Most of the time opens are hosted by others in the same office, simply because the listing agent asks "does anyone want to hold my house open this sunday" and someone in the office volunteers.
But you can absolutely call around to current listings and ask the agent if you can hold it open. Often times if a home is vacant, you can hold it open many times in a week and the agent will be fine with it.
You don't even need to stick to the usual times. If it's vacant, you could hold an open house on friday afternoon to catch the people coming home from work...
This gets into the personal aspect of the business; that Listing Agent has got to like and trust you. To the prospects, your words and actions will reflect on them and their Listing.
My suggestion would be to attend the MLS meetings and lunches, get to know the other Realtors.
This is a lot more than a BUSINESS.
If a new listing is mentioned at the "Team Meeting", advertised on their intranet, and no one takes it; then i applaud the agent (from different agency) who proactively searches MLS for Open House opportunities.
After all, is that the type of agent you want as a buyer's agent anyway?
If your own agents dont take advantage of the opportunity, at least someone is. And even if its not that house that will sell, maybe this opposing agent will show a similar home in the area from your agency.
Your agency or not~ you are a local real estate agent who can provide the visitors with a valuable information about the house and area.
Some agents have too many listing or just don't bother to hold open houses.
I've done it for REO agents and trust sales.
( tip: some agent don't bother to market your open house, but you have all those social networks and even trulia to promote your OH+ signs and fliers:)
Yes, this is done. I have had other agents hold my open houses and I have called other agents to hold their open houses. I usually find other Agents love when I offer to hold open properties during the week not just weekends.
Have a great day!
Real Estate Broker/ RealtorÂ®
McAllister Homes Real Estate
Residential Sales & Property Management
Kenneth B Dorfman Real Estate
Lic # 675912
I have many colleagues from other agencies who are friends, but I would not have them sit one of my listings. As an open house host, you are representing the property and the agency represented on the sign out front.
You are also there to try to build an agency relationship with those who visit the open house. My broker would be very unhappy to learn that was being handled by the competition.