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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

With electronic signs and 3D tours it is getting to the point where you have a 24/7 open house wihtout being there.

Jan 16, 2016 11:11 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


There is no right or wrong answer.  In some parts of the country, they work and in others they don't.  It depends on the marketplace.  A

Jan 16, 2016 08:29 AM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

We have about 75% less open houses compared to 15 years ago when I started Real Estate.

Jan 16, 2016 10:54 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

In our market, I find they are great opportunities to have represented buyers come through to see a home that their agent is too busy to show them.  I'm not sure what it is, but too many agents just aren't showing property anymore.  And buyers think they are asking too much to ask their agent to make time.

Jan 16, 2016 10:40 AM
Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

I know the text book answer, but I know the reality.  I really don't think it depends on your location, sorry to disagree with Joan Dickie.  Statistically, you are more likely to win in the lottery than sell the house you are sitting in.   Buying patterns of buyers these day are such that they do the research  On the internet before they actually visit a house.  Hence they need to have a strong internet presence. 

Jan 16, 2016 08:27 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I can honestly say I've never had one, have no desire to start and my Sellers actually thank me when I say I don't do them.  I have better things to do with my time, like book actual Buyers to see the property by appointment!

But that's just my area - others swear by them!

Jan 16, 2016 12:08 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

We sold a $680,000 home last year from an open house.

Jan 16, 2016 11:25 AM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

The majority say “it depends.” That said, the security risk of letting anyone off the street in a house has caused us to almost never do them.

Jan 16, 2016 10:56 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

In my experience they work better in some areas of the country than in others.

Jan 16, 2016 10:38 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

They are good for the seller on occasion, but it benefits the agents if people show up and don't have an agent working with them.  They may not buy that home, but you may pick them up as a client buyer.

Jan 16, 2016 10:19 AM
Melissa Jackson REALTOR
Trinity Premier Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

Depends on ""work"  I am happy to meet other buyers at open houses. Never got a contract at an open house.  They do show potential clients your working and it's a great avenue for getting my name in front of people.

Jan 16, 2016 09:51 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

It depends on the city and the price range and the realtor's goal.  Open houses seldom sell a house (although it does happen).  They are best for picking up buyers and potential sellers.


In higher end, appointment only markets, it can be good to get several agents through in short order.

Jan 16, 2016 09:02 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

They work well for me.

But it takes good preparation to create a successfull one.


Jan 17, 2016 08:47 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

I am not a fan of open houses.  They work for the agents who generate buyer leads. Not very effective for actually selling a home. 


Jan 17, 2016 03:09 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

OH's definitely work if properly set, and advertised.

Jan 16, 2016 11:53 PM
Compass - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Partner - The Private Client Network

It depends on what your objective is.  Leads?  Or sell the house.  Here in La Jolla if you need leads because we have so many out of town visitors they work for leads.   

Jan 16, 2016 11:50 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

For the sole benefit of the agent sitting the Open House.

Jan 16, 2016 11:50 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

they work on many levels.... they're absolutely a necessity for new construction.... but for resales, they sometimes draw the right buyer....but they are also a way of introducing yourself to the neighbors...we have secured many listings because of an open house.... there have been house that we provided an open house and other homeowners would walk through, listen to us communicating with potential buyers and like the way we handled that....we listed their homes....and they told us how they selected us....

Jan 16, 2016 11:26 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I haven't done them in donkey's years and don't believe they sell homes. But every market is different.

Jan 16, 2016 10:41 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Absolutely for me. There really is no right or wrong answer to this question. Real estate is local and you have to research what are agents doing in your area. For me it works..I have future sellers come in to meet me and schedule appointments to list their home. Last year I sold 2 of my listings to buyers from an open house. It works for might not for you.

Jan 16, 2016 10:32 PM
Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Conroe/Willis, TX

I believe open houses are a great way to get people into a property.  I have sold the home on a few open houses, and also picked up some great buyer leads.  Open houses have worked for years and will continue to do so.

Jan 16, 2016 09:48 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I have not sold a listing at an open house in years but sellers expect it so I host it.

Jan 16, 2016 08:10 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 I know a lot of agents who still get their leads from open houses.

Jan 16, 2016 07:38 PM
Fred Hafdelin
Weichert Realtors - Mountain Lakes, NJ

I have received an offer on a $550,000 listing from my first Open House for a property so open houses can work.  I will only do an open house for a listing thats on a highly trafficked street tho. I figure that my sellers are entitled to as much exposure to their home as I can give them. 

Jan 16, 2016 07:25 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Anthony. We do open houses on every home that we flip, it takes us about a week to prepare, they are very successful.

Jan 16, 2016 06:00 PM
Linda Guess
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Branson, MO - Branson, MO
Branson area real estate sales.

I like Open Houses.  I like to meet buyers and hopefully sell the home or another home.  In real estate everything works just to different degrees.  I will always have someone accompany me in the open house.

Jan 16, 2016 02:06 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I have had very good luck going old school

Jan 16, 2016 01:45 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Anthony Acosta not crazy about it for sure!

They do work in this market - as long as they are promoted well and homes are priced right....

Jan 16, 2016 01:41 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

They work if you do a great job preparing for Open House, it works very well. Many directional arrows, balloons, whatever it takes.

Jan 16, 2016 12:12 PM
Joan Dickie
Keller Williams Premier Realty - La Crosse, WI
Keller Williams Premier Realty

It depends on your location and the purpose of the open house.  Are you looking for buyers for the house or leads?

if people have been conditioned in your area to go to open houses, then you have a good chance to be successful.

i don't hold many opens, because When I do, I do them to sell the house, not market for other leads.  


Jan 16, 2016 08:06 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Anthony - I think it depends on the type of home, the area, and what is standard for agents in that area. Here where I work, there are fewer and fewer open houses. However, title companies and lenders do offer weekly broker tours.

Jan 19, 2016 08:41 AM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Some real estate agents will swear by them.  We swear AT them.  Kidding, of course.  For us it just hasn't been a successful use of our time or resources.

A lot of agents use them to attract new business.  Over the years we've probably picked up 3-4 buyers from the few open houses that we did do.  

Today we'll just have another agent in the office hold them for us if the seller is dead set on having one.  

Jan 18, 2016 02:11 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

It depends on you and your market.  They work for my business but not for everyone.   

Jan 17, 2016 11:33 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

For the most part, our listings do not last long enough for an open house.  

Jan 17, 2016 09:53 PM