A Few More Reasons Why We Don't Hold Open Houses

Back on August 21, I wrote a blog post about why we don't hold traditional open houses.  I described the change in technology, who really benefits from the open house (the AGENT), and the lack of overall interest in open houses.  Lastly, I talked about our new "24/7 Open House" concept that we utilize in place of the traditional open house.

Now, let me just get to the nitty-gritty.  These are stories "ripped from the headlines" about all the bad stuff that actually happened at open houses.

Is an Open House necessary when selling a home? No!

NAR CANCELS National Open House Weekend starting in 2014 - due to lack of interest.

A Realtor was shot during an open house in Iowa.

A Realtor groped during an Open House in Arizona

A couple posed as Buyers and stole jewelry during an open house.

A person steals 162k of jewelry from a Highland Park, IL open house. (My 2 cents, never leave that much jewelry laying around - don't 'ya think!)

You guessed it...another theft in Maryland.

Pain pills stolen during this open house in Naperville - right in our back yard.

Two expensive handbags were heisted in this story.

Here is a story with multiple links to other homicides during open houses.

A woman was sexually assaulted while showing a home.

Beverly Carter, a Realtor in Arkansas, murdered during a home showing.

Agent knocked unconscious outside listing.

82k of jewelry stolen from 12 open houses.

I think you get the drift.

Here is why we are using the 24/7 Open House:

1) Technology is king.
2) 92% of buyers start their home search online, according to the National Assoc of Realtors.
3) Most open house "buyers" arent even pre-approved. (I don't even show MY buyer clients homes until they are pre-approved - why the heck would you waste your Sunday showing your home to unqualified buyers!!)
4) Your nosy neighbors want to see the inside of your home.

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