Does Anyone Really Attend Open Houses?
The question of every home seller pertains to whether or not anyone really attends open houses. The answer? YES! However, as with all other challenges in life, there are pros and cons to holding open houses. One of the major drawbacks is that you never really know who will walk through your front door, however, it is somewhat predictable as to the type of people who will visit your home.
That’s right, the Open house is so hot right now. Where else are you going to find yourself in a room full of real estate buyers and sellers while you are providing a service for your current client? They say; if you are going to hold an Open House, then go all out to advertise your listing and yourself to as many potential clients as possible.
An open house can be a great sales tool, but it also exposes you to numerous unfamiliar people for the first time. Stay safe by practicing these guidelines. Whether buying or selling, be smart and get a head start on understanding who these people are and whether they will be a good fit or not.
NAR reminds those working in housing that open houses can be a great sales tool—but hosting one also exposes you to numerous unfamiliar people for the first time.
Obtain some information about the buyer prior to your Open House, if possible— If it’s not possible to capture their information before they enter the Open House.
Try to have at least one other person with you at the Open House
Have visitors scan or text your Open House Registry. Blocked Number? Have the buyer Un-block their cell number and call or text again for admittance. Refuse entry into Open House without texted identification.
To confirm entry the buyer receives the complete mobile property listing from your website, sending the buyer’s cell phone number to your email and text capture system and others as you designate. Additionally, the buyers IP address is captured in the website stats, when operational.
“Signs will often attract curious passersby who may not be actively looking for a home. But that’s the point.”
These tips are not only for Agents personal safety, but the safety of others and their belongings. Please feel free to add your safety showing tips!
At least 40% of the agents surveyed by the National Association of Realtors® for its 2015 Member Safety Report say they have experienced a situation that made them fear for their personal safety: Vacant houses, model homes, properties in remote areas, and open houses all caused trepidation. The study found that many now carry weapons for self-defense—no wonder when agents have been killed in the past.
Agents park at the curb in front of the property rather than in the driveway. You will attract much more attention running and screaming to the curb area. It is much easier to escape in your vehicle if you don’t have to back out of a driveway. Besides, parking in a driveway, another vehicle could purposefully or accidentally trap you.
It is better to not display purses while at a property. Lock your purse in the car trunk before you arrive. Carry only non-valuable business items (except for your cell phone), and do not wear expensive jewelry or watches, or appear to be carrying large sums of money.
Source: National Association of REALTORS® Safety Week Kit
BECOME A HARD TARGET
Attackers fear failure. That is why lions attack weak gazelles. Terrorists prefer defenseless targets. Rapists sometimes “interview” their prey to see if they will submit.
You might be alone more often, but this doesn’t have to mean that you are more vulnerable. Demand buyers sign in and receive a mobile property listing from your website.
Instead, you can make yourself a hard target. Walk with a purpose, and when you are alone don’t appear weak.
Speak with authority when a stranger approaches and never negotiate your own security with a stranger in the name of politeness. Avoid soft responses like “maybe.” Or “Sorry.” Or “I think I’ve got it.” Instead, you need to be firm and say “No.”