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Is Sat or Sun the best time for OPEN HOUSE?

I have selected today Sat Dec 5, as OPEN HOUSE noon to 5 PM.
Is Sat or Sun the best time to have open houses?

  • December 05 2009 - Twinsburg
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Sundays from2:00-4:00. I do find that a lot of advertising with neighborhood postcards as well as putting directional signs out 6 days in advance truly helps. Just had an open house with 45 people attending! Lots of new clients and sold the house! Great open house....don't we just wish they were all that way!
  • September 23 2014
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In my market commuter open houses have become popular. For example Thursday evening 5-7.
  • September 18 2014
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After church on Sundays - 3-5pm ---

I have had good luck on Fridays if you can believe it... some of my best open houses were on Fridays starting between 11am and 1 pm until about 3 or 4 pm. Garage sales in this area do great on Fridays as well (maybe no one has a regular job? LOL)

I have never had good luck on Saturdays for some reason.
  • September 17 2014
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I have found the greatest success showing homes on Sundays between 3-5pm where most of the other open houses in the area show closer to 1-3pm. 5 hours may be a little too long of a time period as you will probably not be busy for 5 hours straight and will be thus wasting your time waiting. I would also not suggest having an open house during any local/big sports event as I've noticed that there is a decline in traffic whenever there is a 49ers game at the same time as my open house (in Northern California at least).
  • September 17 2014
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Definitely Sundays around here as well.  
  • December 22 2010
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I think Sundays are the norm in our industry.  You might have someone attend a Saturday open house if you advertise it heavily, but your chances are probably higher if you schedule it for Sunday when there are several Open Houses.
  • December 19 2010
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My statistics show Sunday Open houses generate twice as many visitors as Saturday.  Good Luck!
  • December 19 2010
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Hello,
I personally Have had more success on Sat. then Sunday.. I do believe that during the week could be a great idea! Sometimes the weekend gets so busy that alternatives with separate you from the others. Best of luck!
  • December 16 2010
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Both days can be good.  What I think has more impact is the conditions (weather) and any local conditions such as sports games, local events, etc.

Sometimes weekdays work even better if you are near a school area and parents are coming and going.
  • December 16 2010
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In my area, Sundays beat Saturdays always. Now if the Eagles are playing during the open house you are just out of luck
  • December 16 2010
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Hi David, Both days are good. It all depends on your neighborhood and the community religious backgroung. Some worship on Saturday some on Sunday.

  • December 16 2010
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Also, consider shortening your time to something like 1-3pm or 2-4pm.  If interested, consumers who see the ad will make it a point to be there while open and you'll then be free to show homes or do other activities in your other 2-3 hours.
  • December 16 2010
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Did you ever sell this house ?

  • December 16 2010
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Usually Sundays work best.  However, there is nothing wrong with being creative and trying other times.  Depending on where the house is located, you could try a "Rush Hour" open house, or advertise a Saturday open house if there are some garage sales or estate sales going on in the area that day.
  • October 04 2010
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Good Morning!  Hope your open house went well.  

Typically you will see more open houses on Sunday.  If you choose to have an open house, create an event out of it.  What I mean by that is contact your neighbors on your street and the adjacent streets to let them know of your open house and they as well as anyone they might know who wants to buy are welcome to come.  Get many open house signs out a few days ahead of time and put up some balloons the day of.  Put some cookies and juice or water out for your guests the day of.  Do those types of activities before your open house and I believe you will have a successful open house either day you choose.  And some people are evening having evening open houses, such as 6:00 pm when people are driving home from work.  Good luck to you!   
  • October 04 2010
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Definitely Sunday is the better day to do open houses, although at this time of year, when there are Browns football games on you may want to make the open house later in the day.
  • September 28 2010
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This is a great question. We have our Open Houses on Sundays because we also think that Saturday is errand day, while Sunday is a day when people kick back and can take the time to look at homes. More agents in our area have them on Sunday vs. Saturday. For a change, sometime try a Twilight Open house on a weekday evening, like Thursday. Some people have had good traffic with those also.
  • December 12 2009
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Sunday.
  • December 10 2009
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Both. No really it depends on when buyers are out looking in your area. If you're serious about selling why not try both for two weekends and see which day brings more traffic. Unless you're on a really busy street don't rely on signs alone; I suggest giving notice on the net, placing a local ad, and posting flyers with the open house info a few days before hand on any nearby bulliten boards you can. Also usefull is tying balloons to the open house signs to catch even more attention. best of luck and don't get too bummed if you have one or two with slow traffic.
  • December 08 2009
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I am  in Northern California. I think Sunday has more traffic.

Grace Keng
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  • December 08 2009
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I am located in Columbia, SC.  While some agents will have open houses on Saturday, they are typically not well attended.  Sunday open houses have a much better success rate.  Internet advertising is very important and accounts for 50 - 100% of my visitors.  If you did not have good attendance with your Saturday open house, try a Sunday in a few weeks.
  • December 06 2009
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We are located in Northeast OH.  The large majority of Open Houses are held on Sunday afternoons.  Personally, we have never held an Open House on a Saturday, only Sundays.  The logic for us is that most people do errands on Saturdays & relax on Sundays.

  • December 05 2009
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