For you Three Stooges fans out there, hopefully you enjoy the reference. There is a lot of chaos at an Open House - and the last thing anyone wants is a fourth Stooge added to the mix. So that you understand what's going on the next time you go to an Open House, here is the lowdown:

Most sellers hate Open Houses, but believe they are necessary. For sellers, an open house is pretty straightforward - make plans for Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m. away from the house, and do not plan on attending. While the sellers are gone from their homes, we try to have as many people walk through and look at all of your personal items. Don't worry, we have not screened any of the people, we have no idea if they can actually afford to purchase the place, and IDEALLY they will take off their shoes before stepping on your newly cleaned carpets.

MinnGo realizes that not every seller wants this, and some of the great brokerages (i.e., MinnGo) have followed suit and started to offer 3D virtual tours in order for prospective buyers to literally "walk" the house without ever stepping foot in it. If only we had patented the technology when we first thought of the idea ;)

*Open Houses are especially helpful for tenant-occupied properties. In California, to show a tenant-occupied property, you need to give proper notice and it can be extremely burdensome on the tenant's schedule to have appointments throughout the week to schedule tours of the home. Open House can be used effectively in these situations to avoid multiple appointments, and get a large number of people to see the property at once.

The agent at the Open House may know nothing about the property. Shocking right? It is not uncommon for your average listing agent to outsource the actual “Open House” to another agent in their office. Now this is not always the case, but when sellers hire the listing agent, 99% of the time they expect the listing agent to be the one there. At MinnGo, we like to think that we hire smart and are hired because we are smart. That also comes with the expectation that the agent showing the property should know the property inside and out. We guarantee that we will know it as well as the seller by the time we need to tell others why they should make this their new home.
Emails and phone numbers. Almost no one likes signing up for the emails and calls to follow. The good news – most agents actually never follow up, so don’t worry too much about it!
But all jokes aside, some sellers will actually ask their agent to gather the information of those that enter the house. It is good protocol as a lot of people go in and out of the house, and if something happens/goes wrong/is left behind, having contact information can go a long way.
“Are you working with an Agent?”
As a REALTOR®, the agent should be asking this to see if they are interfering with a client relationship that is already underway. Prospective buyers should answer this honestly – at the end of the day, you want to make sure that they know you are working with an agent so that when your agent (ideally us) calls, we can build a rapport with the agent immediately and make sure they know they are working with a serious buyer.

Final Thoughts - Open Houses are great. Just remember, when you attend Open Houses, don't go crazy as you tour your "new" home. Also, as Kate kindly shared, go to the restroom before walking in...

If you ever have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to reach out. At MinnGo, we realize that real estate is not something our clients think about everyday. Lucky for you, that is what we live and breath.

Until next time.