Sunday morning is a safe time to walk around this neighborhood crowd.
a lot of lookers, One couple shows some promise, I had a good time.
Then I ran over to Gilbert ,1.25 Horse property from 2:30 to about Dark 6pm.
Everyone loves Horse property.
A lot of neighbors, and regulars. Friends of Neighbors.
It is my opinion that the event was successful from planning on September 23rd to today . NY to Hawaii
27 States. 300 plus Open houses.
Realtors are last minute people. Thursday, Friday , and Saturday it appears we picked up at least 30%
Next time we need that rush two weeks earlier.
I believe the most positive thing to come out of today is that, Realtors in 27 different states can work together.
So take down all the open houses, leave the front ( Realtor) page up, and reset the countdown clock for the next big event.
"Spring forward into your new house"
I was SOOO excited to see Best Answer but I did think it was strange. I'll take it for all the hard work on the website and press release. Now I think Patrick will have to award Best Answer to Heather on Hey How About A Realtor National Open House thread. Unless Jeffrey wants create a profile so he can be awarded?
Now, how are we going to get Patrick his award? If there is anyone who hasn't given Patrick a thumbs up on his question, please do. He currently has 7. He needs 16 to be considered the Best Question.
I think overall, the event was a huge success. I wish you tons of luck in the spring - I won't be there but I will be here. Of course I'll be more than happy to be interviewed by John Stossel as I know Patrick will decline that interview. National press coverage next spring. Mansur's press release made it on Google.
OK...so about my OHouse.... I couldn't answer first....I might get whipped for trying to build my ratings. LOL
I was busy busy, and amazed. I had 7 sets of visitors; 5 serious buyers who expressed interest in the house I was representing. Several have properties they must sell in order to buy. I had one visitor stop who is planning to list her property next January and was purely scouting for aggressive listing agents and wanting to meet them in person. An agent came to show the property with her clients, and that was her 2nd visit. I never want to count my chickens before they hatch, so we will have to see what happens next. Each of my visitors spent a lot of time at the property, inquiring about that property. I was challenged to keep up and the time flew by in a flash. I had to stay at the OH for nearly an hour after scheduled closing.
My OH property shows beautifully, is priced right, and was heavily promoted.
The other has no showings, but that's a short sale town home, which is in the category of difficult to sell property.
So, my result is as predicted.
Personally, I don't think I really anticipated National Open House Day to be able to draw a huge amount of buyers the first time around because although it has quite a few endorsements due to the hard work of quite a few of the Trulians on this board, this is still the first ever event.
The main reason why we started this event is to bring positive synergy into the slower Real Estate market, to have a new way to promote our seller's properties, and to unite Realtors from across the nation to spread the message that there are bright spots in the real estate landscape. I think we accomplished all that!
My anticipation is that it will be much easier to get this event going next year -
- The Realtors that sign up this year will be familiar with the even next year
- We have a few medium, forums, and press contacts to publicize the event
- We have developed quite a few tools which can be modified and use again next year
- We know what works and what does not, it will be much better next year.
- Trulia will be much more supportive sine they saw what we were really able to do with just a few volunteers. I am sureTrulia probably also noticed that some press coverages and brokerages supports which there would have been none if the few Trulias have not started this effort. So, I anticipate we will have a bigger presence on Trulia next year.
Thanks to Patrick, Deborah, Heather, Ruth and Paul for getting get this started - there were so many fence sitters waiting to see what will happen (or NOT), and I am so glad we all hang in there through thick and thin and make this happen.
Thanks to others, such as Ute and Mansur who stepped up, although later in the game, but they went over and beyond to promote the event and thanks to all the Realtors who participated!
So, let's start plan for next year - are we going to do a spring one and a fall one in 2008? :-)
The National Open House was a success in many ways. It connected people across the country. It motivated agents and sellers. It was practice in promotion and organization. It set the stage for future National Open Houses that I bet will result directly in contracts. And being a great real estate agent means working today for tomorrows results. And lastly, the Realtor saying, "The more eyes the better."
Oh, it was fun.
Very pleased with the support of Placer and Sacramento County. Thanks to my office and all other local agents for their support. We had a lot of traffic come to our site from the national open house website.
The press releases I sent out got buried in the papers (eventhough I asked for it to be placed by my open house ad.) Maybe next Spring, we can have a series of press releases???
I want to thank Patrick for such an innovative idea and for the committee for all their hard work. I am looking forward to the next one! and a better Spring market! (And, let's all hope Ruth gets her buyer!!!)
We answered at the same time. I had a back-up showing yesterday from an out of state buyer as a result of National Open House Day. If they end up buying the house, Patrick gets the referral fee.
Some of you seemed to have great traffic, seriously interested parties, some with agents - others not, BUT........did anybody SELL a property from this?
Perhaps some got other buyers to work with, or other sellers, so as an agent that helped your business, but what about the seller's house you were trying to sell?
Was it a worthwhile venture to spend your time, money and effort to do this? If you don't have a contract on a house, my guess would be no.... I'm trying to figure out what marketing works best for my sellers, in terms of time, money, expense and I have not seen that open houses are it in my area.
From what I DO hear though, they work good in certain area's - so I'd like some feedback from all. Do they help you sell the house? If so, what are you doing that you think helps make this different so that it does produce an offer on the property?