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Rainmaker
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

At open houses, I suggest:

No wine.  

No whine.   

May 27, 2016 11:32 PM
Rainmaker
906,623
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Nope - I wouldn't want the liability

May 27, 2016 08:38 PM
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Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

Do it often - at a Broker Open, not a public open.

And in looking at the responses here, I have never known an agent to have more than a small glass of wine of any of our Broker Opens. It's not as though they stand around drinking, but on our expensive listings, we definitely serve wine and hors d'oeurvres while they are filling out the feedback forms in the kitchen 

May 27, 2016 02:38 PM
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

What I'm reading is the public shouldn't drink and drive but Realtors (most of whom drink far too much anyway) should hit the road with a few belts under their belt?  Something wrong with this picture!

May 28, 2016 12:09 AM
Rainmaker
1,176,920
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Wine, right next to pens & contracts, oh yes. 

May 27, 2016 03:18 PM
Rainmaker
2,610,411
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

All the grape juice you can drink but never wine

May 27, 2016 11:07 PM
Rainmaker
1,707,297
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Absilutely not. All you need is one drunk driver for max liability.

May 27, 2016 09:49 PM
Rainmaker
1,157,435
FN LN
Toronto, ON

Never.

May 27, 2016 09:33 PM
Rainmaker
1,623,972
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Never; only a good sour mash!

May 28, 2016 02:05 AM
Rainmaker
1,444,727
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Coal Infantino No, there is too much liability should something happen to them on the way home.

May 28, 2016 01:31 AM
Rainmaker
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Sure, 1 glass for liability purposes.

May 28, 2016 01:22 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Nope. I don't think it's appropiate, and I certainly don;t need [otential buyers wandering around spilling in it my client's home. And we are prohibited from doing so per our MLS for Broker Opens

May 28, 2016 12:15 AM
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Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     I've been to Open Houses where the host or showing agent had obviously served some wine to themselves.

May 27, 2016 11:24 PM
Rainmaker
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Hell, NO.....

May 27, 2016 10:40 PM
Rainer
273,909
Curtis Evans
Cabin Realty LLC/ USA, Licensed in Louisiana - Golden Meadow, LA

No way, the risk is way too high. 

May 27, 2016 10:30 PM
Rainmaker
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

No way, too much liability

May 27, 2016 09:59 PM
Rainmaker
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

No, I stash it and sneak a swig when no one's looking [G]
A little in moderation is fine. Tipsy brokers forget their purpose.

May 27, 2016 02:51 PM
Rainer
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DEANNA C. SMITH CERTIFIED MOBILE NOTARY
Certified Mobile Notary Signing Agent - Smith Mountain Lake, VA
Highest Ranked Certified Mobile Notary in Virginia

If there is alcohol being served, I will not participate !

May 28, 2016 12:29 PM
Rainmaker
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Yes, we have open houses with wine and champagne. I myself had a few such broker open houses, but only for high end properties. 

May 28, 2016 11:39 AM
Rainmaker
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Broker open after five . . .

May 28, 2016 05:47 AM
Rainmaker
3,904,868
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

No.. if someone drinks too much and gets behind the wheel of a car do you need any liability, however tangential? And why would you take on liability for other brokers if you don't for the public?

May 28, 2016 04:03 AM
Rainmaker
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Coal,

Just think of spillage that may occur in the home.  It can become a liability also.  A

May 28, 2016 03:47 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

no. No. NO. No Way.  I know many that do ... not going to happen on my watch. 

May 28, 2016 02:44 AM
Rainmaker
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

No way. That falls under risk reduction.

May 28, 2016 01:09 AM
Rainmaker
3,872,333
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Broker open yes, public open no.

May 27, 2016 11:22 PM
Rainmaker
3,069,684
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

never

May 27, 2016 10:26 PM
Rainmaker
4,018,617
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

At a broker open, yes. For a public open, no!

May 27, 2016 10:21 PM
Rainmaker
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Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

I have in the past but not worth the risk anymore. Brokers open yes-I know all those lushes-LOL

May 27, 2016 10:15 PM
Rainmaker
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Jack Lewitz
Exit Strategy Realty - Evanston, IL

I have and would for special properties and clients

May 27, 2016 10:02 PM
Rainmaker
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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

I would not. Waterfronts here have a Broker's Open with wine and cheese in the early evening hours.

May 27, 2016 09:35 PM
Rainmaker
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Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

No - I don't think it is a good idea.  It could be a liability and I'm not sure what message that sends to the public / consumer.

May 27, 2016 09:15 PM
Rainmaker
791,216
Susan Laxson CRS
Palm Properties - La Quinta, CA
Local Knowledge & Global Network

It depends on if it is a broker preview or public open house. I haven't for public open houses, because I would wonder if they were there to see the home or just to get free wine. Actually, thinking about it, maybe that is why the brokers come also!

May 27, 2016 08:14 PM
Rainmaker
634,272
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Sometimes, especially late afternoon into evening, serving light finger food and non alcoholic beverages , beer and wine makes a festive and productive gathering.

May 27, 2016 06:34 PM
Rainer
215,563
Sharon Altier, SFR
Lawton Realty Group, Inc. - Elmhurst, IL
Your Real Estate Partner

Absolutely not.  No reason to increase your liability and that would require additional/special insurance.  Unless your Seller is also procuring the additional Rider as well, avoid it. Someone easily tripping down stairs, driving under influence and getting into an accident...no thank you. 

May 28, 2016 03:24 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

 Coal Infantino not a good idea for sure...

May 28, 2016 12:23 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Many agents do a wine and cheese broker open but I have not. I have not done this and probably wouldn't.

May 28, 2016 09:45 AM
Rainmaker
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Second time posting due to AR glitches, so shorter version now!

I've seen wine and champagne served.  I've even seen full blown parties with food, wine tasting and a live band for brokers opens.

 

I would not due to liability issues.  There was a DUI locally where the driver killed a Deputy and blamed the bar he had just left for his actions... AND SUED THE BAR!!  Between that stupidity and "Social Host Ordinances" that will punish the parent WHO ISN'T HOME when their underage kid throws a party that provides booze to minors, I don't want to risk it.

 

Plus at an open house you would need someone serving the drinks and making sure EVERYONE provided a photo ID so that no underage persons consumed the hooch.

May 28, 2016 07:38 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I once served cookies, a mistake that I will not be repeating.

Quite distracting, messy, and hard to keep on my focus of selling the home when I am dealing with cookies, kids and messes.

May 27, 2016 11:19 PM
Rainmaker
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I've seen BROKER's Open that were 4-6pm where beer & wine was available

May 27, 2016 10:22 PM
Rainmaker
869,001
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

The more important question must be "What is the purpose of serving wine at the open house?"

There could be several.

1. Reinforces the 'lifestyle' message of the homes staging

2. It is a polite way to say "Shut up and listen."

3. Or an exchange for contact or other important information.

No one is suggesting providing a 'Happy Hour' volume of wine but more likely a taster sample.

Be aware, if there is no purpose, you are simply throwing money away and making life way to complicated.

May 27, 2016 10:15 PM
Rainmaker
3,834,687
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Depending on the price of the house.

May 27, 2016 10:14 PM
Rainmaker
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

How else can you get associates to your Brokers Open? Would it work at one for the general public? Not on your life! 

May 27, 2016 09:32 PM
Rainmaker
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

No.

May 27, 2016 09:30 PM
Rainmaker
1,789,720
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

No. 

May 27, 2016 09:14 PM
Rainmaker
6,366,759
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Wine is often served at broker opens but not usually for public events.

May 27, 2016 09:10 PM
Rainmaker
1,384,363
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

No way - don't want the responsibility.

May 29, 2016 07:12 AM
Rainmaker
512,674
Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

Prohibited by my MLS, but I've attended some Broker's opens where they did it anyway.  

We serve coffee all the time, does that count? 

May 28, 2016 03:19 PM
Rainmaker
864,258
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Nope. Not my house, hence, I don't want to have the liability.

May 28, 2016 03:06 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

no and more no

May 28, 2016 02:14 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Sometimes I do a special Open House for neighbors, and I'll maybe do wine and cheese.  But usually not.

May 28, 2016 01:59 PM
Rainmaker
1,683,050
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

No, but possibly champaigne at a Broker Open.

May 28, 2016 01:36 PM
Rainmaker
149,484
Esther Preston
Heartland Realty - Redmond, OR

NO.........

May 28, 2016 01:31 PM
Rainmaker
1,962,409
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

only at a neighbors' open house

May 28, 2016 12:54 PM
Rainer
318,363
Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

You will find wine at broker opens in our area.

May 28, 2016 12:15 PM
Ambassador
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Not to the public..  Maybe at a Broker's Open, but I rarely do those.

May 28, 2016 08:54 AM
Rainmaker
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

No, not my style.  But, I have heard a lot of whining at open houses.

May 28, 2016 04:30 AM
Rainer
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Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

when the public (not RE) was there, heck no! unless it was a invite only

May 28, 2016 04:07 AM
Rainmaker
831,125
Peter Mohylsky. Broker Associate
Miramar Beach - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
THE BEACH IS OPEN AND WAITING FOR YOU

Depends, not an overwhelming fan of open houses.  

May 27, 2016 11:59 PM
Rainmaker
1,135,987
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

to minors?

definitely not....

May 27, 2016 10:44 PM
Rainmaker
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Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Never. Way too risky!

Oct 07, 2016 02:44 AM
Rainmaker
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Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Coastal Properties

At our luxury Brokers Opens we serve food and wine pairings. Any Public open house, which we do rarely but would not serve any wine. 

Jun 03, 2016 11:14 AM
Rainmaker
281,768
Nancy Robinson Ranked #6 in MI
Century 21 Town and Country - Royal Oak, MI
#11 Century21 Realtor in the US, #16 in the World

NO NO NO!!! Never never never. 

Jun 01, 2016 02:40 PM
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Have been to some that have served wine, but at my listings no.   Not the liability nor the possibility of red wine on the carpet.

Jun 01, 2016 02:26 AM
Rainmaker
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Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, GRI,SFR, REALTOR®

Good morning Coal,

No on my clock:)

May 29, 2016 11:20 PM