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Is it helpful to have an open house?..

Daughters house on the market for about 5 months and only 2 showings.  Why isn' t  it showing open house on the different sites like Zillow:?. Her agent said they don't add info to the different sites....A little late to ask this question as the open house is today noon to two.  House location in Sandown, N.H...Thanks for any advice...











  • August 26 2012 - Sandown
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Thanks to all of you who took the time to answer...Love this advice site...I hope my daughter sells her house soon.
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If your house is over priced it matters not how mu ch the agent does. Sellers have to be realis tic about prices. I know is hard be cause prices are down. But you can not sale a dollar for more than a dollar. I have done open houses but have yet to get any value out of them. In general terms, they are not very useful if at all. Best of luck!
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Open Houses, are one of the many tools that listing agents use when marketing a property.  The best motivator for buyers is a competitive price, maybe the listing agent can do another comparative market analysis to ensure that the property is listed aggressively. 
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There is an agent in my office who has sold 4 homes via open houses in the last year. However she markets them to the extreme. She knocks on every door in the neighborhood and invites the neighborhood to come visit and to bring anyone they know who might wish to live near them. She advertises her open houses on all of the major internet sites. And she puts up extensive signage. 

Open houses are a no pressure way to begin the house hunting process, and people sometimes fall for the first home they look at. So it does happen. Tell your agent you want the open houses advertised on Zillow and any other site you want it on....they are your agent.
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Thanks Marilyn...She is on a beautiful u shaped street..lots of kids for families...house is 10 years old...I guess we just have to wait...thanks for the info on the open house...have a great day..
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Open Houses can be a great way for buyers unfamiliar with the area and/or community to seek more information. 

If this property is not in a community, it might be difficult to get traffic to come out for "one property to see", and often, yes, it is a casual buyer who is "out for a drive".

Do buyers buy homes from an "open house"?  It is very rare.  But, good luck!
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Thanks Brian...It started too high but that is what the agent said to put it on for.... she did reduce it twice...what is your opinion on the open house....do they bring in buyers or just people out for a drive?
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Thanks for posting your question on Zillow.com.

First, the reason why you have only had 2 showings in 5 months is because the property is priced too high.

To answer your question on why it is not on the site is not all brokers have a syndication deal with Zillow meaning they agent would have to pay Zillow to have an account.

Zillow is statistically the most searched website currently so, I would recommend your agent get an account.

Good luck, hope this helped!
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