Can your house sell from an Open House?

Can an Open House sell your house?

The short answer is YES, it is possible. Does it happen very often? No. A very small percentage of homes are sold from an open house. As small as 1-2%, depending on the area, agent, house etc. Many variables here.

Lets dig in. The Long Answer.

open house to sell your houseFirst, as a seller do you want your agent to hold an open house? (If you don't, that is perfectly fine).
If you are wondering - Maybe?
Bring it up during the listing appointment.

Ask the agent:
"What about an open house?" or "Do you do open houses?"

Some agents will flat out say they do not do open houses.

"Why not?" you ask.

There can be several answers to that.
"They don't work."
"They are waste of time."
"I don't have time."
or even... "Another agent does them for me, so if you want one I can ask them to do it"

What you should hear is why (or why not) - really - your house is a good canditate for an open house.

Two examples - Agent:
1. "Your house is in an excellent location to create traffic into the open house. More traffic, more likely somebody will like your house and want to buy it."
2. "Your house shines and will be priced very competitively so by doing an open house we will be able to show that value to buyers" (will need the traffic component too)

Or the agent may say that they don't feel your house is a good canditate for an open house due to... location, price, condition, market conditions (all of the above) etc.

selling a home in Denver - open houseWhat you should hear is that the agent knows what they are talking about - whether the answer is why or why not an open house. Just like it isn't enough to merely stick a sign in the yard, it isn't enough just to show up to the open house.

If the agent agrees to do an open house ask some questions about the open houses.
Here are a few to start with:
How do you advertise your open houses?
How many potential buyers do you get into an open house (on average)?
How do you run the open house?

Some agents may get upset that you are asking all these questions, but hey, you want your house sold. So do we, so it shouldn't be a problem!

If it is determined that your house would be great to hold an open house in, you need an agent that knows how to run one.

The agent should know - how to create traffic (buyers) to your open house, and what to do once buyers come in. How DOES the agent run the open house?

selling a home in Denver - open houseWhen location, condition and everything else is pretty much even - the agent can make a huge difference for a successful open house - which would be - to SELL your house at the OPEN HOUSE(or more accurately as a result of the open house).

We do open houses when we see them fit. If you look at the percentage of homes that we sold via the open houses compared to all homes that we sold - the number is very small. But if you look at the percentage of homes that we sold via an open house compared to the number of open houses we held - the number is over 15%.

Holding an open house is certainly not our first (or second) choice getting your house sold, but it can fit into the mix.
Ask us about open houses - what we do and how we do it!  

Selling a home is more, much more than putting a sign on the yard and entering the home in the multiple listing service site. When interviewing agents find out what they do to get your home sold.

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Copyright 2009-2013.© Kenna Real Estate Brian Burke. Denver CO Luxury real estate. All Rights Reserved. Jan 18th 2013. "Can an open house sell your house?"

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