Hi Dorothy â€“
I think the effectiveness of a broker open house varies by area. They are a good idea in our area, since they tend to be pretty well attended, but that may not be so in all areas. Also, many times the agents donâ€™t necessarily have buyers at that price point.
Itâ€™s true that public open houses donâ€™t generally sell the house. But I have sold some homes through open houses. One contributing factor: These homes had an attractive exterior but even nicer interior. They really benefited from the increased traffic.
So if you do have your agent hold an open house, really go the extra mile with staging and cleaning, fresh flowers, etc. Make your home a really nice SURPRISE when people walk through and you will increase your chances of success.
One other note is the timing of the open house, which can be tricky. In our coastal town, if it is a very hot day, we donâ€™t get good attendance since everyone goes to the beach instead. Also, we have had a slow few weeks while many people were busy with school ending, graduations, etc. So work with your agent to figure out your best local open house times.
Itâ€™s worth a try and good luck to you