First a Dead Zone, Then a Crowd

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Real Estate Broker with Charlemagne International Properties BRE# 01147470

The first hour of my open house was eerily quiet.  A few cars slowed to a crawl as they passed the open house sign, then moved on.  A neighbor or two biked past, but continued onward with their Sunday afternoon ride.

I walked out and checked to make sure the open house sign was upright.  Yes, standing tall, but no takers on the invitation.  I made some calls, returned a few and even worked on a file.  I jotted down my business priorities for the upcoming week.  I was about to call it a day and close up early, when in walked my first prospective buyer of the afternoon.  A neighbor out for a walk, and thinking of downsizing.  She took my information and said she would discuss my listing with her husband.  Suddenly, I'm feeling happy.

Visitors number two is a handsome young couple from Manhattan Beach sent to my listing by a fellow agent.  Thanks Janet.

And then the floodgates opened and four groups walked in.  Suddenly I had a house full of shoppers.  Neighbors wondering what their house is worth, and a young family in search of a larger home for their growing brood.  Two sets of grandparents wanting to move closer to their grands. They kept coming. People with questions about the market.  People of all ages.

Potential sellers and prospective buyers with housing wants and needs. These are the mover and shakers in the real estate world.  An open house is an excellent place to meet and mingle.  It's a silent compliment when a person who was a complete stranger minutes ago, slips your business card in their wallet or purse.

As I was leaving a dragonfly flew in the open door, fluttered around the living room, then back out into the sunshine.  It was a lovely ending to a enjoyable afternoon in real estate.

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Alexsandra Stewart
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Sounds like a very successful open.  A combination of getting a few tasks done during the slow time, and then some people to interact with, plus a dragonfly to complete the afternoon!

October 14, 2008 01:27 AM
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Patricia - An optimistic outlook is essential when preparing for an open house, otherwise, why bother?  Consumers are there to gather information, not meet a grumpy agent!

October 14, 2008 09:16 AM
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Susan - I only follow up with the top tier (those interested in my listing and those who expressed an interest in working with me by filling out my simple buyer's questionnaire), the rest leave with information on my listing, the neighborhood and me (if they want it).

October 14, 2008 09:24 AM
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Alexsandra - It was both productive and enjoyable--not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

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Open houses are much more productive than "FLOOR DUTY!"  I just don't know why more agents who don't have any business aren't doing them?

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