Open House Etiquette: A Cautionary Tale

Open House Etiquette: A Cautionary Tale

Open houses are happening again and are very well attended. You will find serious buyers, buyers who are just looking, Realtors scanning inventory, and Realtors attending with their buyers. You'll also find neighbors at these. Some are just curious and some are scouting for friends and family. 

An open house's use is also a bit different. In today's market, new listings often have a lot of showings the first few days. When the home is occupied, an open house allows the owner to be out of the home for a specified amount of time instead of in and out. Open houses will last 2 days and sometimes 3 or 4. This allows the most amount of buyers and Realtors the opportunity to view it. 

I had an open house a couple of weeks ago and it was great. Most people are lovely! I like talking to the buyers, the Realtors, and the neighbors that come through and fill me in on the neighborhood. I had a great time, except for that one person. 

In walks a mother and daughter duo.Immediately they were negative. They didn't like this or that. But, instead of leaving, they went from room to room criticizing. The daughter was unable to get to the AC in the garage and that was problematic. In the late 70s that's how ACs are stored. They didn't like the popcorn ceilings, again I reminded them the house was built in the late 70s. They would have to rip out the entire kitchen because the remodel was just wrong (it's acutally a gorgeous kitchen). They went on and on and I turned my attention to a group of neighbors who came in and told neighborhood stories.