Chris Mamone, Senior Loan Officer (Keller Mortgage)

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Christina Sanchez Hood
Palo Alto, CA
#SiliconValleyHOODS | Inspired Living

Great question, Chris Mamone.  

I had a big scare on a recent broker tour/open house visiting a luxury home by a busy street.  The agent/hostess had her cute little dog with her and she put him down to show me the basement.  Another male agent was also viewing the property and said he would watch the dog.  From the basement, we heard a scream, it was the male agent asking for help.  The hostess and I both ran up from the basement to see what happened.  The dog got spooked when we went into the basement and began to run away.  The male agent went to catch him before he left the house, only that scared the little dog even more, so he ran out faster, up the driveway and into the street.  The hostess was equally as fast and ran after the dog.  We could not see the street from the front door, as the driveway was curved, nor could we see the agent or the dog.  Not knowing what to do, the male agent and I waited for the hostess to return.

After what seemed like an eternity, the hostess came back with the dog.  We were all happy to know the little dog was safely back in his owner's arms.  

Lesson:  Dog photos at open houses are ok.  Dogs, not so much.


Jul 11, 2015 05:11 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Sitting at an open house for 3 hours with zero showings and deciding this would be the last one I ever held.  Haven't done one in over 10 years.

Jul 12, 2015 12:14 AM
Spirit Messingham
Tierra Antigua Realty - Tucson, AZ
Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900

While at an open house, was telling the potential client about a just listed house down the road.  Stopped what I was doing, ran down to show them and they wrote an offer.   We were out bid, but still.  Nice to see direct and instant results from an open house.

Jul 12, 2015 12:10 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Writing a purchase offer on the spot and getting it acepted within one hour.

Jul 11, 2015 11:53 PM
Ed Macias
Real Estate Teammates - Miami, FL
Miami FL-REO Property Management Multifamily

When I sold and listed 3 homes that day

Jul 11, 2015 11:37 PM
Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
Rowlett Real Estate School - Panama City, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

I attended an open house that had a BBQ going. LOL

Jul 11, 2015 11:29 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

A course on RAS had just concluded and I was ready to put my new skill to work. The attendee and I had chatted about 90 seconds at the front door, time sufficient to have the attendee share their purpose, and suggested a particular area of the home she must spend a few extra moment in.

When I saw her sit on the coach in that area, I knew what would and did happen next. 

My favorite memory of an open house is realizing if you trust yourself, if you put into real action what you know and have been educated to do, the outcomes are so much more predictable and rewarding.

When I have the opportunity to work with a newbie, guiding them to similar 'real life success' experiences is crucial


Jul 11, 2015 11:22 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I don't remember any odd situations....but a good experience was writing up many reservations on new homes in a community at one open house event....

Jul 11, 2015 11:14 PM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

Sold it, listed the buyers property and sold that as well.  Has happened alot.

Jul 11, 2015 10:34 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Chris. The first open house I ever did for home that we were flipping, no one showed up. At the time, I thought all you had to do was put up a sign and they will come. It is amazing what preparation will do.

Jul 11, 2015 07:26 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

As a new agent, I was holding one of my listings open, and as I was about to leave to pull out my Open House arrow, a guy walked in and said, "Yup.  This is the place!"  He bought it.

Jul 12, 2015 12:11 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Chris Mamone - meeting a guest who eventually bought 'another' home with me and became my advocate!

Even now, when I meet them, we talk about how we met!

Jul 12, 2015 08:51 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

The one where some people followed me to the house as I was putting up signage and later bought the house!

Jul 12, 2015 07:26 AM