As a buyer, I disagree with the agents who prefer to avoid open houses. I am patiently waiting for the right house to purchase and I do not have to sell my current home before purchasing another. I have identified the agent I will use to purchase my new home when I find the right one. If I donâ€™t find it on my own, using the MLS, she will find it for me. We all know that buyers utilize the internet to search for homes. When I find one that comes close, I add it to my list. I drive by, I research and I watch for an open house. (They are rare.) Because I have time on my side, I choose to check the house out before contacting my buyerâ€™s agent to view the home. I can often eliminate the house simply by visiting for an open house. Conversely, I recently called a listing agent and asked to view one of her listings while my agent was out of town. She asked very pointedly why I was asking to see the house without an agent. I told her and also told her if she didnâ€™t want to show me the house, I would wait for my agent. But I also asked her if as the sellersâ€™ agent, it wasn't her job to show the house to prospective buyers. At the viewing, she knew all sorts of details about the community and property that my agent never would have known. So wasn't the seller better served by her showing the home?? As it turned out, the house was not for me. But, it WAS for a newly relocated business associate of mine. I told her about the house and 3 days later she toured the house and will put in an offer. I have purchased 7 homes over the years and currently own 3 of them. 3 of the homes I purchased I did so after viewing them at an open house. As to having an open house after the home has been on the market for months? I think it is a great idea. To a buyer, it shows that the seller is still proud of their home and confident enough of the condition and desirability, that they want to welcome people in to see it. As for the â€˜lookie lousâ€™ and neighbors? You should hope they will come to view your open house. They all have friends and relatives who are potential buyers, and also, those neighbors are an asset to you selling that home. I want to buy a house in a friendly and supportive neighborhood. ( it is also a great motivation to get the sellers to have their house in tip top shape, some are far more concerned that the neighbors see a clean and orderly house, than that some nameless stranger trolling homes with her agent see the dust bunnies) I recently had a casual conversation with an agent, who sniffed and told me SHE and her husband are a finely tuned selling team and they do not have to hold an open house to sell a house. I pondered that comment and realized I would never use a selling agent who was not willing to use all of the sales tools at their disposal to sell my home. And by the way, I get a chuckle out of an ad that reads â€˜motivated sellersâ€™, after a house has been on the market for many months. No they are not motivated sellers, if they were, they would have lowered the price to reflect the market in their neighborhood, and they would get their agent off his/her laurels to hold an open house. I searched the ads and listings today, (sidenote, Oregonian classified ads suck) and added 2 new listings to my wish list. I am going to call the agents and ask when they plan to hold an open house, and no, I will not give them my contact info, so donâ€™t ask. ( but I will sign the guestbook and give contact info at the open house) Lastly, as an agent, do not judge me and my hubby by the way we are dressed or the car we drive to your open house. Chances are I just dragged him out of the garden on Sunday afternoon because that house up on Cross Creek FINALLY got their price down and held an open house. We have the savings for a healthy down payment and the income to pay the mortgage with no contingencies, we should look darned good to you.