Every REALTOR’s open house is a little bit of drama. We have the sellers clean up the homes, we put out signs, we put out balloons or flags, we put out info and a sign-in sheet, and then we wait.
That’s when the games begin.
Usually the neighbors are the first to show up. “We live down the block and just want to look”. “How much are they getting for this? Are they crazy?” “I love what they did with the kitchen but I still wouldn’t pay this much.” They’re always fun.
Then the “others” come in. Most are very pleasant. They ask questions. They want to know how long it’s been on the market, does it have central air, what are the taxes, what’s the parking situation.
Some people come in, look around and make no eye contact at all. They have that aura of “Don’t look at me, don’t talk to me, I’m not really here.”
But honestly, all I want them to do is sign in so I can let my seller know that people came in to look. I don’t want to marry them. I try to let them know that if they have questions they should ask, otherwise go look around and enjoy.
Yes, some homes actually sell because of the open house. I was just getting ready to lock up one house when someone walked in. They were driving by, saw the sign, found a parking spot and came in. They bought it a week later. Score!!
Anyway – if you decide to spend time walking around and visiting open houses, don’t be afraid of the REALTOR. We’re here to help, answer questions and try to get our seller’s home sold.
Don’t hesitate to come on in. We like the company.