Russell Benson, Realtor
Prudential Alliance Realty
I have got some invaluable feedback from my fellow realtors over the years!
Starting from property appearance to property security, to pricing, to marketing listings.
Not to tap into other realtors' expertise would amount to underservicing our clients.
Having other realtors marketing my listings has been great also.
Our real estate board also markets our listings, by the way, if they are "appealing", even making virtual tours for the properties, if there is none on them.
Rejecting home staging as the way to prepare the property for sale is the worst mistake a realtor can make in today's market, where there are still a lot of properties to compete with.
I would listen to the decorative suggestions the open house attending realtors make.
When you sell your car - wouldn't you wash and vacuum it first? Wouldn't you want to get most for your home? Little things like having your window shine and pulling curtain's back, as well as removing some furniture to make the place look more spacious - is not difficult.
I often do this for my clients myself (if they are out of state/country, or it is an estate sale), or my client and I do it together. After the transformation is complete, some sellers don't want to leave - they love and appreciate the new look, and so do the buyers (by paying more for the house).
Buyers got to fall in love with the house they are buying and yes, we should care about that as we need those buyers - to buy the house, after all.
Re. only one brokerage attending - ask your realtor to do another open house with other brokerages attending, but also revisit the overall marketing plan - include blogging, social networking, see how many other real estate sites your property is advertised on. Make sure there is the max of pictures posted in the MLS and other websites (professional grade and lighting)/virtual tour/community tour.
Give yourself a credit for working to prepare the house for sale - you will make more money due to that!
Irina Karan, CDPE - Florida
Beachfront Realty, Inc.
I know how frustrating this must be for you.
I sold my own home a number of years ago, and doing so gave me a different perspective on the process.
Once an agent becomes a seller, you know what it's like for your clients!
OK, so I have a question for you......put aside what the agents said for the moment......has anyone shown the home as yet? If so, what did they say?
The most important feedback is that from a buyer.
If you don't get any showings, and there is activity on similarly priced homes in the area, then you really do need to take another look at your price.
Price trumps everything...............decor.......colors......updates...........there is nothing like a good price reduction to overcome any buyer objections.
Selling in this market isn't for the weak of heart..........you're fortunate if you have the option of remaining where you are!
Prudential NJ Properties
To be honest with you 95% of all realtors show up at a brokers open for the free food and giveaways. I have never heard of a realtor selling the home from doing a brokers open. I believe honesty is the best policy and doing a brokers open has great expectations of getting the home visited by several different agents. But I personally call it
Bset of luck to you.
Kawain Payne, Realtor
I could understand this as a strategy... back in the 1980's before everybody had the INTERNET and back in the day when Realtors had to wait two weeks for the new "book" of listings to be delivered to the brokerage firm in order to comb through their clients zip code and see the "new" listings that were available over the last two weeks!
In my opinion, brokers opens and open houses are things old timer brokers suggest because it worked so well back in the day, and because that's what "they always did" they keep repeating it to new real estate pros and doing the same thing over and over again when it is proven to be outdated.
You would do soooo much better to set your home up on some kind of virtual tour where anybody in the world can see it without having to drive by the house and even take a look on the inside. Who the hell drives to a house to look at the inside anymore, unless they are really interested? With the price of gas these days? Are you serious?
I have real estate professionals ask me all of the time, "Have you seen the inside of the home?" Well, hell no I haven't... except the pictures you have posted on the internet! Why do I need to drive all the way over to a house just to see it? This is 2012... not 1912.
I'm not trying to be rude or anything, but open houses and broker's opens are a joke. A free lunch is fine and dandy, but if I were a hard working real estate professional, I would be investing that time into making my web presense known online.... that's where the money is!
It's not the gospel truth, just my opinion!
You have answers from just about from all four corners of our nation: Most Realtors that show up for a Brokers open are ther for the food and cash drawing, there are a few that actually want to preview the home for a client, that is the only reason I ever go but a Realtor can also set up his or her own preview. Now speaking on your decor, do not let that bother you because when you sell your home it is going with you, Like i tell all my clients, you can paint, most buyer want to paint anyway just to make it theirs, even a NEW HOME,
Talk with your Realtor and if you are not satisfied ask her or him maybe to chage a few things and if they won't ask why, it is our job to sell your home in a timely fashion, keep you happy with the whole ordeal,
I meant no offense to my realtor or your office in asking questions about one of the most important decisions in my life, anymore than I would be offended if one of my students sought outside help on a class assignment.
Thank you for your interest.
Well normally agents from brokerages all over will attend a brokers open..so that's strange. I would advise you not to take any comments personally. We all have our own style and Im sure your decorating is lovely. The problem is that buyers always want to see "themselves" in the home. and that is hard to do when it looks so much like "Us".