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Old 05-21-2009, 09:11 PM
 
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My husband and I recently put our house on the market in southern Jersey. Our realtor said that she doesn't think that Open Houses really help to sell houses, but that she would do an open house on our house if we wanted it. Does anybody have any opinion...negative or positive....regarding this? My husband thinks we should have it. I think it would just bring in nosy neighbors and not serious buyers. My realtor also mentioned that things get stolen from houses during open houses. Thanks for any input.
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Old 05-21-2009, 09:47 PM
 
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As a current buyer, I think they are helpful.

It may get some buyers in that typically would not consider the house. (price, location, etc...)
It may bring in a nosy neighbor who has a friend/coworker/family member that may be in the market.
I would hide ANYTHING worth of value during an open house (or when I was showing house ever in general)

My logic is they don't HURT. Maybe they don't get your house sold but all you need is that one person and open houses bring in people. Not all people are looking for themselves but possibly will pass the info on to someone else. Just do it. What county you selling in?
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Old 05-21-2009, 09:54 PM
 
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you need to have an open house. how else are people gonna know what to expect???
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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My husband and I recently put our house on the market in southern Jersey. Our realtor said that she doesn't think that Open Houses really help to sell houses, but that she would do an open house on our house if we wanted it. Does anybody have any opinion...negative or positive....regarding this? My husband thinks we should have it. I think it would just bring in nosy neighbors and not serious buyers. My realtor also mentioned that things get stolen from houses during open houses. Thanks for any input.
First thing they'll tell you in the real estate forum is that once you're selling your house, it isn't your house any more. It's an exhibit. If you don't have things lying around, how is anyone going to steal them ?

Does it matter if "nosy neighbors" come in ? Remember, it's a public exhibit now, it isn't your house any more, and all your personal effects are out of view.

Why won't it bring serious buyers ? Is it well priced, and well promoted ? If you were a serious buyer, would you be interested in attending an open house for a place that looked promising and was priced attractively ?
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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you need to have an open house. how else are people gonna know what to expect???
Prospective buyers can arrange showings.

Compared to an open house, these can be quite inconvenient for the seller -- they only get one person in at a time, and it is usually at the buyers convenience, not the sellers. The seller then faces the dilemma of jumping through hoops to accomodate or risk losing a buyer.
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:37 PM
 
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Default Open House?

Yes you shoukd have an Open House. The time is right. Kids getting out of school weathere turning warmer. It's a no-brainer. I am a Realtor. I have sold from Open Houses. True, you will get nosy neighbors. But what the hey- they might have a co-worker,friend etc. they want as a neighbor.
just lock up your valubles and just in case any meds you may have. 1-4 is enough time. You have to show it to sell it. We are in a "challenged" market, but there is a home for everyone. Good Luck and Get it Sold!
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Old 05-22-2009, 04:27 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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When we sold, we were told by our Realtor that we probably wouldn't get a sale from an open house, but it couldn't hurt. Maybe you'll get an offer or perhaps someone who see's the house will tell someone else who's looking for a place just like yours. It couldn't hurt. If you're opposed to the idea, it's not the end of the world.

REALTOR.com: Who Benefits from an Open House?
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Old 05-22-2009, 05:23 AM
 
Location: Westwood, NJ
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Definitely, have at least a broker's open house, so all the realtors in the area can come to check out your house, since those are the people who will be selling it.

I think the stat is only 3% of buyers who come to an open house actually buy that home. Realtors use the open houses to help generate more potential clients. If the visitor to the open house doesn't like your home, the realtor will try and sell them another home in the area.
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Old 05-22-2009, 05:46 AM
 
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actually I think it would sell a house. I just recently went to 4 open houses, then a month ago 2 open houses. The funny thing is when I went to the 4 open houses 3 of the four were empty!!! However I would buy a house from an open house if I saw the perfect home. I am an all cash buyer, no mortgage needed and at an open house, if I saw just what I wanted I would have made an offer on the spot. I think an open house is a good idea. And here is the kicker of it all, I actually think I met my next real estate agent at one of the open houses, I thought he was honest and a nice guy!! He knew the area well and when what I am looking for comes on the market I am sure he will call me and maybe we can do business!
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Old 05-22-2009, 05:47 AM
 
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Definitely, have at least a broker's open house, so all the realtors in the area can come to check out your house, since those are the people who will be selling it.

I think the stat is only 3% of buyers who come to an open house actually buy that home. Realtors use the open houses to help generate more potential clients. If the visitor to the open house doesn't like your home, the realtor will try and sell them another home in the area.
your right thats how I met this nice agent and he knows now what I really want!!
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