What started out as an open house, turned into something else.

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Hamm Homes

 

What started out as an open house, turned into something else.

 

Yesterday, Saturday, was supposed to be an open house at a builders spec. home.  It turned into an interesting day. We arrived at the builder models to get the key for the home 3 blocks away.  Sharon, the sales rep. said that our client that we talked to on Friday was up looking over the lot they are thinking of buying.  We just missed them by 5 minutes, but they called Belinda and said that they just left the builder and were at the lot talking it over with his wife.  They were surprised when we met them within 3 minutes and walk the lot with them.  They were concerned about the views, but this is a huge lot and they would have great views.  They wanted a little better deal, so Belinda went back to the sales office and got them $8200 in closing cost, plus money off the lot premium.

 

Well this cut into our open house, but we got a sale.  We proceeded to go to another one of our listings and discuss with the seller the game plan when he moves out of state at the end of the month.  He is selling most of his furniture this Friday and Saturday at a garage sale.  I remember reading a blog here in AR not too long ago about doing an open house during a garage sale, so I offered our services for doing it both days while he had his garage sale.  The more people the better.

 

Then we went back to the builder again, and someone pulled up and asked if we were realtors and if we could help them.  We are going to show them homes this week. They are from out of state and renting in an area, where Belinda knows the complex and they can get out of their lease early if they are buying a home. 

 

What a day, and I wanted to stay home and watch College Football.  Thanks Belinda for pushing me to  get out and do an open house. And just think – we never put one sign out.

 

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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes
Metro Brokers Marina Square
Denver, Colorado
HammHomes@ymail.com
303-358-1147

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Nan Jester
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I read the garage sale post, too. Great day for and used a wonderful idea, too
September 09, 2012 11:23 AM
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Funny how things work out for the best when you add a little action to the mix. Often half the battle is just getting out there and to start doing.
September 09, 2012 12:55 PM
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Who needs football when you are scoring touchdowns all over the place?! What a great day! Love when opportunity and preparation come together.

September 09, 2012 02:06 PM
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Will, What a gangbuster of a day. You can always do open house next weekend. Congrats on much success.

September 09, 2012 02:28 PM
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Will, what a blockbuster day! It is days like this that reinforce the fact that there is business to be had if we are out there.

Sharon

September 09, 2012 03:15 PM
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Yes, what a day it was.

September 09, 2012 03:19 PM
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Will, I'm pretty sure someone pulling over and asking if you are Realtors and can help them trumps college football.

September 09, 2012 03:48 PM
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Have an outstanding week as we face the challenges of a rapidly changing real estate market.

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I would say that is more than a successful day!  I wish many more of the same.

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It's definately a good idea to get out and about... You just never know when you will run into a potential buyer or seller.

September 09, 2012 06:37 PM
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What a productive weekend you had, Will. Good for you! Best of luck upcoming week to you as well.

September 09, 2012 06:59 PM
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 ……. This post is great motivation for getting out there and being available for opportunities  …..

 

 

 

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I worked an open house today and was afraid football would keep buyers away. I had about 15 couples, several anxious to buy and unrepresented. I may have even sold the listing so it was a very good open house as well.

September 09, 2012 07:39 PM
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Congrats on the new business.  Love Belinda wheeling and dealing with the builder.

September 09, 2012 08:04 PM
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Love the garage sale approach to an open house.  I'll try that one.  Congrats on a day well done!

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Sounds like you were in the right place at the right time. Getting out there is definitely the key! Making yourself available when the buyers are always pays in the end!
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Will - Can you imagine what your day would have been like if you'd managed to put out signs?

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Looks like your 'something else' turned into more business! Congrats to you and Belinda for being at the right place(s), right time(s)!

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What a productive day!  In real estate, sometimes you just have to be out there with the people and it is amazing what sort of business you can stir up!

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Will, sounds like a wild one but a good one. I should have been out working instead of watching my Huskies  get killed by LSU. Have a great week. 

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