Broker Bryant’s thoughts on open houses.

Florida Real Estate Broker 407-873-2747I hate open houses! There I said it. It’s out in the open and I’m not taking it back. I don’t do them and I’m not starting. My Sellers know this. I tell them this at time of listing. “I will sell your house but I will not do an open house, ever.”

Once, I had two of my Sellers call me wanting to do open houses. So being the good little Broker that I am, I said “no”. Now don’t get me wrong, I like pleasing my Sellers and I like being agreeable when they ask me to do things. But I’m not doing it! I’m going fishing. It was Saturday and the fish were biting. So what do you do?

Being as how both of these Sellers were long time customers, we compromised. They had their own open houses. Yup, you heard me right. They had their own open houses. One had a yard sale and the other was home all weekend and wanted to do it. So, I stopped by and dropped off Open House signs, buyer sign in sheets and wished them good luck. I told them if they should happen to find a Buyer for their house, who is not working with another Realtor, I would give them a discount on the commission. They were thrilled! They could use the money and thought this was an excellent idea. They were really starting to get excited about it!!! I promised to be available by cell phone if they needed me and arranged for my Mortgage Broker to be available for pre-qualifications if necessary.

I wanted then to be successful. I wanted to give them a commission discount. I also wanted them to never ask me again to do an open house!!

They didn’t sell their houses. They said something about just going fishing with me next time!!

Maybe this is something I will offer all of my sellers. After all, we are a team and who knows the house better than the Seller.  I like it. I like it a lot. They can work. I can fish. And maybe we will both get paid.

So next time a Seller ask for an open house, just tell them…….. “I hate open houses and I’m sticking to it!

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