Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Buyers aren’t the only ones who go to open houses

If you’re planning to sell your home, your real estate agent may advise you to schedule an open house to help sell it. He’ll help you get the home ready to show, talk to you about minimizing the personal effects in the house, and in case you didn’t already know this, he’ll tell you not to be home during the open house.

For many sellers, it’s odd to think about dozens of strangers walking around their home. But potential home buyers aren’t the only people who will show up at your open house.


Your neighbors will drop by to see inside the home, either because they’re curious or nosy. One is good; the others, not so much. The good neighbors are usually good to have around because they can tell potential buyers more about the neighborhood, schools, etc.

Other sellers

Yes, other sellers do (and should) frequent open houses to see how their home stacks up against the competition.

DIY home decorators

Especially in upper-end homes, people will stop by an open house to look for inspiration for their home’s décor.


It’s rare, but it happens occasionally. Better safe than sorry. Lock up the jewelry.

Serial open house attendees

There are some people who simply can’t resist an open house.

Other real estate agents

Whether they were the agent who lost the listing or one who is viewing the home as a potential for some clients, real estate agents will attend open houses that are not their own.

An open house can potentially help you sell your home quickly. Make sure that you’re in communication with your REALTOR® if you have any questions about the process.

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