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Q: Should you do an "Open House"?

A: N0 Never!

We do "NOT" support or encourage the practice of the "Open House".....period!  

The "Open House" is desiged to 1) TROLL for Buyers, 2) MEET your neighbors, 3) Company BRANDING 4) APPEASE the Seller.

The "OPEN HOUSE" is NOT desiged to sell your home.  Agents use your home as their stage to pick up other business.  

But, the uncontrolled nature of an Open-House is too risky for the low benifit to the homeowner. 

The only people who should be in your home should be qualified, serious home buyers, (escorted by YOU and the Agent)! 

Yes YOU should try to be present at all showings, and be sure "who" is wondering through your home.   

The risk is obvious!  Petty Theft - Identity Theft - Breakage - Personal Safety!   Even if the home is vacant, you should controll what goes on inside.  You need to be there!

The bottom line  is, don't let anyone in your home unless they are a "Ready" - "Willing" and "Able"!  Make sure credentials have been verified!   PERIOD!.   

Use common sense!  Be Safe!  Ditch the OPEN HOUSE ! 

Price your home correctly!  Make it available to Agents to bring only qualified (and verified) customers!  And you will soon be considering serious offers!  

Thank You!   Good Luck!  Remember!  "Ready","Willing" & "Able" Buyers ONLY in your home!






A Little More on the Open House!

  Here is a YouTube link from a TOP Agent!  


This link describes the Open House benefit to "Agent" (Not Seller) in order of importance:
     1) Meet new buyers - (Agents keep a list of "switch-properties" to pitch to buyers)
     2) Meet the neighbors - (your neighbor already has a house, but they are 'future listings")
     3) Brand the Brokerage Company -- tons of directional signs, flags, fliers, etc.etc.  
     4) Appease the Seller. 

The Agent primarily holds a house "open" to pick up other business!   As a Seller, you don't need to pick up other business, so don't bother with an Open House!  Open Houses are for Agents not Sellers.  

Be Safe!  Recently, a Great Falls open-house attendee took the drugs from the home, in Missoula Montana, it was the Licensed Agent who took the drugs.  In Helena Montana it was a licensed Appraiser who stole the prescription drugs from a home.  

Don't put youself or your prperty at risk.  Attend all showings.  Make sure the only peolpe inside your home are qualiifed &verifeid "Buyers". 

If the price is right, the sign will work, your home will sell!  



   Direct communication?

Do we support direct communications?  YES

  1. Candid negotiations
  2. Timely answers
  3. Amicable relationships
  4. Transparent information
  5. Nothing gets lost in translation…
  6. This is your home:  This is where another person will live someday.  Of course it is “Personal” and we want to keep it that way.


Do we Support the use of a Licensed Real Estate Agent? OF COURSE 

YES, we think there should be "at least One" Real Estate Licensee involved in the transaction. 

  1. Realtors subscribe to a Code of Ethics – (you can "expect" ethical behavior)
  2. Real Estate Licensees will bring qualified buyers (personally known to them):  Higher quality showings, better leads, less risky traffic through your home!
  3. Real Estate Licensees have "transaction experience"!  They do deals every day.  Real Estate Licensees continue to be educated to industry standards and beyond.  This is what they do for a living, and we think there should always be at least one Licensed Real Estate Agent involved in your transaction..(as long as you get a good, experienced, forthright, Agent)! 




    Not Really..    

  1. Don't fall for the perception card..(don't hire pot-luck). 
  2. Keep your money local...(we don't think a franchise brings much to the table).
  3. If you overprice your home, it won't sell. 
  4. Proper pricing is paramount, and market response lets you know. 
  5. Real Estate is Local.  Buyers find you via online searches and your sign. (Buyers know the inventory better than anyone).  


      Print Ads?

Do we invest in Print Advertising?  NOPE!

  1. You're kidding right?   Print ads are for "company branding".. not selling your home.
  2. Buyers are 1) Online2) Working with agents in an MLS,  3) Driving through neighborhoods of interest.  not fumbling throuh papers and periodicals looking for limited information.
  3. So save your money!  Stick with the Internet, local MLS, and a good yard sign.


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