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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

No way, they will screw it up somehow. I won't have that. Would you Debbie?

Apr 23, 2015 02:42 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Debbie - I discuss marketing strategies during the listing presentation - it does not include sellers in attendance at open house events let alone holding it open themselves.  

Apr 23, 2015 01:09 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


OMG, who gave them that idea!  It makes me coo coo just thinking about it, and you must have guessed my answer is NO!  No one will feel comfortable looking around, and I can just see one the sellers trying to show the house...Perfect scenario for a real estate sit com.  A

Apr 23, 2015 12:15 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

 It's been at least 10 years since I've held an open house.  No I did not nor would not want my sellers holding their own.

Apr 23, 2015 07:50 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Heck NO. I have a situation right now where the buyer went behind their agent's back to meet with my sellers and now we have attorneys involved. Don't do it. 

Apr 23, 2015 12:39 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I can't really stop them, but I would discourage it.

Oct 21, 2018 06:39 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

I can think of plenty of reasons why it's a very bad idea - however - can one prevent the owners from doing it?

Oct 05, 2017 05:48 AM
Evelyn M Epperson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Johns Creek, GA
A Tradition Of [Excellence, Trust & Service]

It is very usual but Yes as long as I am there and we have a sign up sheet.

Apr 30, 2015 04:08 AM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

No.  Please go away.  Go to a movie, go to a restaurant, go see grandma just go away.  I do not want my license in jeopardy because some homeowner says or does the wrong thing.

Apr 29, 2015 05:29 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

The seller thought she would be helping and could do impromptu open houses when she saw lots of traffic coming through neighborhood. I told her it could be dangerous having strangers not qualified coming through and besides it is my job it to screen buyers and to show the house. Sellers need to be gone.

Apr 24, 2015 10:00 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Well, first, it's not up to me to allow it or not. It's their house, so if they want to show it to potnetial buyers, they can. But, I would give them some suggestions on what to say or not say, and to have another person with them for safety reasons, and a few other tips, and would prepare some flyers for them.

Apr 24, 2015 07:43 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Debbie - I just couldn't see a situation where that would be beneficial in any way. Sounds like a recipe for disaster, and I would not recommend that a seller hold their own open house.

Apr 24, 2015 06:23 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I would strongly discourage it.  If they feel that they still want to I will advise them once again that the commission is still in force and that any problems they make are not mine to fix.  

Apr 24, 2015 05:34 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is a very interesting question. I would advise again holding their own open house. There are too many risks to be considered. 

Apr 24, 2015 01:10 AM
Linda Metallo DiBenardo
RE/MAX Impact, Lockport, Illinois - Lockport, IL

Couldn't we all think of many reasons why that would not be a good idea?  

Apr 23, 2015 11:46 PM
Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

Oh sure, because I don't have quite enough screwed up transactions!

Apr 23, 2015 11:13 PM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

I've never been asked by a seller. I would strongly discouraged that practice.

Apr 23, 2015 10:54 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

It is their house.

They hired the agent to HELP them sell their house.

In the presence of this request, the agent should take note that the home owner believes something is lacking in the agents program.

My recommendation is to address the cause. 

OPEN HOUSES are highly effective tools for very specific purposes. 

What the agent needs to do is squeeze to the fifth level THEN they can see the issue and create the strategy that will assuage the home owners REAL concern.

The bonus is the awareness to take action to preempt such doubt surfacing in the mind of future sellers.


Apr 23, 2015 10:34 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Debbie Reynolds No, I would not allow it. Too many potential issues.

Apr 23, 2015 10:32 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Absolutely NO WAY. The seller can kill a sale faster than it can start. 

Apr 23, 2015 10:21 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I've not had a seller ask to do this... but why would they do that? Afterall, as long as we have a valid listing agreement, they have to pay us no matter how the buyer is found.

Apr 23, 2015 09:38 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I think it can be a liabilty issue. Too many things can go wrong unless the sellers are experienced .

Apr 23, 2015 09:33 PM
Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS
Panorama R.E. Limited - Toronto, ON
Selling Your Home as if it were My Own!

I have friends who bought their investment house through me so as a favour I would rent it out for them for no commission. Due to it being a high traffic and super-desired area and I wanted to lease this thing right away so we did an open house. For fun she wanted to handle the first people who came in. She managed to give them the wrong info on the home, the law, and managed to offend them in two minutes.

I handled the next three people, two of whom asked me to produce offers to lease. She thought I was a good agent before but now she knows I'm great and that it's not easy.

Apr 23, 2015 09:30 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi Debbie,

Absolutely not! My marketing plan does not include the seller even attending an open house I hold open! I can't think of anything wore than a seller inviting consumers into their uncomfortable!

Apr 23, 2015 09:13 PM
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

Phew, I thought some of the answers would astound me...not so..never, never!

Apr 23, 2015 08:46 PM
Jim Joeriman
Coldwell Banker Riviera Realty, Inc - Lacey Township, NJ
Helping Agents Reach New Heights

I discourage it with intensity!  It's like having them conduct their own showing and we all know how poorly that turns out.

Apr 23, 2015 08:46 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Debbie. I absolutely would not, during an open house, I'd rather see them gone during that time period.

Apr 23, 2015 07:18 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 I've never heard of anybody doing their own open house. Sounds like a recipe for disaster.

Apr 23, 2015 06:50 PM
Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 - Honolulu, HI
REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i

Aloha Debbie,

Yikes,  a nightmare on elm street immediately comes to mind or the scene in Raider's of The Lost Arch where Indiana Jones falls in pit full of poisonous snakes. I couldn't a imagine a more problematic situation than allowing one's clients to be present at an open house let alone have them host one. There is much potential for disaster in this equation, the most reckless part is I wouldn't be present. The horror!

a hui hou,

Apr 23, 2015 03:11 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I haven't had that opportunity, but I would not allow it.  It's not good for the Seller to talk to potential buyers.

Apr 23, 2015 02:59 PM
Raoul Loustaunau
EXP REALTY - Phoenix, AZ

No , just something for them to give something away or repair something o who knows what else they give away. great question have a super weekend

Apr 23, 2015 01:17 PM