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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Michael - If you go to open houses, you need to be so respectful of the agents time and their primary objective. 


I have brought some goodies for the agents and they were appreciative.  Sometimes you go to an open house and there is no one there and the agent is thrilled to talk to some to help pass the time (happens more often in winter on colder days).  If there was someone there, I would generally drop off the goodies (w/ a card/bag w/ our logo) and politely leave saying I wanted to respect their time.

Sometimes, it would be someone I would know and if there was someone there and they weren't busy, they would tell me to wait and we would chat until the next potential buyer came in.

Jul 26, 2015 06:54 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Only if they want to purchase !

(Kidding!!!  I've never held a house open)

Jul 26, 2015 06:14 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hi Michael -- I have had home inspectors drop by an open house and hand me a card and I don't mind.  I think it shows they have initiative but I would be annoyed if they stayed too long or were obnoxiously soliciting for business -- that would be tacky.   A short hello and a follow-up note or email would be appropriate in my opinion.

Jul 27, 2015 01:46 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

only if they are interested in buying!!!! why do they need to be solicit future business??  that's one way to never get called, in my opinion....

Jul 26, 2015 07:43 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Michael Thornton if the home inspector is around (and needed) to answer some of the questions from guests, it's fine.

Jul 26, 2015 06:37 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

That's never happened. Do you mean they're there with potential buyers? In which case I'd be happy to have them.

Jul 26, 2015 09:28 PM
Toronto, ON

Only if they are thinking of purchasing the house.

Jul 26, 2015 08:34 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Michael. Absolutely, if they are interested in purchasing the property that I am offering.

Make it a great week!

Jul 26, 2015 07:49 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

It could make the selling agent nervous if you are poking around at an open.


Jul 26, 2015 03:07 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I don't think I would.  If you mean to solite business I'd rather have them make an appointment at my office.

Jul 26, 2015 02:25 PM
Yolanda Hoversten
Self Employed - O'Fallon, IL
Referrals for O’Fallon, IL & the Metro East

I get along well with inspectors in my area, but I don't see why they would attend my open house. They are typically very busy during the work week that they probably would want to spend time with their family and friends instead.

Jul 26, 2015 01:36 PM
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

like? why not. im sure he or she wouldnt be putting beer bottles down my disposal. so why not? actually call me wierd. but i would pick his brain for advice on the home i was in, after all im in it because it isnt sold. a inspection will be called for (hopefully) so i might want to get a jump on it. wierd??

Jul 26, 2015 10:05 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I would say only of they want to purchase it. Other than that, as a listing agent no. 

Jul 26, 2015 09:08 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I don't care who shows up. I have no way to screen people and don't discriminate. The home inspector might be a buyer or know someone looking for a similar house.

Jul 26, 2015 08:49 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

No. Open houses are for prospective home buyers and prospective home sellers who want to be familiar with the market.

On the other hand, I would welcome a preferred home inspector as a sponsor of a broker open. In our market, broker opens are usually on Tuesdays at lunchtime.

Jul 26, 2015 07:11 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. is disrupting for everyone,.

Jul 26, 2015 05:41 AM