Dan Capra, Listing/Buyer Agent (LAER Realty Partners)

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

I like to list on Wednesday evening or Thursdays just in time for weekends. But I never hold off on showings. What's the purpose of that? I can't imagine trying to explain to a seller why a home isn't showing once the marketing program has been put into efffect.  Sellers don't care when a home is sold... they just want showings and offers. Why wouldn't you want offers immediately as you list? And I also don't do open houses, in any event.

Aug 02, 2017 04:34 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

I don't hold open houses because I'm working by referral, so I list when they are ready in some cases or as a preferred target date, Thursday. Open houses are not designed to sell a home in 2017 (as they were pre-1990's), they are designed to capture leads these days since the Internet and private showings are what sell homes in 2017, so that is your call on the "release date" strategy if you plan to host open houses.

Aug 02, 2017 04:45 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

No, I don't waste DOM by playing that game! I see others doing that and by the time their Open House Saturday arrives, my listings have gotten multiple Offers and are under Contract after having listed on Thursday (my favorite day to list). 

Aug 02, 2017 05:44 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Dan Capra - mid-week is best, Wednesday is what I prefer. This gives enough time to the listing agent for the Sunday Open House preparation.

There is no harm showing the house to the potential buyers - as long as the listing agent makes it clear that all the offers will be reviewed after the open house.

Remember, the listing agent should still present the offers to the sellers and the sellers may accept any offer prior to that deadline.

(Nice to see you here in 'Rain.)


Aug 02, 2017 09:54 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Nice to be able to show up at the open and anounce to all that this one is under contract already, but you would be happy to take their name and set up a time to look at some others.

Aug 02, 2017 09:11 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Depends on what the client wants.  Usually getting it up for showings ASAP is the preference.

Aug 02, 2017 08:47 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Estate Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

It really depends on the propriety and the location of the property.  In general, I prefer to list on Thursday or first thing Friday morning. Most importantly, I want all reports and disclosures available at the time the property goes live on the MLS.

Aug 02, 2017 08:43 AM
AJ Heidmann ~ CRS
McEnearney Associates, Inc. - Alexandria, VA
YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert

Dan ~ I prefer to activate a listing on Thursday so that there is enough time for it to syndicate to all the other websites with a Sunday open house.  Per the rules of our MLS, once a property is in Active status it must be available for showings.  Since contract review is generally a couple days after the open house, I want to get as many people into the home as possible and don't hold off showings at all.

Aug 02, 2017 08:43 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I allow showings from the time the listing goes live in the MLS system.

Aug 02, 2017 07:00 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

When I get it...I sell it

Aug 02, 2017 06:23 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I would never hold off on showing if the home is ready to be viewed.

Aug 02, 2017 05:47 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Activate on Thursdays - immediately available for showings...

Aug 02, 2017 05:41 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I do not like open houses. I can list a home on Monday morning, have it in MLS and all ads placed when i get back from the listing appointment and be getting calls to see it right away. Many new listings sell in days

Aug 02, 2017 05:27 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I'll list when I can get the appointment and showings can begin immediately.

Aug 02, 2017 05:26 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I generally make my listing live in MLS on a Wednesday or Thursday with an open house on Sunday. Let the showings begin the minute it is on the market!

Aug 02, 2017 05:15 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

In my MLS (thank God) we are not allowed to 'hold off' on listings. You put it in - showings start. We report anyone that does otherwise.

I think that mid-week is better in my circumstance. It seems on the weekends your Circlepix, etc never shows up on time. It's asleep on the weekends when you need the virtual tour. I don't do that anymore. 

Aug 02, 2017 05:05 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I always had a habit of trying for Thursdasy to give time for agents to set up showings. The moment it is listed showings are open.

Aug 02, 2017 04:50 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

My assignment is to sell the home so when it's listed it becomes active to all interested parties.

Aug 02, 2017 08:15 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

    Not sure what you mean by "hold off showings".  Once it is in the MLS, and on the Internet, it needs to be showable.

    I like to have a "Grand Opening" open house the weekend that it comes on the market.  But if a real estate agent wants to show before that, they are more than welcome.

Aug 02, 2017 08:00 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I agree with Nina Hollander and Debe Maxwell, CRS .  When we had a listing signed, we notified agents who were looking for the type of space we had for their clients.  Sometimes if a listing was signed that morning, we had lined showings that afternoon.  We knew the owners wanted the space/building leased or sold ASAP.  I am citing our style in commercial real estate.  I would do the same in residential given the home was show ready. A

Aug 02, 2017 07:33 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I try to list Wednesday or Thursday but do not hold off on showings for an OH (if done) unless the seller requests it - it's happened only once. But it's not uncommon to see this here - "no showings until open house"

Aug 02, 2017 07:30 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I never played those games.  List it, post it, show it asap.  

Aug 02, 2017 07:26 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Since I don't do OH's I post as soon as the paper work is in and I can get it in the system

I have sold many, many houses within 24 hours by NOT waiting!

Aug 02, 2017 07:11 AM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

I allow showings immediately! Open houses aren't very successful in my area so I try to avoid them.

Aug 02, 2017 06:47 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

This is a conversation/discussion with each seller.  It is not uncommon in our area that the showings will begin on either a broker caravan date(where the public can always attend) or an open house event.   Often, there are offer guidelines in place(presentation dates, review of seller disclosures/reports prior to submitting an offer).   

I suggest building interest that will best benefit my sellers which regardless of strategy chosen remains most important.  As you will likely find with the answers - this can vary depending on location and the views of the agent.     

Aug 02, 2017 06:34 AM
Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Center Moriches, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

Several of our agents use this method and all have reported that they get great results with it.  They also find being at the house while it is being shown  a very positive experience and they alwyas have the homeowners leave the house in perfect showing condition before they leave the house. 

Aug 02, 2017 05:45 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

In my market, I take all the showings I can, unless it's a very special property.

Aug 02, 2017 05:24 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

List as soon as possible and do real video for the "showing" right off the bat, round the clock on the schedule of the buyers who are supper busy and don't waste time waiting for an open house.

Aug 02, 2017 05:18 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

if it's a home and area that are in demand, no showings until the open house....we sell many at the open house event....

Aug 02, 2017 05:07 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I prefer doing what the clients wants done.

Aug 02, 2017 04:59 AM
Jay McHugh
SendOutCards-Appreciation Marketing Expert - Acton, MA
YOUR SendOutCard Mentor

Timing is key Dan. Create a buzz prior to first showings. Have 10k views on your website for that listing. Hold your integrity HIGH and create fair opportunity for all agents and buyers. Success will come with multiple offers.

Aug 02, 2017 04:39 AM
Cheryl Dukes . . . . . Intown Atlanta
Solid Source Realty, Inc. - Atlanta, GA

Showings must be allowed, or it cannot be listed in the multiple listing system.

Aug 31, 2017 05:41 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

We see most listings hit late Thursday or Friday morning, and showing all weekend.

Aug 05, 2017 07:01 AM
Melissa Jackson REALTOR
Trinity Premier Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

I like to have professional photos and the listing in MLS by middle of the day on Thursday. Ready for showings.  If I'm holding an open house I will do this on the weekend following the Thursday. Wouldn't hold off showings. My job is to sell the property.

Aug 03, 2017 08:12 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Great question. I list in the middle of the week( if it is my choice) and hold showings till first open house, after that the property is usually on a supra key. 

Aug 02, 2017 07:29 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I like to start showings right away.

Aug 02, 2017 05:58 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I like listing it on a Thursday with a open house on a Saturday in my opinion.


Aug 02, 2017 04:51 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I prefer to get  contract signed period

Aug 02, 2017 03:54 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Showings any time.

Aug 02, 2017 03:40 PM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

We are completely transparent with our listings and showings from other agents are allowed the moment after the property is listed regardless of open house dates.

Aug 02, 2017 12:19 PM
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

I want people in as soon as my sellers can accommodate. I do not want to waste my or their time. The market will sort itself out in the long run, and I also would hate to have a dud of an open house.

Aug 02, 2017 12:16 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

It depends Dan on when the sellers are ready and the property is show ready. Most homes sell quickly here so any day that ends in Y is a good day to list.

Aug 02, 2017 11:50 AM
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

I like to expose it mid-week and maybe start showings on a Friday.

Aug 02, 2017 09:58 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Since I don't hold open houses, showings happen as soon as a home is listed.  That can be any day of the week.  But my preferred day to hit the market with a listing is Thursday.

Aug 02, 2017 09:47 AM
Dave Halpern
Dave Halpern Real Estate Agent, Inc., Louisville, KY (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

List on Wed or Thu, open house on Sunday. Allow showings immediately. Choose the best offer Sunday night.

Aug 02, 2017 07:55 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

It depends on the Price Point

Aug 02, 2017 05:29 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

The published plan is for the 'grand opening' event.

However, ONLY if the buyer has proven themselves knowledgeable and motivated are 'first look' apportunities allowed. Actually, this is the purpose of the delayed grand opening. 

Aug 02, 2017 05:27 AM