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How do storms like the one that Boston is currently seeing impact open houses?

Asked by Trulia Boston, Boston, MA Tue Jan 22, 2013

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Heath Coker’s answer
It depends on what football game is on.
It also depends on the condition, price point, and price of the home compared to similar homes.
If it is new to the market, in an desired area, priced well and in good condition, real buyers will try and get there.


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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 23, 2013
Provided there is not substantial precipitation, we haven't seen open houses affected. However, if a true blizzard comes our way, particularly in the middle of an open house time, it will certainly be affected. In downtown Boston, attendees tend to be walking, using public transit, or parking nearby so there isn't often a long commute that could be messy. During wet weather, we ask people to remove their shoes to prevent damaging or dirtying the floors.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 23, 2013
I would not consider the snow we had when you posted this question to be the type of storm that would hinder most of us from this area. That being said, if it were to hit right during an open house, it could certainly affect the number of attendees. That being said, as Kathy mentioned, a truly motivated buyer will make an appointment to see the house if they are unable to get to the open house.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 23, 2013
The storm was nothing compare to what we "Bostonians" have seen and experienced. The agent who is having the open house usually prepares and looks at how strong the storm is or the actual seller might cancel it as well.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 23, 2013
I do believe it has an impact in the suburbs. Buyers are involved clearing their own driveways and if a storm is bad enough, some may not venture out, think it has been cancelled, or just don't want to chance going out only to find an unplowed driveway or uncleared walk. Truly motivated buyers will find a way to come or, as usual, schedule a showing. That said, I would never cancel an open house if humanly possible. Bundle up!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 23, 2013
This is Boston a small dusting - like the mail - nothing stops the agents or buyers.

A noreaster is different, depends if it will be over by noon for the open house.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 22, 2013
It's up to the seller to cancel the open houses but generally unless it's the Blizzard of '78 revisted, we press on and conduct the open houses. Good to have a few mats or towels by the front door to get the snow off of the shoes.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 22, 2013
Yesterday'' storm was very mild, so it would not have had any effects on OHs. Today the weather was fine in Boston.
I personally think that storms do not have much effect on OHs in the city, as people can move easily via public transportation. I am sure that it is a lot harder in areas where buyers have to drive.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 22, 2013
As agents, we should be wary of conducting open houses in treacherous weather. The storm we had today, was not bad in the least and I do not believe it would have caused cancellations. A good thing about open houses in less than favorable weather or timeframes (cold, rain, big sporting events) is that only the most serious of buyers may venture out!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 22, 2013
You call last night's snowfall a storm??
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