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Open houses rose from the grave! This really worked!

I have said for the past two years that I just don't do open houses.  I have placed open houses where I do print advertising, in the grave and closed the lid!

Last weekend one of my sellers asked if she could borrow my open house signs because there was a "neighborhood yard sale" taking place with at least 13 neighbors having a yard sale at the same time.  I agreed and took over my open house signs.

My seller called me this a.m. to tell me "10 couples" came in to see the home and at least 3 of the couples showed a lot of interest!  Two hours later I receive a call from a Realtor who said one of her buyers saw my listing during the open house and is real interested!  "This is truly open houses raised from the grave!"

I remember reading a blog by an AR member last year where they had great success combining yard sales with open houses with a new twist.   Her new twist was to have all the neighbors agree to donate a percentage of the yard sale profits to charity.  They also had a local radio station come on location to promote the charity.

The reason my sellers success is so amazing is that open houses done the old fashion way in our area just have not been working well at all and 99% of Realtors like me had given up on them. 

Take this to heart and talk to your sellers about getting a neighborhood yard sale together.  You may just attract some ready, willing and able buyers like my seller just did!



 Posted By: George Tallabas - Boise Idaho Real Estate Agent - Associate Broker 
with RE/MAX Advantage, Canyon Counties #1 Brokerage in sales and listings
specializing in Boise Idaho Real Estate and Southwest Idaho Real Estate.

Native Idahoan and Boise Idaho Real Estate specialist serving Boise, Meridian Eagle, Nampa, Caldwell and the surrounding Treasure valley area of southwest Idaho. Specializing in residential, investment, land and commercial real estate. Search thousands of MLS listings at Boise Homes for sale and learn all about Idaho by visiting Search Idaho Homes

Comment balloon 32 commentsGeorge Tallabas • April 21 2008 04:30PM


Great idea!  I am hosting a yard sale next week for a neighborhood that I have 4 listings in. 
Posted by Tammy Anderson, Owens, Broker/Owner ("The Gateway Home Team" of RE/MAX Alliance) about 11 years ago
Tammy - Good for you and see if you can get more residents interested in the yard sale.  The more the better!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
Well you are really selling a yard, so technically it should work.
Posted by Anonymous about 11 years ago
I think it depends on your area/region, but most of my open houses have been successful in either interest in the property or a new client for me.  Yard sales are definitely a good draw.
Posted by Chelle Gassan, NOVA Realtor and Stager (RE/MAX Regency and Staged Homes VA) about 11 years ago
read that same blog as well.  Think about sponsoring one, doing the leg work to get the ball rolling for the neighborhood.
Posted by -- Casey Brischle, Spokane Home Loan Mortgage Professional (Columbia Bank) about 11 years ago

Chelle - This is amazing because regular open houses were dead!

Casey - Very true...thanks!

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
George, thanks for sharing this idea. I am and have tried all sort of things over the years.
Posted by Frank Rubi, (Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC) about 11 years ago

Frank - Thanks my friend and I hope all is well.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
I am doing an open house this weekend.  I don't know what the response will be but I am just going to find out.
Posted by John Walters, Licensed in Louisiana (Frank Rubi Real Estate) about 11 years ago
Ohh, good idea. You know times are slow when we think about staging an open house as a garage sale! (me not you). LOL
Posted by Patrick Johnson (Windermere) about 11 years ago

John - Good luck to you!

Patrick - It's a great idea and I wish you well.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
Good Post George, we all need to think outside of the box to get attention to our open houses.  This sounds like a great idea!  I have an open house scheduled for two weeks from now and may see if i can get the neighbors on board, even though it is really short notice. I'll let you know how it turns out!
Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Hi George...Hope that interest turns into a contract for you and your sellers.  Great that the seller was willing to do the open.


Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) about 11 years ago
Since people are going to be out in the area anyway, it sounds like a good idea
Posted by Bart Whitmore, Real Estate Agent (Keller Williams- Louisville) about 11 years ago

Evelyn - Thinking outside the box is it!  Thanks

Kathleen - Thank you for the good wishes

Bart - Very true....thanks!

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago

George, how cool is that? AND whodda thunk? I think, too, that the weather is getting a bit better too. It seems people are starting to come out of the woodwork. Great idea! :-)



Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) about 11 years ago
What a great idea George!  People love yard sales. 
Posted by Michael Johnson, Metro Charleston SC (Carolina One Real Estate) about 11 years ago
The more fun you can lump together - the more people will come.
Posted by Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals (Keller Williams Realty Professionals) about 11 years ago
hmmmm i love doing open houses......but i like the combo even soon as the weather gets better I'll give it a go!
Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor about 11 years ago
I like your customized blog page George!  I have been the same with Open Houses until lately and have noticed great results if the location is good and if something else like a garage sale or neighborhood yard sale is taking place.  I hope you receive an offer from the agent who contacted you, glad to hear there was such a great turnout!
Posted by Patricia Beck, Colorado Springs Realty (RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE) about 11 years ago
George, Love your new "page" on AR! As for open houses, I think in some areas they work, and others, not so much! When I was in Nashville, I never had luck at open', in Huntsville, I've already sold 2 that I sat on, in the past 2 months...Shocked me, for sure!  I hope yours sells soon!
Posted by Elizabeth Cooper-Golden, Huntsville AL MLS (Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group)) about 11 years ago

Terri - Thank you my friend.  I hope everyone will come out and play!

Kathleen - So very true.

Liz - Good luck to you!

Patricia - Good for you and thanks for the page compliment!

Elizabeth - I'm glad you like my new blog page and have a great day!

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
George -- good for you taking a chance on a new twist on the open house.  Sounds like a great idea and I think summer may be a good time to combine open houses with something like a yard sell, or block party etc.  Let us know what develops.
Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) about 11 years ago
Joan - Thank you my friend.  I hope all is well in your world.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
I am actually planning something similar to this the first weekend in May.  I hope that it works out well for us.  We will see!
Posted by Joshua & Kathy Schmidt (ERA Henley Real Estate) about 11 years ago
Joshua & Kathy - I hope you have even more good furtune than my seller just had!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
George, I am big on Open Houses!  They've worked really well for me and are an important part of my marketing plans. Don't even need a yard sale!
Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 11 years ago
Patricia my are in the minority to have open houses work without any new added twists.  I know dozens and dozens of Realtors in my market that for the past 2-3 years have had absolutely no one go through their open houses.  The success of my client had blown away many of the Realtors I have mentioned it to and encouraging many to dust off their old open house signs and start getting creative.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago
Thanks for Sharing Great Idea
Posted by Shannon Whitley, RE/MAX OAK CREST REALTY (RE/MAX OAK CREST REALTY) almost 11 years ago
Shannon - You are welcome.  Good luck to you.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago
Great Idea, thanks for posting this.  My neighborhood is doing a yard sale in June ( that's like when it gets warm here...)  - now I just need to find a home to sell.  :)
Posted by April Hayden-Munson, Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate almost 11 years ago
April - Thanks and good luck to you!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago