My listing had an open house that I didn’t attend

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

I love listing homes and I do a lot of open houses, but I can't do all of them on all my listings as I just wouldn't have time to get them all in even if I did them every weekend, there still wouldn't be enough time in the month to get them all done.

Lucky for me I have great sellers that realize that even if I held the house open every weekend, that probably isn't what is going to sell the house, but it sure can't hurt. Usually an open house is a way to find buyers for a certain neighborhood but really the house you are holding open is only sold at an open house 1 out of about 50 times. For me it is a little higher, but you get my drift.

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Well, I have a vacant home for sale in a pretty good neighborhood, but it wasn't on my list of homes that I was going to be holding open this last weekend. Then I got a call from an agent who was new to the business. She just got her license last month and worked for a small company that didn't have any listings that the agents wanted held open.

She also knew that this home was vacant and used to be a rental because she lived next door. She had never met the owner, but she loved the neighborhood and knew she could sell it because of her passion for the neighborhood. She wanted to know if she could hold it open even though she worked for a different company.

Now, I know a lot of agents would have had a "BIG NO" waiting for her, but not me. I don't care who sells the house, it is all about the seller and if she wanted to hold the house open or just bring a buyer in that she knew, I saw no difference between the two. It was helping me, by giving exposure on the house, it was helping my seller by hopefully finding a buyer a little quicker and hopefully this new agent found some great buyers at her open house.

What would you have done? Would you have let this new agent that was eager to work hold your house open?

Todd Clark - broker
Kastings & Associates
Phone: (503)524-9494
Fax: (503)622-8739

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Todd Clark (broker w/ Ken's Home Team)
Keller Williams Realty
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Cathy Arzola
Arzola's Asset Management

I agree totally that the seller is wanting to sell a home and that is what he has hired you to do and if a new agent needs and has the motivation to sell a propety that is a benefit to the seller, you as the agent, and the new agent.  I have done the same thing due to the many times that my husband has been transferred.  It has helped me out in many hard times.  As agents we are contracted to do a job and when the job is complete and satisfactory then we have a satisfied customer who may send us future business.  Referrals will keep you alive in this business.



February 04, 2009 08:54 AM
Julianna Hind
REALTOR, 206-679-4768, Tacoma Federal Way, Auburn, Kent, WA
eXp Realty

Bottom line -- it is all about doing the best job for our clients, you served your clients well by allowing another corporate agent to run an Open House... it's a no brainer... AND what comes around goes around --- its TRUE!

February 05, 2009 05:34 PM
Todd Clark
Broker - Beaverton, Oregon Real Estate Expert - (503) 524-9494
Keller Williams Realty

Richard - That is what I thought, but seeing some of the comments here, I was going to write another complete post, but decided not to.

Fran or Rowena - She has done a few open houses, it was just her company didn't have any available and she really loves the neighborhood and who better to advertise a neighborhood than someone who lives there.

Ryan - I personally don't see a different between a new agent in our office or from another office. The seller had no problem with it, he thought it was great to have a neighbor want to attract people. I see the legal problems happening if working for us or working for another company.

Robert - I look at it as more exposure! The more people looking it at the better, my buyers or not, the buyers that see it may just buy that property, I've had it happen before.

Jason - I love new agents and we were all new agents at one time. I'm guessing some feel that maybe they should have never been given their first listing because they may have made a mistake.

February 07, 2009 11:30 AM
Doug Aaserude
Inactive until May. 2009

I wonder if there is a liability issur on letting someone from a different brokerage company holding an open house. What if something horrible happens, like the house burned down. It happened in Oregon last year when an agent left candles unattended in a wine cellar during an open house.

February 11, 2009 02:41 AM
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Pam Lorange

This is so interesting to me because i just got a similar request but it was from an experienced agent in another office that happened to live in the neighborhood of our vacant listing. After much deliberating I decided to let her do it.  I think in interesting times we need to find interesting ways of doing business that may be "out of the box".  I asked her what she would say to a potential buyer when they asked why she was holding open a house she didn't have listed and her response was "we are in interesting times right now and we are all trying to help each other out". Any kind of action involves some amount of risk - I think each situation needs to be dealt with individually but we need to be careful to not "risk manage" ourselves into inaaction.

February 13, 2009 03:46 PM

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