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Even within Ocean County, it will vary by location. There ae specific complexes or developments that have better turnouts on Sat vs. Sun. Overall, if I had to pick one, I would probably say that county wide, Sunday produces more OH visitors.
Over the years, I have held OH's that have yielded no visitors, and I have been overwhelmed with more than 30 visitors. Many visitors are not serious buyers, but some are.
If your community allows directionals, make extensive use of those. Place the directional signs just prior to the OH, and remove them promptly after. Do check with your municipality for rules governing sign placement. In some towns, none are permitted. Other towns require signs be placed only on private property and with the permission of that property owner. Other towns allow signs on street corners, sidewalks, and street medians, but have time limits. Observe the rules, as the fines can be hefty, and your signs may also disappear.
Post your open house on many websites to increase your turnout. The only time we use classified ads in the newspaper is for open houses. Even with this, few of the visitors indicate the paper as their source. We still include that in the promotion of the open house.
If you can, do both Sat and Sunday.
I have found that the success of an open house regardless of the day or time you hold it, is in how well you advertise in advance. 1. Door knock to the neighbors around your open house. 2. Do a post card mailing advertising your listing and the date and time of the open house. 3. Use the on line services that promote your open house ( such as Trulia, your MLS, etc.) You can be successful if you WORK IT, not just sit it.
4. Our office does a biweekly tour of homes where all agents can list their home to hold open, and do a group advertisment in the local paper, and on line. 5. We also send email flyers to everyone in our data base.
Open houses do work.. at generating leads, increased property exposure, exposure of your professionalism and willingness to go the extra mile for your clients, etc. You just have to think outside of the box and work it.
Feel free to contact me via email at : firstname.lastname@example.org for more ideas.
Have an awesome open house and many successes in todays changing market!
All of the agents have given great advice and I agree on Sunday as well. I would like to offer some safety tips to you as holding an open house comes with some risk. Ocean County is a relatively safe area, but we have our share of crime. When you hold an open house, you have no idea of who (and somtimes why) someone is entering your home.
Please do not have your children present for a variety of reasons.
Please have an adult present with you.
Require that all visitors register. They may give fake names, but should something happen, the visitor before or after may be able to help identify a car, a person, etc.
When you show the home, DO NOT enter the rooms ahead of the visitor. Direct them to the room while you remain between them and the exit. For example, "the first room on the right is the master bedroom".
NEVER enter the basement ahead of the visitor. If you do enter the basement, keep yourself positioned so that you can easily exit.
Always ask a neighbor to keep an eye on you during the open house. Tell them when you have concluded the open house, so that if thsy see someone hanging around, they will investigate.
Remove all your valuables and prescription drugs to a safe place. Don't assume you can watch everyone. It takes a second for someone to go through a drawer or a medicine cabinet.
DO NOT allow someone to enter even 10 minutes after the open house is concluded. You may feel that you are being rude, or passing up a potential buyer, but for your safety--think again. If the visitor is a serious buyer, they will make an appointment and come back.
When the open house is finished, make sure you check that all doors and windows are locked.
I'm sure there are others that will offer valuable tips as well. Good Luck.
Best of luck to you,
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Generally I find that most visitors are drawn by signs or by internet ads - and the fact is buyers are generally not thinking about or looking for Open Houses on Saturday, while they are on Sunday. I think the awareness factor is just too low on Saturday to make them generally time effective.
If you have one day to choose, go with Sunday without question.
Good luck to you!
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Good Luck !
I realize that may not be the answer you wanted, but it is the truth as I see it...
Lots of colorful eye catching flags, ballons and directional signs are a must too!
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