Paul S.  Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC)

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Paul,

Yes we do, and people who are not agents can come in.  The listing agent is always there to answer questions.  A

Apr 28, 2015 04:18 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Our RE/MAX office has a schedule for broker opens. Each week features a different area in order to limit the travel time.

Apr 28, 2015 03:56 AM
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Evelyn M Epperson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Johns Creek, GA
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My office does Caravans they do offer for other offices to come and caravan with us.  Usually 30 agents from the office will do the caravan & maybe 5 to 10 from other offices will come along.

Apr 28, 2015 03:44 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
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Broker Tours open to all.

ALL means the public also. I am surprised how many home buyers show up at noon on a Thursday! (a buyer lead)

Two other benefits are realized via brokers opens. 

#1. BROKERS attend. This has led to my broker calling me with referrals for like kind real estate. 

#2. Critical review. This is not criticism, but objective evaluation regarding marketability of the house by professionals.

They are well attended if there is critical mass.

 

Apr 28, 2015 03:08 AM
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
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Paul - Broker Tours, or Caravans were very popular back in the early 2000's, then went away for a few years. I started hearing about them again in 2013. I have used them when I have listings, and they always seem to be very well attended.

Our local Realtor Association promotes the Tours/Caravans, usually with a lender and maybe a title company as moderators, so yes it is open to all brokerages. The listing agent must attend, and there are usually 10-15 properties on each tour (May have two different tours for the same area - like Chandler, if there were enough agents who wanted their listings on the tour). The public has not been invited on our tours. We have a schedule of tours based on location. Some tours are only once a month, while others are every other week.

Apr 28, 2015 02:30 PM
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
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No we don't have any type of group tours, although they could be beneficial.

Apr 28, 2015 02:04 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Yes Paul S. Henderson - however I do not attend that - so I am not sure how well they are attended.....

Apr 28, 2015 01:53 PM
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Kathleen Luiten
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We have weekly caravans open to all agencies. They are well attended.

Apr 28, 2015 12:58 PM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I think the advantage of broker tours and caravans is the anti photo shop advantage! You can't just take picture angles that hide the bad. A tour allows you to see the whole picture!

Apr 28, 2015 12:58 PM
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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
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Local companies quit the tours about 10 years ago in our market.

Apr 28, 2015 12:45 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
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Some companies have done this in past years but they never went over very well.

Apr 28, 2015 12:31 PM
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
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We used to do caravans at our company but haven't done so in several years.  During the "short sale and foreclosure" era it just wasn't that much fun.  Maybe it's time to bring them back!

Apr 28, 2015 12:02 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
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The company I work for stopped doing tours about 10 years ago. There are a few other companies in town that still do them. It got wehre agents would not go and it was the same half dozen going each time so it stopped.

Apr 28, 2015 11:07 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

The last caravan I remember was twenty years ago. Personally I find it a waste of time as are most office meetings. FYI, I think office meetings can be good if the information is significant, but from my experience it rarely was.

Apr 28, 2015 09:43 AM
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Trumps Elite
Keller Williams Realty Acadiana - Lafayette, LA
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We have caravans in our area. They are well attended depending on what else is going of course and the season and/or weather.

Apr 28, 2015 09:39 AM
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Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

We have the same type of MLS sponsored tour as well. Some groups are better at attending than others. I stopped doing broker caravans when it became all about catered lunches, free gas and coffee cards, etc. It became about bribery than an honest effort to see inventory.

Apr 28, 2015 09:32 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
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Hi Paul -- our area still has broker tours/caravans and I treat them as another opportunity to not only market to other brokers but to the public as well.   They can be very well attended in our area as they are often the first opportunity they are available to be see/shown.

Apr 28, 2015 07:20 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
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when there is new inventory, they are very well attended by each office in the town....

Apr 28, 2015 06:03 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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The market is so large here in SD; eash region within the County holds Broker Caravans on different days and they are attended, but not really a great turnout, and open to all RE Companies

Apr 28, 2015 05:36 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Yes, all board member companies.

Oct 28, 2018 06:58 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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Yes, we always have at least one broker open house and usually it is before the first public OH.

Apr 17, 2018 10:47 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Yes. Yes. Don't know - we don't attend...

Oct 14, 2017 05:00 AM
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Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Paul, in our area the brokerages did their own listings with their agents.  Our brokerage no longer does a caravan of its listings.

Apr 28, 2015 10:55 PM