Thanks to TV reality shows, some sellers may well be daunted by new takes on open houses.
That needn’t be the case.
The first thing that sellers must keep in mind is that they must not be present at an open house.
Not only does their presence tend to intimidate buyers into keeping closet doors shut, it also tends to cause mouths to shut as well. Buyers at open houses don’t get to think out loud with a seller in their orbit, notes San Francisco broker Tara-Nicholle Nelson in one of her characteristically good posts on Trulia’s site.
Other of her tips include the following:
- Don’t attend and pretend to be a buyer yourself;
- Don’t create over-the-top temptations that cause distractions — for example, an artist drawing caricatures;
- Pay attention to seasonal preferences such as outdoor space;
- Make it easy for buyers to see the property;
- Be sure to welcome neighbors to the event.
While much of what Nelson has to say boarders on the conventional, it never hurts to be reminded of basic things to do and avoid when it comes to getting a residence sold quickly at a fair price.
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Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker
Charles Rutenberg Realty
127 E. 56th Street
New York, NY 10022