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Stephanie Ca…, Real Estate Pro in 33065

Is it a good idea for owner/resident to be at their open house? Also, where is a good place to advertise? And should you try to advertise to the

Asked by Stephanie Canal, 33065 Fri Sep 20, 2013

public, even if the property is in a gated community?

My open house is tomorrow 9/21 from 3-5 at "Cityside condominiums".

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No it's a poor idea to be there. Buyers want to look and discuss things and having an owner lurking around makes buyers uneasy. If the owner is the type that tries to "SELL" the property to buyers by telling them all the wonders of the house, that really creeps out a buyer and turns most off and they leave sooner than they would if left alone.

Open houses are more for the agent finding new buyers than actually selling the house itself.
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I do a lot of open houses and i agree. Open house are a great way to showcase a home to a Buyer. A casual looker can become a Buyer if the open house is presented properly, and the Buiyer is drawn into a conversation on the benefits of a community he may not have put on his short list. A seller could jeopardize the conversation by providing personal information that would not have anything to do with sale of the home.
Flag Sun Apr 13, 2014
No, you should never be at your open house, your listing agent should be there. yes if you don't advertise an open house then you could be wasting your time. Most associations have rules for open houses. Generally the listing agent gets it approved and then puts a flyer at the guard house with directions and address If its a call box then you'll need to answer on your cell and buzz the people in for your agent or have him/her answer your home phone when the guard calls.
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If the gates are closed, how will citizens be able to attend the Open House?
What if the promotion was successful and you had 20 marvelous attendees. Where would they park?
If the open house is tomorrow...there is very, very little you can do now. Make sure all the residents are notified and you've placed announcements in all of the public spaces, elevators, lobbies, bulletin boards, laundry rooms, recreation building, and fitness center. Be aware, all of these folks have a place to live. Be clear regarding the strategy in play to make this beneficial to selling your property.
Of course, there is a solution to each of these issues. Chat with your agent to make sure provisions are made before the next open house that can and should be broadcast beyond the gates.
The only trace of you that should be present during an open house is the portrait hanging in the hallway to the library. Take care that a good back story to that portrait is avialable otherwise take it down also.
How to advertise?
Depends of if you want to be on the entertainment circuit or want qualified buyers to attend.
If the latter is the goal, let your agent broadcast through the professional network that represents 99% of qualified buyers. Make the 'invite' the vessel for anticipation.
Best of success to you.
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