Open houses: The lazy real estate tactic

Many in the real estate industry speak highly of open homes. This tactic has become so common that many sellers are under the impression that open homes are the only way to sell a property. What many people are unaware of is that open homes typically have more benefits for the agent, rather than the seller or buyer. This article debunks why set open homes are NOT the best tactic to use when selling your home.

Security Issues

A major problem with open homes is that they can tend to attract the nosy neighbours and those researching rather than legitimate buyers. Open homes allow anyone to freely walk into your home, from curious neighbours to thieves. There have been many cases of thieves attending open homes to scope out potential targets. Open homes attract a lot of strangers, which makes it hard for the agent to keep track of everyone. Many agents don’t take personal details from attendees, so if a prized possession was to go missing you wouldn’t know who the culprit was. Combine this with the fact many insurance companies won’t cover open homes, they are a recipe for disaster.

The agent doesn’t know the buyer

Picture the following scenario. Your agent is conducting an open home and a potential buyer approaches and makes an offer below your listed price. You ask the agent if they think this is the best offer the buyer will make. The agent can’t answer, because they don’t know. Why? Because they haven’t had the time to get to know the buyer, what their budget is and what their motive is for buying. How can an agent negotiate the best price for your property if they don’t understand the fundamental position of the buying party?

Wrong kind of traffic

While foot traffic and lots of inspections may look promising, qualified buyers are the only ones you should worry about. Qualified buyers are buyers who can financially afford your home and are searching for features that your property possesses. It doesn’t matter how many people turn up at an open house, if none are qualified buyers then none of them will be buying.

Makes your agent look busy

Open homes are a great way for lazy real estate agents to look busy. They simply set a date and sit back while people walk through your home. They then have the audacity to boast about its success – even if there were no offers. A good real estate agent will make the effort to schedule personal appointments with qualified buyers. Some real estate agents might tell you that open homes are the only way to attract buyers, but remember this – if a buyer is truly interested in your property, they will be happy to schedule a time to see it. If you were in the market for a property, would you turn down a chance to see your dream home just because it didn’t have an open house? Of course not.

Finding sellers

Agents will tell you an open home is a great way to draw buyers in. What they won’t tell you is that open homes are a great way for them to find additional clients. Open homes present an opportunity for your agent to network with people in your immediate area that are in the market to sell. Don’t be surprised if your agent walks away from your open home with a new listing, and that this was one of their main objectives.

So why do agents use open homes?

Simply put, open homes benefit your agent, NOT you. At the end of the day, any old agent can put on an open home. It takes a good agent to find the right buyer and negotiate the best price. Do not be fooled by agent’s claims that open homes are the only way to sell a house – it’s the only way for lazy agents to sell a house.

Article by Andrew Trim

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Restrictive for buyers – which makes it worse for sellers as well.

If you are relying on set open home inspections to sell your property, “Mr. and Mrs. Jones” can’t buy it.

The “Joneses” are busy on Saturdays with their children’s sports, or aren’t in town for the weekend, or have other engagements.  As such, when the set open inspection time doesn’t suit them, they don’t inspect, and therefore don’t buy your property.  This is not good for you, the seller, or the “Joneses”, who may miss out on their ideal home.

At Wilson Real Estate, we promote ‘Flexible’ open inspections for the best buyers – not ‘set’ open inspections for anyone!

Which means to you: By having your property open to inspect for the best buyers by appointment 168 hours per week rather than limiting it to half an hour for any stranger to wander through your home, we won’t miss a buyer who can’t make it to a set open inspection time. Only the best buyers inspect, always by appointment with an agent. Our team is trained to politely identify and qualify potential buyers and will only bring genuine buyers through your property, minimizing your stress and needless disruptions, as well as maximizing your price because by spending less time with the wrong buyers, we can be spending more time finding the right buyer for your property.

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