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February 11 2012 - Madison
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I use old school bandit signs . About 50 of them at a time and it drives a good amount of traffic to my open house.

Best of luck to you !
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August 24 2012
Have a live piano player. I love when it is extra classy, and it keeps people in the house if they are awesome.
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July 27 2012
I like to make a very small postcard size flyer and knock on every door in the neighborhood and invite them to see the open house. If they aren't home, I leave it in the door. It amazes me how many times someone knows someone who is looking for a house and would love to live by a friend. An agent in my office has SOLD four of her listings this year to people coming to her open houses.
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July 27 2012
I think it is very important to make sure that an open house is advertised in every venue as possible, both on the internet and in local papers. Also, make sure that there is enough signs directing the potential buyer to the open house.
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July 27 2012
If your heart is not in it, get someone else from your company to do the open house.  Nothing is worse for your listing than an agen who is not excited about it.
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February 13 2012
Speaking of food odors - inviting and otherwise....I have a funny story to share.  Several years ago my then-manager told of a top agent in the office cooking a sweet potato during an open house and reported that it filled the house with an inviting "buy me" appeal.

So I took note and at my next open house came equipped with a sweet potato, had it baking in the oven when my one an only guest arrived....my then-manager who wrinkled her nose on entering and said "ugh, what is that odor?!"

Sometimes you just can't win ....
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February 13 2012
Staying awake is important, but if you just can not, at least try not to snore.
Also, do not microwave fish or broccoli beforehand.
Give out lots of free handouts, instead of just letting it pile up in your office.
Give out all your extra calendars, even though it past the normal point.
Try to make it fun and not sell them the house right away.
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February 12 2012
A few tips to a successful open house:
1: It should go without saying, but to clean your house thoroughly and consider minor repairs such as touch up paint or planting fresh flowers.
2: De-clutter (ie: put away items on counter, toys laying around, boxes in house)
3: De-personalize by tucking away personal framed photos, trophies and other personal items, etc. so that your buyers can imagine this space as their own
4: Promote heavily
5: Consider an early open house for locals.  For instance, if you are having an open house from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., invite your neighbors from noon to 1 p.m. It will make them feel good and allow the agent to focus on the most interested parties when the real open house starts.
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February 12 2012
Send invites to every area real estate broker and realtors. Schedule the open house 5pm - 7:30pm...be sure to have food and wine. If the list price or potential sales price is in the $1mil or higher bracket, invite a local luxury car dealership to display a car at the home or work with a local non-profit organization to host one of their parties. Best wishes!!
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February 12 2012
Post it on as many sites as you can the open house date and time.  Sites like Trulia.com, Zillow.com, Realtor.com, Craigslist, and of course the most important is your local MLS.  Pick a time that works well for you and your sschedule & clients, weekends tend to receive the most traffic.  Yes, reduce as much clutter & personal items as possible.  Treat everyone that comes in with respect (a lot of agents seem to blow off potential clients if they dont fit their mental criteria of a "good client") & be helpful, answer questions.   You can watch shows on HGTV for a long list of suggestions & ideas for a successful open house.  If you are an agent, strongly suggest asking your broker or an experienced agent for good tips as well.
Best of luck.
Spirit
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February 12 2012
I agree about reducing the clutter.  Just let the seller know that if they are already in the process of packing, less is more.  If there is too much clutter on shelves or on counter tops, buyers will not be able to see how much space there is for their own items.  Maybe consider an incentive to entice agents to bring in their buyers and choose to go to your open house over another one.
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February 12 2012
Remove any personal clutter.  Make sure entry area is open and inviting.  Have a drawing for a gas card.
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February 12 2012
What are you asking? What to do at an Open House, how to run one successfully? 
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February 12 2012
 
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