Open Homes – are they dodgy?

An interesting item in today’s NZ Herald posed the question “are open homes dodgy?” and the full article can be viewed here.

It states amongst other things:

Over crowded open homes can make a house seem small.
They are an invitation to thieves who will return later.
Over heard negative comments could put potential purchasers off.
Open homes are just a networking tool for agents.
Open homes are frequented by sticky beak neighbours.
You need more ID to rent a video than to inspect a family home.

The fact is that all the above statements are true.

Another great item about the dangers of open homes can be read here.

Instead of restricting an inspection time to an hour once or twice a week, a home should be available to inspect at any time to suit a genuine buyer. This is what the best agents do.

What are your thoughts on Open Homes?

April 05 2012 11:26 pm | Uncategorized

3 Responses to “Open Homes – are they dodgy?”

  1. brian on 11 Apr 2012 at 10:51 am #

    Open homes have been a part of selling your home for years. This does not mean you cannot sell without open homes but you are limiting your options. Whether we like it or not prospective buyers do the rounds so as to see what is available with the various companies, and this helps them to reach a point where they become informed buyers. Open homes allow them to speed up this process and get introduced to more R/E agents in that area and view more homes quickly. I agree that more care needs to be taken by Agents to vet the people through, and efforts taken to protect valuables. Burglars have been found to have cased homes by appointment viewings, so it would be foolish to argue that not having open homes will make this problem go away.

  2. brian on 11 Apr 2012 at 10:52 am #

    I agree with above

  3. Ross Brader on 13 Apr 2012 at 6:51 pm #

    It’s just as easy to become an informed buyer simply by looking at the photos, Floorplans, and Google street view rather than wasting hours traipsing in and out of open homes.

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