Cristal Clark, E-Networking Specialist, Digital Marketing Professional (Social Animal Studios)

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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I don't do open houses, but if I did I would not be baking or serving food.

Aug 05, 2016 08:23 PM
Rainmaker
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I have an open house, but I do not bring any food anymore, only bottles of  water and marketing material. 

Aug 05, 2016 04:54 PM
Rainmaker
796,132
Susan Laxson CRS
Premier Sotheby's International Realty - Naples, FL
The Michelle Thomas Team

Not usually, just bottles of cold water.

Aug 05, 2016 07:39 PM
Rainmaker
3,617,205
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

No ma'am nothing. Just one accident, it's not worth it. 

Aug 05, 2016 08:18 PM
Rainmaker
4,104,487
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I may have bottled water at an open house but I don't touch the oven.

Aug 06, 2016 12:11 AM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     Some gurus will tell you to put cinnamon oil in a dish, bake cookies, put lemons in the garbage disposal, etc.   I've never done any of that.

    Serving food or wine...   maybe on an invitation high-end or luxury Open House, catered.  Otherwise, no.

Aug 05, 2016 10:31 PM
Rainmaker
920,273
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Nah, I tried this once - didn't go very well

Aug 05, 2016 10:20 PM
Rainer
231,919
Jessie Cochran
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Panama City Realty Group

I don't bake in the oven at home LOL

Aug 05, 2016 10:09 PM
Rainmaker
1,723,835
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

Absolutely hell no. Reminds me of Annette Benning in that movie.

Aug 05, 2016 09:48 PM
Ambassador
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I used to put some vanilla on a piece of foil but now I don't serve sancks anymore so that doesn't seem appropriate.

Aug 06, 2016 12:49 PM
Rainmaker
4,799,501
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

If I did, there would be a good chance I would either stink up the home or burn it down.

Aug 06, 2016 07:37 AM
Rainmaker
5,593,968
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Cristal,

No, I would not bake, nor would I serve food, and especially not wine...there are all kinds of issues with alcohol that may come back and haunt you.  Water and marketing material is just fine.  A

Aug 06, 2016 04:00 AM
Rainmaker
5,571,950
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

no alcohol ever...

no baking in anyone's oven....

we only have food catered during a Broker Open House.... we don't feed the public....

Aug 06, 2016 01:29 AM
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Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

I'm assuming that your goal is to send that "fresh-baked-bread" aroma throughout the house, making it warm and welcoming.

I have heard of people who have done that... but I ain't one of 'em.  I used to put a cinnamon stick boiling in a pot on the stove... but since the advent of Febreze, that's no longer necessary.

Aug 05, 2016 11:20 PM
Rainmaker
3,069,984
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Nina Hollander nailed this one!

Aug 05, 2016 10:31 PM
Rainmaker
6,615,473
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

One of our local agents bakes chocolate chip cookies at open houses. It is a great idea if acceptable to the home sellers.

Aug 05, 2016 08:58 PM
Rainmaker
885,744
Peter Mohylsky. Broker -BRIX REALTY
Miramar Beach, Florida - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
BRIX REALTY -DESTIN

I have baked cookies in the past and ended up watching them .

Aug 05, 2016 08:56 PM
Rainmaker
3,725,348
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

No but I bring fresh cookies, vegetable plates and the list goes on and on, Endre

Aug 05, 2016 04:56 PM
Rainmaker
4,048,667
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Just cold bottled water.

Aug 08, 2016 01:10 AM
Rainmaker
634,282
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

We have food - usually a full lunch - at our brokers opens and it stimulates a big turn out. For regular open houses no food but usually bottled water.

Aug 07, 2016 07:31 PM
Rainmaker
1,683,350
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I don't use the sellers appliances,  Bottled water and cookies are sufficient.

Aug 07, 2016 03:37 PM
Rainmaker
1,388,078
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

"Oh those fresh baked cookies smell great, but what is the smell covering up?"   That's what I think (after devouring the plate of cookies).

I don't serve food or drinks at open houses (with the exception of a broker's open).  Too much trash is created and there is too much risk of furniture getting damaged.  Plus there is some liability if you serve alcohol.

Aug 07, 2016 04:28 AM
Rainmaker
104,511
Scott Lawson
America's Home loans - Santa Rosa, Petaluma Mortgage Broker - Santa Rosa, CA
Mortgage Broker FHA, VA, refinance or purchase

Wow....I'm the only yes....

Tolhouse cookies and Starbucks coffee...Minimal mess, easy to do, smells great when they walk in and people ALWAYS appreciate it...

In a seller's market, nobody cares. When that changes, the little things will go a long way...

Aug 06, 2016 01:10 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

If it's a brokers' open with food, I've used the seller's oven - with their permission. 

Aug 06, 2016 12:04 PM
Rainmaker
1,525,305
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Not usually. I might bring snacks but I don't use the oven in the homes.

Aug 06, 2016 11:22 AM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I have done this while I was still trying to figure out why open houses don't work in my area. I haven't done an open house is probably eight years. 

Aug 06, 2016 09:27 AM
Rainmaker
4,017,344
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Use to but not in a long time.

Aug 06, 2016 09:22 AM
Rainmaker
822,362
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

No! Just offer some cookies or candy and maybe water.

Aug 06, 2016 04:56 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Not this time of year for certain.

I tried cookies at an open once, never again.

Too much mess, and far too much distraction.

We are there to sell or rent a home, best if all are concentrating on that alone.

Aug 06, 2016 04:32 AM
Rainmaker
2,442,558
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

No, I bake brownies at home and will sometimes warm them in the microwave.  I don't want the house to be overly warm.

Aug 06, 2016 03:24 AM
Rainmaker
43,193
Rose Clark, Realtor, ABR, GRI
Alain Pinel Realtors - Carmel, CA
Inspiring & Passionate Real Estate Professional

If it's a larger luxury property I usually have a tray of locally baked goodies out in the kitchen along with bottled waters.

Aug 06, 2016 03:19 AM
Rainmaker
3,471,017
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Cristal Clark  I buy ready from the store.

Aug 06, 2016 02:43 AM
Rainmaker
290,569
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

No food and no wine for us Cristal Clark.  For clients there is just water!  Alot of our homes are vacant, so to bake there I would need a few items, and not just the food.  If it is an Office Home Tour there is nothing, as agents are going from house to house, and they may not even be in the same community. 

Aug 06, 2016 02:14 AM
Rainmaker
4,216,326
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Once in a while! No food or wine! On a hot day, bottled water!

Aug 05, 2016 11:34 PM
Rainmaker
2,642,512
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The market is moving well so very little assist is necessary to attract attention

Aug 05, 2016 11:28 PM
Rainmaker
1,157,485
FN LN
Toronto, ON

No.

Aug 05, 2016 11:00 PM
Rainmaker
4,433,703
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

No.

Aug 05, 2016 09:05 PM