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Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

I think most of us could write a book on "Sh&t my sellers said" that did or almost tanked  a deal.  Better to leave the open houses to the professionals and let the sellers have a nice afternoon somewhere else.  

Jul 24, 2015 10:32 AM
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. if that wasnt clear....nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo   :)

Jul 24, 2015 12:25 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I don't want my seller doing an open house. It opens the seller up to sharing too much information with a buyer and could lose a real prospect. It is not the seller's job, it is the agents job to talk with buyers.

Jul 24, 2015 11:00 AM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

Nope.  Wouldn't do it.

I was hosting open house at one of my listings and the seller hadn't left yet.  A visitor walked in and toured the property.  He then asked the seller a question.  The seller didn't hear exactly what the visitor asked.  

Instead of asking him to repeat the question, the seller repeated what she thought she'd heard, which was unfortunate, as it turned into an incredibly awkward exchange which I cannot put into writing until much time has passed.

Jul 24, 2015 10:54 AM
Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

If you are, you should charge MORE commission because you are going to work your butt off with damage control. 

Jul 24, 2015 11:38 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Oh heck NO! It's not the seller's place to be dealing with other agents and potential buyers. 

Jul 24, 2015 12:56 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Not in a million years.  They are emotionally involved and not likely to be impartial to some of the questions or comments made by unthinking buyers.

Jul 24, 2015 12:46 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

No Michael, I do not go that route. We only do full service.

Jul 24, 2015 12:46 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Fool for a client dynamics comes to mind...

Jul 24, 2015 11:28 AM
Steven Ellenbogen
United Realty Group - Coral Springs, FL

I would consider it, but I would supply branded sign-in sheets, and of course make sure I was available by phone to answer questions any open house attendees might have. I would always do the first open house, but if the sellers wanted additional open houses, I would let them, under controlled circumstances (ex. having copies of the listing brochure, a sellers disclosure available if prospect asked for it etc)

Jul 25, 2015 10:03 AM
Fred Cope
Reliant Realty in Nashville, TN - Nashville, TN
Looking For Homes With A Smile

My first thought: "What, do you have concerns that I am incapable?

My compensation is not based on individual tasks, but on successful accomplishment of my assignment, which is marketing your home to secure highest and best price.  My job is inclusive of avoiding situations which may reduce that price.  I am happy to represent you, and avoiding someone putting you on the spot.  Are you comfortable with my handling things as your REALTOR®?  Good.

Jul 25, 2015 02:54 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

No, but at Help you to Sell it is DIY.   They charge around 10K for 500-999K home...


Jul 25, 2015 02:08 AM
Dori Thurmond
RE/MAX Advantage - Portage, MI

The more established agents in my office offer us newer agents the opportunity to host open houses for them. It's a great chance to get us newbies some experience and exposure and it keeps things professional :)

Jul 25, 2015 01:34 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

A bad idea on multiple levels in my opinion.

Jul 25, 2015 01:23 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Michael Thornton If you want to turn buyers off, have a seller bird dog a buyer telling them how great their house is compared to others. It doesn't work.

Jul 24, 2015 11:37 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Absolutely NOT. First, I don't think it would be professional on my part second, would not help in the sale process and third, would not put me in a good light with potential customers (buyers or sellers) that might come to the open house.

Jul 24, 2015 09:05 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Michael. We always do our own open houses for properties that we flip, commission has nothing to do with it.

Make it a great weekend!

Jul 24, 2015 07:46 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Michael Thornton - that's not something that I'd like the seller to be in charge of! 

Jul 24, 2015 05:11 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I never heard that the owner do their open houses if it is listed with an agent. I've seen some agents choose ''limited service'' or MLS entry only for a fee.

Jul 24, 2015 04:55 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Michael - I don't think that would be a good idea.

Jul 24, 2015 04:32 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I like to do open houses and I would lose more business by surrendering this...

Jul 24, 2015 02:30 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Well Michael, I think we all knew that the answer to this one would be no, though I am sure it is tempting sometimes expecially for those agents who do not want to hold open houses, yet have sellers who insist on them.


Jul 24, 2015 02:06 PM
Mitchell J Hall
Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

No. Unfortunately I have experienced sellers stay during an open house. It's never a god idea. They mean well but blab about all the wrong things. 

Jul 24, 2015 01:16 PM
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

I think it just make everything harder when you have someone talking who should just be listening. 

Jul 24, 2015 11:41 AM