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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

We're seeing a lot of catered broker opens Thursday evening.  They're starting to be fun.

Jul 12, 2015 11:21 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

No. These hours are not popular in our area.

Many have tried wine and cheese open houses but they are not common.

Jul 12, 2015 10:06 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

Not particularly, no.

Jul 12, 2015 10:01 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Virtual Realty Consultants - I haven't seen many in our area - I am sure there will be many in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville area...

Jul 12, 2015 09:03 AM
Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
Rowlett Real Estate School - Panama City, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

I haven't seen anything advertised at those hours.

Jul 12, 2015 11:49 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Some will say open house of any type are a waste if time.

But that is not my opinion.

Off-hour open houses work best for houses located very near professional or corporate office center. Those places that have a good population of mid-management people in developmental positions.

For this to work you need to send pre-notification to the commuter.

This can be as simple as 'Have lunch on me!" Thursday @12 bandit signs posted several days in advance. IT is the advance notification that allows the commuter to skip lunch or delay their arrival home.

This does not work well for homes not in every close proximity to the place of work.

There are four opportunities for the real estate professional to exploit this opportunity. You should put some thought into this and take the needed action.

Be aware, those who will attend are in need of solutions entirely different than the traditional home buyers. Make sure you display their issues clearly along with your solution.  This is the magic to get them to raise their hand and start this journey with you.

Jul 12, 2015 11:03 PM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Never happened here. Interesting idea, and I wonder how they'd go.

Jul 12, 2015 10:13 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Weekdays no, Sat and Sun yes

Jul 12, 2015 09:31 PM
Toronto, ON

I don't see many open houses during these hours.

Jul 12, 2015 05:11 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Open houses in my area aren't popular. It wouldn't matter when you held them. 

Jul 12, 2015 03:52 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

No but is does sound like a good idea to get started on.

It seems like we get a tremendous about of requests for showings between 4 and 7pm

Jul 12, 2015 01:10 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Some agents do them and have a small amount of success. It have tried it too and now choose not to. People want to get home.

Jul 12, 2015 12:56 PM
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

No, I don't think I've ever heard of an open house happening those times. I think after work people want to get home!

Jul 12, 2015 12:02 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

No = I wish they were

Jul 12, 2015 12:01 PM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

No, never heard of them and can not imagine they would be very successful any place.  People are just too busy after work.

Jul 12, 2015 11:50 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

No, our area is mainly resort and second homes so vacationers are a big part of our market. But we got some good traffic at a recent open house from 5-7 pm, catching people coming home from their outings.

Jul 12, 2015 10:07 AM