline. But, when you only have 1-2 people come through, it is not cost effective. Goes back to real estate is local. The is one area, that does do fairly well with open houses and that is down-town Ann Arbor, The Old West Side. Thanks for putting it all out there in one place for agents to explore.
Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 12 years ago

WOW!  I'm pretty sure that took a long time to do.  I'm impressed.  Great post to bookmark!

 

Posted by Joshua Jarvis, Moving Families Forward. (Virtual Properties - Atlanta Real Estate) about 12 years ago

Goodness Gracious.  You probably didn't have time for an Open House after all that work or did you do it at an Open House,  Of course, in our current market in VA, you would have the time.

Karen

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) about 12 years ago
Okay. Here's what I've learned:

How to make an open house successful...
- Place a display ad in the local paper with your 12 open houses. (Maybe I don't have a team holding 12; I need to get one.) I'd say about $300. And half an hour.
- Place a classified ad for the open house. That's about $30. And 15 minutes.
- Distribute 50 or so flyers around the neighborhood. Am I door knocking? Putting them in mailboxes illegally? Dropping them in doors? 90 minutes.
- Send out 300 postcards minimum. Estimate: $170. Half an hour.
- Create an open house folder with flyer, mortgage info, title, mortgage, and inspector business cards, disclosures, area highlights. Estimate: $5, half hour.
- Balloons and plenty of them, on all your signs... 20 to 30 minutes to blow them up and attach them.
- Signs and plenty of them, at least 6 on the main roads. Half an hour.
- Flyers posted at local stores.  An hour.
- Hand out flyers at a local mall. An hour or two.
- Have it on the MLS and all available internet sites, such as Realtor.com, CraigsList, and others. Half an hour.
- Bake cookies. $5 and an hour.
- Get a mortgage officer to be there with me. Half an hour of persuasion :)
- Signage in advance. Drive to the listing and sign it: an hour.
- Have pizza, or other food, and drink. Keep it fresh, so a  delivery every half hour. $50.
- Have ice cream, with a custom printed carton with your contact information, because everyone likes ice cream and so the guests will have to go right home. (Roger Butcher's technique. Oh, come on. Does anyone believe any part of this one?) $25 or... sure, you can get a local vendor to do it for you for FREE. 
- Make it long, because you want to give your clients maximum value. 3 to 4 hours.
- And get there early. An hour.
- Keep it short, because people will see that as "scarcity" and think they have to get in on it. 90 minutes.
- Make it micro--do an "open house caravan" that is advertised for three properties with 5-minute open houses, using 9 $30 ads and a rented voice mail line for what, $30?
- Don't make guests sign a register; it's hounding them.
- But require guests to sign a register; it's security, plus---what the heck are you doing there if you're not going to get either a prospective buyer for that house, or a buyer prospect, or a listing prospect, or someone to add to your sphere?
- Price it right.
- Stage the house.

I am seeing a recommendation--compiled from all the views, each one saying this is an essential step--of spending over $500 to advertise an open house, and using probably an eight-hour day to prepare for the open house, plus 5 hours to actually do one. (I'm leaving out redundancies and the caravan idea, which I would love to see (as a spectator and guest) anyone do.)

Why to do it...
- For the sellers--you'll impress with your service.
- For the sellers--there is a 1 in 100 chance you'll sell the house.
- To attract buyers you can work with.
- To impress neighbors who will want to list with you.
- To impress buyers and looky-lous who will want to list with you.

And here's why not to do it:
- You're opening up the house to people who will case it for robbery.
- You're opening it up to an assailant who could attack the agent.
- 1 out of 100 buyers buy from an open house. Max.
- Often you'll have ZERO attendance. (Well, that's because you didn't spend the $500 and the 8 hours of prep work!)
- You're entertaining the neighbors, mostly.
- It's Sunday, for crying out loud; stay home and spend time with your family.
Posted by David Stewart (On Top of the World Communities, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Bookmarked! for sometime when I am looking for some interesting read! Brad! You have outdone yourself researching and linking these!

Posted by Mary McGraw, 2015: Solar Energy Is Still A Simple Machine! (GLREA) about 12 years ago
Brad ...how many pots of coffee to link all that up?
Posted by Keith Perry, REALTOR - West Metro Atlanta (Coldwell Banker) about 12 years ago

Brad, as Mary stated above, you outdid yourself with the research!   I will definately bookmark this one because I have a feeling there is alot of knowledge to be gained from your compilation of these posts.

Posted by Kris Wales, Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI (Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center) about 12 years ago
I have bookmarked this post. I believe in open houses. I get to know the neighbors. The seller is pleased that I am trying to get people to look at the house. They appreciate the fact that I am spending a sunday afternoon promoting their house. I am looking for a list of internet sites to advertise them.
Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 12 years ago

Geeze Brad, I have some reading to do. My home desktop is so cumbersome to take to bed and read this like a good novel (wifey hates it when I ask her to hold the monitor still). :^)

Great piecing together... and an interesting subject for any Realtor for sure.  I have a friend and neighbor selling.... they had  an open house yesterday..... methinks it was REAL light in attendance.

Posted by Rob Robinson- Lehigh Valley PA (Bertrum Settlements (Title & Abstract)) about 12 years ago

Brad,

I guess you missed this one I want to run an open house but I can't

Posted by Neal Bloom, Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate (Brokered by eXp Realty LLC) about 12 years ago
Wow, Brad, you've compiled one great list!  I've bookmarked it also to read when I have lots of time.  How nice of you to find and put all this information together!
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 12 years ago

Brad,

You are so good to us.  Always making things easier and saving us time. 

THANK YOU for putting these things together for us. 

You are so creative! 

 

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) about 12 years ago
Brad, you need to get out more! I thought my head was going to spin around from staring at all those links too long. I need another cup of coffee to keep up with you this morning!
Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) about 12 years ago
Brad,  I think you have too much free time to be able to put together a post like that!  Time for a vacation here in Myrtle Beach!!  CLEVER!!!  Can't give you less than 5 stars for this, my friend!
Posted by Kristin Small, REALTOR -GRI, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (RE/MAX Southern Shores) about 12 years ago

WOW!!! Great post Brad. Now I have to look at all those links...thanks for the link love, by the way. :)

Can't wait to read through all those posts and learn something!

Posted by delete account about 12 years ago

Brad,

  Awesome Post! Holy Cow! How long did it take to put all that together? Most impressive! 

  I am a Newbie to Real Estate, but not new to the notion that Open Houses rarely sell the home held Open.  I do hold Open Houses for my listings and for other associates in my office because it does bring me prospective Buyers.  I tell my Sellers exactly what I think Open Houses do and the statistical evidence that says Open Houses Do Not necessarily Sell Your house.  Interestingly enough, this past Saturday I held an Open House at one of my listings and a woman stopped by who is looking to Sell her home and she was looking for someone who "worked" on a Saturday  by going to local Open Houses. I thought that was a unique way to look for a Realtor! So, I am going on a listing appointment this week! That is apparently what  Open Houses CAN do.

  Thanks for a Great Post!
 

Posted by Nancy Webber (Coldwell Banker Atlantic Realty) about 12 years ago
Great list!  Lot of great work here!
Posted by Colleen Irwin, Creative Real Estate Solutions... (Retired) about 12 years ago

I hate doing link posts.  This one hurts me to even think about but thanks for the mention of my post about the best open house list in town.

I don't think it is a controversial subject really.  Those who like open houses, get something out of them should do them. Those who do not enjoy open houses should not do them.

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) about 12 years ago

Wow, Brad. Tremendous amount of info, but no way do I have time to get through it. I continue to do OHs because there are lots of folks looking. I have interested buyers from one yesterday so perhaps that will be a success. I also have picked up a couple of buyers recently. They still work best for buyers rather than the sellers, but I plan to continue.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) about 12 years ago

I'm a a recovering holder of open houses.

If you're holding your seller's house open in order to pick up buyers for other listings let me suggest you're holding it open for the wrong reason.

I have personally came to the conclusion that open houses are the biggest waste of time organized real estate has ever came with.

I took a solemn vow many years ago never to hold another open house and I have not since that day. My business continues to grow.

The sold exception (again, in my personal opinion) to holding open houses is if you're a site agent for a new development. In that instance only they're probably worthwhile.

Posted by Jim Lee, Portsmouth NH Realtor, Portsmouth, NH (RE/MAX Shoreline) about 12 years ago

Ok, It just came to me "THE BIG REASON TO DO OPEN HOUSES!"

They give you time to search out blog posts, and write up compilation posts like this!

I'm going to save this one and read each link in order! I gotta go schedule an open house, hmm, which listing has wifi? 

Thanks. 

Posted by Michael I. Pulskamp, REALTOR, EcoBroker, GREEN Desingnee (Mainstreet Brokers) about 12 years ago
Super Post for Bookmarking! I've had a recent change of heart and revelation - Open Houses are working again in my market!  They were a waste of time in the hot market we had in 2005, but are popular now, just like they were years ago in another Market Downturn.
Posted by Debbie Cook, Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc) about 12 years ago

Wow, what a list.

I think that Open Houses are not neccesarily good for the Seller. I think it raises their expectations and they end up getting disillusioned. And of course, it is the Seller whom we are representing when considering an open house.

They (open houses) are good for:

  •  New Agents (wanting to familiarize themselves with RE, possible buyer contacts and networking)
  •  Buyers that like to look at everything
  •  newpapers (gives them advertising $)
  •  Weekend Reading

However, I think the trend is about to change in many areas, not because homes routinely sell this way, but because the market is starting to demand them, especially in recently down markets.

Posted by Karen Hurst, Rhode Island Waterfront! (RICOASTALLIVING.COM) about 12 years ago

Everyone has a different take on the "Open House" don't they!  Open houses in our area are slow.  They are very slow.  I hold open houses anyway.  I have gotten buisiness from them.  Not a lot but some.  My sellers love it.  I tell them in advance not to expect much but there is nothing wrong with trying.  As far as the "family time" issue, my whole family comes with me.  We play dominoes, cards, etc.  We use the open house for some family time!  Otherwise, we would be running the entire weekend, non-stop!!

 

Great post.  I can't believe the number of links there!!

Posted by Virginia Halter, ABR, CDPE, CRS, GREEN, SFR, SRES (RE/MAX Signature Properties) about 12 years ago
David Stewart's comment made me spit Diet Pepsi all over my computer-which was worth reading this fine post just to read!  Great job, I'm in awe of the link work.
Posted by Leigh Brown, CEO, Dream Maker - Charlotte, NC (Leigh Brown & Associates, RE/MAX Executive) about 12 years ago
I believes in Open Houses. I always do them in my farms. They only work though if you work them.
Posted by Tina Maraj, Top Agent in Fullerton 2016-2018 714-403-7901 (RE/MAX Cornerstone) about 12 years ago
Very creative post!  Nicely done!  What I'd like to know is did you read all of those blogs and what did you conclude?
Posted by David Slavin, CDPE, ABR, SRES Keller Williams Premier (Keller Williams Premier) about 12 years ago

Ahhhhh, the proverbial Open House. One of the most overstated topics here in the Rain. I think everyone who joins has posted their $.02 about Open Houses. Right up there with Closing gifts. Nice collection, Bradley!

Posted by Rich Jacobson, Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker (Fathom Realty West Sound) about 12 years ago
Brad this one AMAZING post!!! I guess you spent you time on this sucka. OK so to stay with the overall theme of your post here is my respone "I hate open houses and I'm sticking to it!"  :)
Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) about 12 years ago
wow, talk about an extensive list on the topic of the open house.  Very well put together, and thank you for consolidating all the info into one post.        
Posted by Joshua Talayka (Chase Internatinonal) about 12 years ago
Brad - You really know how to create a doozy of a post. You had to be up all night for this one. I am honered to be part of your post.
Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) about 12 years ago
Wow, Brad - what a creative way to put all those links together. You win the contest that wasn't even a contest!
Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) about 12 years ago
Wow, Brad - what a creative way to put all those links together. You win the contest that wasn't even a contest!
Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) about 12 years ago
And the list goes on....extensively I might ad.  It is hard to imagine that many ways to run an open house.  Nice post Brad.
Posted by Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust! (Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions") about 12 years ago
Brad - You did a great job putting these all in one place. I am too tired to read them all, but like David Stewarts response. For now, I'll say Ditto and come back to read the posts you linked to.
Posted by Paula Henry, Realtor - Indianapolis Real Estate - 317-605-4174 (Home to Indy Team @ HomeSmart Realty Group) about 12 years ago

Hi, Brad!  This is a terrific post!  I'll read all the links that you compiled so cleverly here--but not tonight.  LOL  I appreciate the time you spent putting all of them together.

I've sold two properties while doing Open Houses, but I've done a whole lot of them.  Sometimes it's a complete waste of time, other times you pick a buyer or two for another property as others have said.  I've learned to use my time productively while doing it--I bring my laptop and create flyers or addressing postcards, or writing thank you notes.  You also get noticed by the neighbors.

Posted by Yolanda Hoversten, Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties) about 12 years ago

Brad, This is a definite bookmark. There is so much to reflect on and to use.

I am 50/50 on open houses. In my market they work in some towns/cities and not in others. I am finding out that more and more my sellers do not want an open house because of security reasons.

Things are not just what they use to be.

Posted by Chuck Dellorto, "Talk To Chuck" (Coldwell Banker - Serving INDIANA & ILLINOIS) about 12 years ago

So, is this how you spent your weekend?

This is amazing - great job my friend.

John

Posted by John Occhi, SRES,CPRES.ePRO - Temecula-Murrieta CA Real Estate (Mason Real Estate) about 12 years ago

 

  I'm Speechless!!

Posted by Joan Mirantz, Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire (Homequest Real Estate) about 12 years ago
Wow.  That is almost a real estate art project
Posted by Inside Richmond Real Estate (Inside Richmond Real Estate) about 12 years ago
Interesting post and lots of resources. Thanks a lot.
Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) about 12 years ago

I don't do open houses.  

BUT, if I were new in the business or in a new city I would do them every weekend.  They are a great way to meet buyers. 

I'm surprised your homes sold with open houses.  It has been extremely rare in my experience.

I had a semi-retired agent list his house with me.  He wanted to do an open house so I provided the signs for him.  He did everything right, He advertised in two papers, the week before hand.  He used signs, had refreshments and coffee and sat there all day Sat and Sun...not one visitor.

So he went out the take down the signs at the end on Sunday and upon coming home there was a car in his driveway.  

That person bought the house...that has been my only success! 

Posted by Marty Van Diest, Your Alaskan Realtor (Valley Market Real Estate) about 12 years ago

Ok, I have to admit, I was up till 1:30am on this one but felt compelled to complete it for my Sunday post. Of course Missy was up at 3:30am commenting..LOL!  This post was fun, but I wouldn't make a habit of it, very time consuming to get this creative at that hour or the night...I mean morning!  haha

David Stewart - so what did you decide?  You left a gosh darn post for a comment!! You must have read every link to every active rain members post here, and there are over 45 different links in this post!  Great job!!

Joshua - too long! :-)

Karen - the only house I had open was mine. It was darn hot last night when I posted this! LOL!

Mary - I hope you won't have to get bored to come back to this one, I know it's alot, but there are some great posts here.  I am not for or against open houses, this post is fo you to decide!  Ok, I am for them, but I am a buyer and a seller, I am not a REALTOR®.  

Keith and Robin, I did this while sitting at Starbucks!!  ....just kidding! Cute comment, thanks!

Kris - thanks, I do hope you'll enjoy them.

Gita - thanks for your opinion and comment, that's why this post is here, and comments like yours help readers to make a decision on what will work best for them.  If you Google the "Open House" websites, I bet you'll find a ton.  I think I'll start a group, or maybe you should?!?  Whatcha think?  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Rob - thanks!  Me thinks it could be better if you helped that agent! :-)

Neal - it's not that I missed it, It was trying to create a sentence with your title in it that was giving me the challenge.  Thanks for your contribution and support.  I'll leave yor spam in my comments! haha LOL. You know I'm kidding my friend. Thanks again for the link!  :-) 

Carole - thanks, it was kinda fun, and challenging at the same time!

Doreen - only cause you are so good to me!! :-)  They say to do unto others as you'd have them do unto you, I think it should be, do unto others, then hope they comment!! hahaha Seriously, I appreciate your comment very much, thanks!

Lizette - grab your face and cheeks with both hands and stop your head from spinning, You don't want to get ill on your computer keyboard, then let me buy you the next round of java to get you through this post! LOL!!!! :-)

David and Ki®sten, I'm ®eady fo® that vacation in My®tle beach!! (Big Smile) 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Pamela - just putting this out there so others can make their own choices.  These are some great posts, and really make you think. Thanks for your contribution, and for giving me a "title" I could work with! :-)

Nancy - this one was "A Three Hour Tour"! LOL!  Good luck with your listing presentation, and I guess we both learned, open houses offer different values depending on the area, the circumstance, and the clients needs. Great comment, thank you.

Colleen, are you the one who got this featured? (I have this feeling), either way, thank you for your comment and my gold star!!  Wish you guys could mark these features somehow with a secret code so we could tell who featured it.  (Just for flower delivery only) :-) I understand why you can't!  You moderators are absolutely incredible.  I can't believe the amount of posts you go through, and then have to view Broker B's videos on why he didn't get "Featured". ROFLOL!!! :-)

Maureen - I know what you mean, I hate them now too! (just kidding) Thanks for commenting and you're right about controversy, maybe debate would have been a better selection of words.  Love em or Hate em, this Controversy/Debate will always exist. Hopefully this post will make it a little easier for those on the fence and can't decide if they're right for them or not. Loved your post BTW, I hope others take advantage of it too. 

Jeff - I wouldn't change a thing, but I bet ya a $1.00 you'll get some great ideas from some of these links in this post...when you get time of course!!  :-) Thanks for your acknowledgment and comment my friend. 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Jim Lee - I'm glad you shared your opinion and comment here.  This is a post for doing just as you have done.  I think there are pros and cons to EVERYTHING in life and that's the beauty of America, we can make our own choices, and speak our own voices!  I am not against or for the open house either way, but as a seller or a buyer, it's my personal preference and experience that they worked for me, and so that's the type of Agent I'd be selecting for my personal needs.  Every buyer and seller does not think the same as me, so your theory and vow will work great for those who feel differently.  As a seller, just sell my house, and as a buyer, just find me what I want....if only Real Estate were really that easy huh? Thanks again Jim. :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Michael - that was funny, you don't need to do an open house, just park in the street in front of any wifi property in your farm.  When they come out to ask you what you're doing, tell them you're creating a CMA for them on their property, then ask, where should you place the "For Sale" sign? LOL!

Debbie - what a great and different comment.  So what I hear you saying is that Open Houses are seasonal and can change with the market?  I Like that, probably because I hadn't considered it before.  Man I love this place, and especially the members and their comments!  Thanks Debbie! 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Karen - great comment, thanks for sharing that. 

Virginia, that's cool you bring your family, I had not heard of that before, but why not?  Thanks!!

Leigh - I am still wiping up my keyboard as well! LOL! Thanks for the compliment! :-)

Tina - very well put. You get out of anything only what you put into it!!  Nice!

David - yes I read all those blogs, that's what took this one so long, and of course trying to use the titles to work for this post. What I concluded was this post and it's "title"!  :-) What did you conclude????

Rich - that was going to be my next post!!!  The closing gift! hahaha...just kidding, thanks!!

Broker B - sorry I missed your post, there were sooooo many, It was your title that made it hard to fit into this post, but your point was made by many others.  I'm glad you included a link to it for others to review. Hope all is well, thanks my friend!

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Joshua - one stop shop...I mean post! :-)

Bill - thanks for your contribution and for helping to make this "doozy" post a success. It will help many readers and agents with this long lived controversey.

Sharon - honored to have your comment, so what did I win? LOL!  Thanks Sharon!

Gary - and the list does go on....thanks for the compliment! :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Paula - David Stewarts post, I mean comment was quite the comment!  I hope you'll enjoy the reading of the links posted here, there is some great information and it's free to be used by those interested. Thanks!

Yolanda - thanks for your comment here, if you get any business from an open house, it's a good thing, don't forget all the seeds you are planting in the process for your future harvest! :-)

Chuck - you're right about that, things will NEVER be the same!  As long as there is change, there will be pros and cons to every aspect of this industry.

John - No. This is how I spent my Sunday night, creating a post that will hopefully provide value to my readers, clients and potential clients like you. Thanks my friend, I appreciate your comment!  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Joan - Not You!!  LOL! :-)  I think that's a first!

Inside Richmond Real Estate - this IS a REAL ESTATE ART PROJECT!!  Thanks!

Bob and Carolin - I bet you say that to all the bloggers on AR.  Thanks for your comment!!

Marty - thanks for sharing your comment, and your "1" success!  What if you were to try and replicate that experience? Just a thought, how would you be able to do that? Hmmm.

 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Brad - I did not click every link - but I did love the concept - wow - that was a ton of work.... thanks for sharing - I will be back to take a closer look
Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) about 12 years ago
Brad, WOW, what a list! You sure do spend a great deal of time on putting your posts together!  I'm very impressed!  Thanks for all your efforts!  Bookmarked and a Five!
Posted by David L. Britt, MBA (Platinum Realty, LLC) about 12 years ago
Thesa - yes...a ton of work, but fun creating it!  Never did a post like this, thought it would be different and a bit of a challenge....and it was!  Thanks for reading, commenting, and I think you'll get some GREAT info from the links in the post!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
David - this is one of those posts that took more time than I cared to spend, but I did love the challenge and also having the freedom to be creative like this.  I have not seen a post quite like it, and wanted to see what kind of response it would get.  Thanks for recognizing the time and effort that went into it!! :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Brad, you are a bad influence on all of us. You just keep raising the bar. When will good enough be good enough again? How can I read all these posts? How could you? This is over-whelming.

Just  so you know, I bookmarked this tremendous resource. You work was not in vain. Thank you.

And David Stewart  your comment should be a post by itself. Just copy and paste it to your blog.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) about 12 years ago
Wow Brad...we are very excited that you included one of our posts about open houses in your blog. That has never happened before! You are awesome!!! Quite a list you have going here!!! You obviously did some research on this one!! It was kind of fun to read all the different entries! Thanks for sharing!
Posted by Rick and Lynn Orze, Carol Stream, IL RE/MAX All Pro (RE/MAX All Pro) about 12 years ago
Bill - I'm a bad boy!!  I have to raise the bar because I just can't limbo under it! LOL!  I'll try to back it down a bit, and still keep them interesting...NOT!!!  I agree about David's comment, it would make a great post eh? :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Hi Rick and Lynn - glad you had an "Open House" post I could include. And thanks for including a title I could work with.  The most difficult part was creating sentences with others titles, and trying to make the whole thing make cents!.....I mean sense! haha
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Cute - My husband once did a letter to the editor about a federal politician using all the headlines about said politician in the Toronto Papers. It was a blast.
Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) about 12 years ago
Kathy - these types of posts and articles do take time and are a lot of fun, this one actually has a ton of great value in that the links are all open house related and really help the reader to decide if open houses work and if they are right for selling homes in this or any market.  Glad you could relate to the effort here. Thanks you husband for me!  LOL!!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Well I guess you missed mine....... Open House tips .  oh well.
Posted by Rosemary Brooks, The Mother & Daughter Realty Team (BMC Real Estate - 209-910-3706) about 12 years ago
Rosemary - I did get one titled Open House Tips, I'm sorry it wasn't yours, I'll get ya next time ok? It was very difficult to put this post together using nothing but other members title's about open houses. I know you understand! :-) Thanks! 
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Hi Brad

I agree that Open Houses can be a great way to pick up buyers and sellers and give yourself some lowcost marketing exposure.  I've been successfully using them to build my business and I believe so strongly in them that I even wrote a information product/book on them that is being sold by The Agent Guide.  Where I share all my secrets and templates!

Cheers -

Michelle Blue

Posted by The Blue Team, Working Twice As Hard For You! (Windermere Real Estate/HLC) almost 12 years ago

Michelle - I work with a local Broker who's entire success was built on open houses.  As I said in my post here, it will always be controversial.  It's nice to see that yo have taken the skill of the open house and placed it into a book for others to benefit. 

I bet if you read all my links, you'd see it would make for an excellent book too! :-) Thanks for commenting, I'll leave your link for others to access if they are interested.  I've put a tag and tracer on it just to see how many will ever read these comments, and then click on the link to your book.  Then I'll send you my bill for the 20% referral fee for advertising on my Blog! LOL!  ;-) Have a great week Michelle.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
Wow!!  I was seeing double.
Posted by Latonia Parks, Certified Military Relocation Expert (Top Bragg Realty, Fayetteville NC, Home of the 82d ABN DIV) almost 12 years ago
Latonia - LOL!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago

Very creative Brad. This must have taken you forever to do dude. The open house controversy will continue as long as there are Realtors and open houses. It's all a matter of opinion and personal preference I guess.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 10 years ago

Thanks for stopping by and for the comment JL - Yes, it did take quite some time and more creativity than I normally have. LOL~ 

It really is a matter of opinion, all the houses I have ever bought and sold in my lifetime came from open houses.  I am a believer that there is value in open houses, and just like your recent post states, you have to be aware and keep your eyes open for those specific and unforeseen opportunities. They do exist but it will forever remain a contraversy.  That's ok, I say let it.  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

I'm sure that I don't have to explain to you that I am no stranger to controversy. I have always said that people should do what works for them. It's like scripts, I suck at them and can't use them to save my life. Put in front of people at an open house and let me wing it, I'm good to go every time.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 10 years ago

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