Guin White, Tenacious Problem-Solver, Referral Broker (Barker Realty)

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Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA
For the sellers :
  • Make sure the propery is clean and uncluttered.
  • Secure valuables, medications and paperwork such as credit card statements.
  • Enjoy doing something fun off site during the open house.

For you:

  • Put the open house into the MLS so it feeds to consumer websites.
  • Post the open house on Craigslist, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.
  • Ask the sellers if they'd like to share the open house on their social media.
  • Use plenty of signage.
  • Consider sending an e-flyer to the realtors in your area.
  • Consider dropping invites in the neighborhood.
  • Preview other nearby listings.

I always bring bottled water and snacks for visitors if okay with the sellers.

Jan 31, 2015 11:23 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Three areas they need to focus on:

  1. Preparing the home physically (Clean, updates, and repairs).
  2. Security.  Secure valuables, drugs, and personal data.
  3. Review feedback from buyers and other agents to see what you need to do to sell (lower price or make alterations/repairs).
Feb 05, 2015 02:13 AM
Penny Stevenson
Chestatee Real Estate - Dahlonega, GA

Really don't know your area...but be safe! Make sure you have someone from your office check on you during and after the open house. Agree with the other comments about locking up valuables and medications. Good luck! Hope it brings you a Buyer!

Feb 02, 2015 02:58 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

For the sellers...CLEAN,CLEAN,CLEAN.  finger prints on mirrors is always a downer.

Also, to declutter as much as possible, but that should go with the listing agreement.

Feb 01, 2015 03:53 AM
Guin White
Barker Realty - Santa Fe, NM
Tenacious Problem-Solver, Referral Broker

Roy Kelley and Nina Hollander Thanks for the reminders about security. We always think about the appearance of the home, but the safety of our homeowners, OH visitors and ourselves needs to be top of mind. Good tips for sure.

Feb 01, 2015 03:20 AM
AJ Heidmann ~ CRS
McEnearney Associates, Inc. - Alexandria, VA
YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert

Guin - As said before, make the open house known in as many places as possible; MLS, Craigslist, Facebook, etc and use all the signs that you have (within local laws).  Remember that you are on stage, so once it begins you need to block out other things and concentrate on the people... think of a good bartender you might know.

Jan 31, 2015 11:11 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

You have already received good tips from others. Good luck.

Jan 31, 2015 10:53 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

You have received some outstanding advice. Good luck with your open houses.

Remind yourself to put personal safety first when you hold open houses. 

Jan 31, 2015 09:44 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Make certain home is spotless, all valuables and prescription drugs and firearms put away, stay away from the house until at least 30 minutes after the OH ends.

Jan 31, 2015 09:07 PM
Guin White
Barker Realty - Santa Fe, NM
Tenacious Problem-Solver, Referral Broker

Thank you for the many wonderful suggestions. I'll do everything you all have recommended. Great marketing ideas, too!

Jan 31, 2015 12:24 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I would hand them a check list of what to do to prepare the home for sale and another list for day of the open house to.

Jan 31, 2015 11:21 AM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

What Cindy Davis said, as well as prescription drugs;  as far as making it a success, have them spread the word, as well as advertising it online through whatever means you typically use to promote your listings.  Signs, as long as they are not violating any local or HOA guidelines, often draw a lot of traffic, if you are in a good area for them.  And, yes, what Debbie Gartner said, make sure the house is spotless, pets and family are away, outside looks a good as the inside and if there has been snow/ice, be sure the sidewalks and steps are clean and clear of any slick spots. 

Jan 31, 2015 11:03 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

Remind your sellers to lock up or remove any valuables, i.e. jewelry, cash, desk drawers.

Jan 31, 2015 09:21 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Well for sure, I would make sure they make sure the place is spotless and that they aren't there.  You might want to have them send notes to the neighbors and their friends and/or post on their FB page.

Jan 31, 2015 09:13 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Secure your valuables, then follow the plan.

Feb 21, 2019 02:29 AM
Dipti Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
On a team with Praful Thakkar

Market online and on Facebook.

Jun 11, 2018 11:29 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Good marketing from ListingsToLeads.

May 27, 2018 09:50 PM
Ajay Pandya
e-Merge Real Estate Unlimited - Columbus, OH
Realtor Ajay Pandya

Tell them to keep their expensive belongings safe. Good suggestions here.

Jan 30, 2018 11:31 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Make sure they leave.

Dec 01, 2017 06:31 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

That you are more likely to get new clients than the Open House selling their listing...

Feb 17, 2016 09:54 PM
Kimo Jarrett
Cyber Properties - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Lots of good solid advice, however, make sure you have adequate assistance and ensure they know what invaluable features of the listing is unique and extol the benefits of those features. Start with quality, maintenance free, lifetime benefits and values converted into dollars saved but can be used to upgrade kitchen, baths, flooring or outdoor living concepts. Finally, ask every prospect to make an offer. So many agents show and tell but never ask to close.

Feb 03, 2015 09:50 AM
Pat Braithwaite
Braithwaite Realty - Marietta, GA

Homescenes...thank you for the reminder. I use a text call but may try yours.

Feb 02, 2015 07:36 PM
Marilyn O'Donoghue
Long & Foster Avalon - Avalon, NJ

I enjoy reading the posts and suggestions to see how agents from all over the country handle open houses.  I would add don't forget to give a recap to your sellers about visitors and all the steps you took to prepare for the day.

Feb 02, 2015 10:06 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Have good signage in the area, and invite the neighbors to stop by!

Feb 02, 2015 07:18 AM
Theresa Akin

If you have a lender you work closely with, let them know of your open house. They just might like to drum up some business and get someone pre-qualified on the spot. They can counsel potential buyers for purchasing. I had an open house and a lender team was present also. It was such a good open house, they pre-qualified 3 buyers and I had got them into buyer's rep agreements. Best open house I ever had. Had extra for security with the open house, 3 buyers  who purchased by the end of the year about 5 months and yes we sold the house. I only served water nothing with chocolate or food coloring or sticky. can be a mess. The open house was suppose to be from 2-5 but people were waiting at 130 and i was there til after 6. Good kind of tired. I had many directional signs. Other agents said I had too many. Is 8 too many when you sell a house for over $200000 and 3 more by the end of the year? That was just a really good one. Just take heed to what everyone has said. Consider all issues especiallly the safety issues if you are the only one to be there. Like I stated I've had couple really good ones the last ones not so good. If you have a license to carry do so. Never let your guard down. Not trying to scare you, just keep your personal safety in mind and check! Good Luck on your open house!

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Feb 02, 2015 02:30 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hi Guin - you have received excellent advice.  Proper preparation goes a long way along with setting the expectations.  Some areas are more receptive to open houses(mine typically is) but for others they are not well-attended.  

If the open house is scheduled to end at a certain time -- make sure they are not waiting to get back into their home --- I like time to make sure all visitors have left, lights turned off, doors locked, etc.  Nothing worse than the car pulling into the driveway with Mom, Dad, the kids and pets standing outside.

Feb 02, 2015 01:30 AM
Barbara Le Pine
ADVANTAGE REAL ESTATE, serving Lincoln County - Newport, OR
Your agent for the Central Oregon Coast!

Guin, my best advice is lots of directional signs at corners and main highways, flags out front and someone to accompany you for safety, always make the visitors sign in prior to viewing.  Asking the neighbors if you can place directionals is the best way to meet the neighbors and give out your card. They will appreciate being asked and might list with you or recommend you in future.

I usually offer something to eat as I am the one who gets hungry toward the end of the open house :)

Feb 02, 2015 01:24 AM
Liane Thomas, Top Listing Agent
Professional Realty Services® - Corona, CA
Bringing you Home!

Remind the sellers you are working, so please ask them to stay away.

Last weekend my seller walked in just in time to hear someone say he had no sense of style. Uggg!


Feb 02, 2015 01:23 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Ask them to make sure the house is clean and neat and valuables are secured.

Tell then you will have a sign in sheet and will follow up.

Sometimes they will get a buyer from the house but it may take a while.

Feb 01, 2015 01:41 PM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Prepare the sellers that there may or may not be a good turn out. 

Feb 01, 2015 01:39 PM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

I should add that it's important for the agent to check all windows and doors before you leave to make sure they're locked.  

Occasionally, a visitor will come in and innocently unlock a door or window. Others who do this may have bad intentions.  It's better to be safe than sorry. 

Feb 01, 2015 11:20 AM
Guin White
Barker Realty - Santa Fe, NM
Tenacious Problem-Solver, Referral Broker

AJ Heidmann Great advice! Funny you should equate it with bartending. I owned and ran a Martini bar for several years, so I totally get it. Thanks much.

Feb 01, 2015 03:17 AM