When I started selling real estate I did a lot of open houses for new construction homes. I hated them. Every week I would stop by the grocery store and pick up cookies and candy. I would stop by the office and print out fliers, brochures, sign in sheets, etc.
Then it was time to bring on the tire kickers and the neighbors!
Every week is was the same. I would get 2-5 couples come in, they would all be hesitant to sign in, and most of them wanted nothing to do with me. Most (if not all of them) don't have any loyalty to a Realtor. I'm not going to spend my time trying to chase them down.
* If you are a Realtor reading this and you are great at open houses... cool. I'm not one of you. I hate them. Now on to my list.
17. Eat brocolli.
16. Go to the dentist.
15. Discuss politics.
14. Eat braunschweiger.
13. Shovel snow.
12. Pick up poo in our backyard. (We have two dogs)
10. Attend any musical.
9. Wear a tie.
8. Grow a giant moustache.
7. Wax my back.
6. Watch a movie with Nicholas Cage in it.
5. Run a marathon.
4. Paint my living room.
3. Pay $3.50 a gallon for gas.
2. Watch paint dry.
1. Punch myself in the face.
Okay. I had to really think there to get 17 things. Not quite sure why I picked 17. Anyway... the bottom line is this. I hate open houses. I haven't done them in over two years. If one of my sellers really want one, that's fine. I'll have one of the agents in my office sit in there for me. So... those are my thoughts about open houses. :)