Tell Your Real Estate Agent That You Don't Want To Schedule Any Open Houses

Posted on: 23 November 2016

When you get ready to put your home on the market to sell, you may start to dread the idea of open houses. While these events can be useful, many sellers don't favor the idea of having to vacate their home for a couple hours on the weekend—after spending several hours cleaning the home. The truth is that it's possible to sell your home without holding any open houses. If you aren't fond of the idea of open houses, share this sentiment with your agent. Here are some reasons to avoid open houses.

Your Agent Will Have More Time For Other Marketing

An open house is only one way to market your house for sale. Holding an open house can be a time-consuming process for your real estate agent. In addition to physically being in the house for the event's duration, your agent will also need to put up signs around the community and take them down afterward. By avoiding open houses, your agent will be able to devote this time to other marketing pursuits, such as contacting fellow agents who represent buyers who may be interested in your listing.

You Can Still Have Plenty Of Interested People

It's not true that not having an open house means that fewer people will be interested in your listing. While an open house can definitely help you sell, these events are also commonly attended by people who are simply curious about your home. Provided that your real estate agent markets your home properly, it's still easy to have lots of people interested. They can then contact your agent to schedule a private viewing and then potentially submit an offer afterward.

There's Less Risk Of Theft

While you'd like to think that all of your personal items would remain untouched during an open house, the reality is that there's always a risk of things being taken during these events. This can be possible due to the anonymity of those who attend. If you're nervous about theft, staying away from open house and, instead, concentrating on private viewings is the way to go. Theft during a private viewing is rare; your agent and the buying agent will have a record of who is in your home at that time, making it pretty bold for someone to attempt to take something from you. Additionally, the buying agent typically accompanies the prospective buyer throughout the entire home during a viewing, thus further reducing the risk of theft.


Talking With Your Real Estate Agent About Your Needs

If you are on a budget, it can be frustrating to discuss your home needs with a real estate agent. You might find yourself stumbling over wants and needs, trying to figure out what you can get for your money. I found myself in that situation ten years ago when we bought our first home, and it was really frustrating. Fortunately, I had a real estate agent that really took the time to figure out what I wanted. After helping us to track down the home of our dreams, I decided to go into real estate for myself. I want to help other people to learn more about real estate.

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