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Rainmaker
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Toronto, ON

Different communities in my area do broker opens on different days so I do them on the same day as the relevant community.

Jul 13, 2015 08:48 PM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

In one area it essential to have a give away is a must!

Jul 13, 2015 03:54 PM
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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

We do Tuesday between 9:30 AM and 1:00PM. How about you?

Jul 13, 2015 01:50 PM
Rainer
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Sharon Altier, SFR
Lawton Realty Group, Inc. - Elmhurst, IL
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Each suburb seems to have "their" broker days, so if I did one, I would do so on the day others hold theirs, so the brokers do the tour.  I did a few, a few years back, and offered water a few times, after having put out food and no change in attendance.  I see agents giving away Starbucks cards, etc.

Jul 13, 2015 01:26 PM
Rainmaker
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

We do theBroker Caravans set up by our local board. They choose the date. Usually Tuesdays

Jul 13, 2015 09:10 PM
Rainmaker
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

We haven't done these for years. When we did, it was usually Thurs or Friday. We did bring lunch, but after realizing agents were only eating and not even looking at the property...we stopped!

Jul 13, 2015 07:52 PM
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TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good Tuesday morning Debbie. I stopped by to see the answers.

Jul 13, 2015 07:17 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Good question Debbie, I am here to learn from the answers.

Jul 13, 2015 04:51 PM
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Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Ours are usually late in the afternoon on a Friday with TGIF refreshments to encourage attendance.

Jul 13, 2015 02:29 PM
Rainmaker
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

we do Tuesdays - and I just feed

Jul 13, 2015 01:56 PM
Rainmaker
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Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

We don't see alot of them anymore but they were always a Tue, Wed or possibly Thurs.  I'm not so sure that prizes attract people anymore.

Jul 13, 2015 01:54 PM
Rainmaker
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Debra Peters
Referral Realty - Manorville, NY
NY Real Estate Salesperson

The best day is when the number of open houses in the area is minimal. Although the number of open houses on a specific day can change in a given second, I try and research the information first.

I'll serve lunch, which is usually provided by a mortgage lender and have never given away prizes.

In my opinion, if the house is priced correctly, any type of open house is not necessary. 

Many Agents are there for the FREE food and have no interest in the house at all.

I had worked for a different office a number of years ago. When our Agents would host an open house, there was a particular company that would call our office and ask what was being served for lunch! They would sometimes show up with their children, eat to their hearts content and never have any interest in the home.

Jul 19, 2015 06:55 AM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I am seeing no pattern other than they are weekdays. The agents are offering prizes, food and even early arrival prizes. 

Jul 14, 2015 12:13 AM
Rainmaker
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Debbie - most of my market still has broker caravan days and I tie into those events.   It varies by jurisdiction but typically Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday.  I also make them available to the general public as a public open house event.   The more exposure, the better.

Food has proved to be an attraction for those "hungry" agents who always scope a free lunch.   It can give people a chance to linger a bit longer and create a bit of a buzz for a property when there a lot of people in the house. I think it depends on the property.  

In our area I've seen prizes too but neither food nor a lotto scratch-off or a gift card has ever been the reason why I have visited a home.   

Jul 13, 2015 11:57 PM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

North county on Wednesday, South county on Thursdays is the tradition here.

What is REQUIRED for attendance if critical mass and a bite to eat. Some offer door prizes, but this does not change attendance. CRITICAL MASS does.

Jul 13, 2015 11:00 PM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Our MLS has broken down the metroplex into different areas and each area has an assigned date for broker opens.  In East Dallas that would be the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.

Jul 13, 2015 09:16 PM