It is time for a blog about open houses. Open houses (Opens) are a great way for people to learn about a neighborhood, even if they are not ready to buy. I usually have cookies and encourage you to take time, sit a spell and really check out a home. I love where I live and sell homes. I’m always happy to suggest why you should look and what is great about the area. Open houses are also for buyers who are sent by their agent. Sign–in using your real name and put your agents name. I do not have you sign in to harass you with sales calls. I will only call you if you ask me to. The sheet is merely a record of who took a twirl.
Yes the neighbors are welcome to look. I have no issue with that because on occasion they have a buyer/relative/friend/co-worker who would like to live here too. This is a great scenario because they are choosing their own neighbor.
Occasionally I will have another agent from my office help at my open if we expect a volume of people or there is a pool/pond for safety. Sometimes we help each other out with an open if more than one listing hits the market at the same time. There are 52 weeks in a year. Consider that if you hire the #1 person who has their name on every sign or more listings than weeks in the year that they will not be the one at your open house. Many agents/offices use new agents to work their opens. When you are looking to hire an agent ask if they will be working your open house. Mortgage reps may also attend. This is really helpful to a new buyer as they can answer many questions about the process. If I do not have an open, I will look at inventory on open house day to pre-view for buyers I may have.
There is another open house agents host called broker opens. These are opens for other agents during the week to see new inventory after they hit the market. This is another way for local agents to consider who they have looking that might be a good fit for your home. Agents will provide a light lunch and we get to catch up on all the latest real estate news.