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3,019,160
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

How about:

Oct 18, 2016 12:13 AM
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2,355,704
Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Catered, from a recognizable local restaurant.  Meaty but not messy.  Have something for the vegetarians. 

No alchohol before 5:00PM.

Oct 18, 2016 12:35 AM
Rainmaker
1,015,377
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Costco sandwich....?

Oct 17, 2016 11:41 PM
Rainmaker
4,451,202
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Annette,

It depends on the home, etc.  There are many potential hazards involved and issues of spilling.  I would not recommend it unless it was professionally catered with staff to pick up after everybody instantly.  A

Oct 18, 2016 12:34 AM
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3,983,049
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Comfort food in my area is soup or chili. Agents come out for this especially if it is coupled with homemade desserts.

Oct 18, 2016 12:07 PM
Rainmaker
273,895
Paula McDaniel
The Paula McDaniel Group with Real Estate Partners Chattanooga LLC - Chattanooga, TN
Voted Best of the Best Chattanooga Realtor 9 Years

I have done both, and it really just depends on the house, it's price range, what season of the year it is, etc. I do try to keep it nice but simple. 

Oct 18, 2016 06:21 AM
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4,218,684
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I have no idea why food and business are combined.

I would advertise the open as being for serious professionals only who are interested in selling homes rather than trolling for a free lunch.

Oct 17, 2016 11:49 PM
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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

When I first started out in this business I used to be at the office if I was not with a client. Before Brokers Open groups of people used to talk about who had better food and where. It did not help to sell the property, only get fat.

If you see something you can sell you call your client.

Go get a donut afterwords.

I now go look at the properties alone too.

Oct 18, 2016 08:51 AM
Rainmaker
403,594
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

I have seen everything from a full meal to wine & cheese.  Personally, I think wine & cheese is great, easy, and still encourages people to come.

Oct 18, 2016 08:45 AM
Rainmaker
735,200
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Chocolates.

Oct 18, 2016 06:24 AM
Rainmaker
849,215
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

You're braver than I - I would never serve food at an open house - broker or not

Oct 18, 2016 04:41 AM
Rainmaker
3,173,141
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I do home make sloppy joes from a secret recipe.  no one ever has them

 

Oct 18, 2016 03:50 AM
Rainmaker
863,796
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

For luxury brokers open, you might want to consider wine and cheese.

Oct 18, 2016 02:55 AM
Rainmaker
1,218,342
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Ditto Raymond E. Camp 

Feed 'em and they will come.

Oct 18, 2016 02:36 AM
Rainmaker
1,323,024
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Offering food of any kind to agents worked in our market.  Of course, I've been out of the loop for a while but I suspect it still does.  

Oct 18, 2016 02:05 AM
Rainmaker
1,258,258
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Here they have sandwiches and beverages; really upscale some will cater and also try to have two or three homes with one serving the meal and the second dessert with the third having a prize for visiting all three.

Oct 18, 2016 12:21 AM
Rainmaker
4,797,361
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Annette.  I would be very leery of offering some of your options as they are prone to making stains if dropped or mishandled.

Oct 18, 2016 12:21 AM
Rainmaker
2,455,979
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Whatever you end up doing, make it quality

Oct 17, 2016 11:57 PM
Rainmaker
1,834,318
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Wine & cheese (but always room for a carrot stick or two)

Oct 17, 2016 11:55 PM
Rainmaker
1,543,725
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Yes, we provide that, but not for public open houses.

Oct 19, 2016 05:04 AM
Rainmaker
3,279,669
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Fred Griffin has a great suggestion!

Oct 18, 2016 10:44 PM
Rainmaker
4,998,603
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

when my peeps provide an open house for brokers, they have platters of finger rolls with seafood salad and other varieties; salad; veggie platter...

Oct 18, 2016 10:35 PM
Rainmaker
4,432,217
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I do  not serve alcohol at brokers open .

Oct 18, 2016 09:35 PM
Rainmaker
633,946
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

We like to offer mostly finger foods unless we have enough table and chair space for the crowd. I've made mini casseroles using muffin pans. I use standard recipes but they come out as individual servings and are easy to eat.  Savory foods like corn bread evoke that "comfort food" sensation for many people. As does good old apple pie!

Oct 18, 2016 07:38 PM
Rainmaker
3,098,502
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

In my world no open houses, so no food needed. I might attend a broker open once or twice a year, but I don't go there because of food... could care less.

Oct 18, 2016 05:03 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 - that indeed is a great idea.

Oct 18, 2016 03:51 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

There is an old saying that, "If you hang your pork chop in the window, they will come!"

Oct 18, 2016 02:45 PM
Rainmaker
1,239,486
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Left my suggestion on the blog.  Would love to know what you go with.  Best of luck to you and just make sure you have that sign that says: "Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches  Warning: Contains Peanuts"

Oct 18, 2016 02:11 PM
Rainmaker
3,982,614
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I have been to a few and they really are just water cooler banter

Oct 18, 2016 01:06 PM
Rainmaker
1,675,376
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

We had Chili at our last one.  It was a hit!

Oct 18, 2016 01:04 PM
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

It's not anything fancy, but I attended a broker's open where the hosting agent served "travelling tacos."  You started with a personal sized bag of Doritos or Fritos, then spooned in meat and whatever other topping you wanted.  Ate it out of the bag.  Very tasty and no mess since you ate it out of the bag.

Oct 18, 2016 03:50 AM
Rainmaker
1,376,417
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 I left a comment on your post.

Oct 17, 2016 11:55 PM
Rainmaker
524,356
Kathryn Acciari
Century 21 Real Estate - Shrewsbury, MA
Brand Ambassador and Business Coach

Chili or clam chowder are popular here. Easy to serve from a slow cooker, along with some nice crackers, veggies for munching, cookies. 

Oct 24, 2016 11:11 AM
Rainmaker
1,492,550
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I personally try not  not eat any comfort food, and rarely serve it for others. 

Oct 20, 2016 05:38 AM