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Open House Traffic - You Never Know What To Expect!

Early fall Open Houses here in Washington, DC can be tricky.

Today was a perfect September day, with clear blue skies and temperatures in the mid- 70's.  No humidity, either!  So, is this a perfect day for an Open house, or what? 

No!  It's a perfect day for a long bicycle ride through Rock Creek Park.  Or maybe lunch at an outside restaurant overlooking the Potomac River, either at Washington Harbor in Georgetown or maybe Old Town Alexandria. Conventional wisdom is when the weather is this fabulous, people get distracted from house hunting and reduces traffic at Opens.

It was also a day when the Washington Redskins were playing the St. Louis Rams at Fed Ex Field, and people who didn't make it to the game could enjoy it on TV.  Conventional wisdom?  A Redskins game cuts way down on Open House traffic.

Well, today conventional wisdom went down the tubes.  My Open House at 1352 Kearney St NE was a total mob scene!  I was lucky because there were several other homes open in the immediate neighborhood, and we were all in the approximate price range of mine.  There were over 50 people who came through, and there are several second showings being arranged for tomorrow! 

I'm crossing my fingers that one of them will turn into a ratified contract.  Then I'll feel great about missing a nice long bike ride in the park!


Comment balloon 26 commentsPatricia Kennedy • September 20 2009 07:13PM



That's a great day, good luck with getting an agreement.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 11 years ago

That's a fantastic turnout! We don't get that kind of traffic here (otherwise I'd do opens every weekend!) Good luck with a sale. Your seller should be very pleased with the successful turnout!

Posted by Mara Hawks, Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL (First Realty Auburn ) about 11 years ago

Lou, my fingers are crossed.  Toes, too!

And Mara, they're not always this intense.  But generally, they work well in DC.  And having a bunch in one neighborhood does help a lot.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Pat, How awesome---what a great open house turn out.  Here in NJ that is unheard of.  Good luck and hopefully a contract--thanks for sharing! Because of this post, I plan to do an open house next Sunday...

Posted by Esther (Essie) Cruz, Manalapan Marlboro, NJ Real Estate (Weichert Realtors, Buying and Selling Real Estate in Monmouth, Ocean & Middlesex Counties) about 11 years ago

This post makes me think i need to do some open houses.  Good luck getting a contract.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) about 11 years ago

Pat...I'm with Mara...we don't get that kind of traffic with Open Houses here either...even with perfect's still a least in the condo market. I think you might have luck with single family homes!

I'll keep my fingers crossed that you will have a contract under way tomorrow!!


Posted by Thom Abbott, Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale ( |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living) about 11 years ago

Esther, I've read a lot of posts about how they are a total waste of time - and that may be true for some markets.  Actually, I learned how to do them properly from Jim Weichert!  At first I thought the gaudy yellow was, well, gaudy.  But those balloons sure did get people's attention!

Stacey-Ann, yeah!  Get out there!

Thom, a lot of the condos arouund here won't let you use directional arrows, and then others make it hard to get folks upstairs!  So, yeah, I can understand how they may not work as well in a lot of condos as in houses.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Great turn out for the open house, it was a spectacular day here wasn't it?

Posted by Michael Bergin, Northern Virginia Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - ABR - SRES ) about 11 years ago

Pat the traffic yesterday on both the Hill and over in Alexandria was amazing!  Agents and buyers everywhere.  Down right scary!  

Posted by James Downing - Metro DC Houses Team REALTORS®, CRS, GRI, ABR,MRP, MilRes, When Looking to Buy or Sell - Make the Right Move (Real Living | At Home) about 11 years ago

Great job as always, Pat! Best of luck with the offer(S)! Was this the listing that was going to be the "flirt"? Looks like she did!

Posted by Bill Saunders, Realtor®, (Meyers Realty) about 11 years ago

Pat, that is great! You just never know, fall is the best time to do one here, that's for sure. I need to get on the stick, LOL.

Good luck!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 11 years ago

Pat-I had two open houses going yesterday and my listing in Alexandria had steady traffic and at the new condos in Belmont Bay we got two offers!  Guess that makes missing the great weather worthwhile.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 11 years ago

Pat - how fortunate. I had a grand total of six, one of the worst open houses I have had in a long time. BUt we had gorgeous weather, which often has an impact, so I at least had the opporutnity to stare out at the ocean for 3 hours.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) about 11 years ago

What a wonderful success story, Pat. Glad you had so many prospects despite all the competing activities.

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Pat that is great news and it sounds like you could possible get the house sold as a result of the open house. 

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) about 11 years ago

Holy cow! I can't say I've ever heard of that many people at OH.  We still do them now and then, but they are so poorly attended that most Brokers in our market do them only to satisfy sellers.  Good luck with those second showings!!

Posted by Carol Clay, Broker/REALTOR, Brevard NC Real Estate Specialist (Looking Glass Realty) about 11 years ago

Pat, that is fabulous!!  And with the game on, who would have expected such a crowd.  Best of luck with the prospects!



Very inspirational! It's great to have such a high return on your investment of time and effort!

Posted by Janna Scharf, Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene) about 11 years ago

Congrats Pat - I think open houses are still very useful! I sold my condo last week before I got to do an open house! Sigh!

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC (Keller Williams Capital Properties) about 11 years ago

Pat: What on earth did you do to have that many people to attend an open house. We do good to have 5 or 6 and sometime none.

Posted by Sandy Childs, Realtor - Spartanburg, SC (Keller Williams Realty) about 11 years ago

Good Job!  I'm glad you experienced success with your Open Houses.  You know a lot of us have moved away from doing Open Houses but there is a lot of business out there to be had.  Some times you get good traffic, some times not so much.  Either way, you are being pro-Active at a time when it really matters.  Believe me, the sellers in the area you did the open house noticed you were working too!  Thank you for the post.  Makes me want to go out and do an Open house!

Posted by Ben de Anda (RE/MAX Cross Country) about 11 years ago

That is outstanding!! Keep us all encouraged and let us know if any of those second showings turned into an offer - that would even be better. On the average we generally get 3-6 potential customers come through an open house - but we always do them (It only takes one buyer!!) Good Luck on your listing!!

Posted by Dina Caffrey (Coach Realtors) about 11 years ago

Great turnout, you may need to set up your open houses based on the Redskins schedule :-)

Posted by Al Wright, Have your inspections performed the Wright Way (Affordable Canadian Home Inspections) almost 11 years ago

I noticed this belatedly today probably because of a recent post about how we all need to stand together in not doing open houses.  Revolting Realtors... revolting against open houses.

I wrote a post to consumers about Revolting Realtors and got nasty comments from some AR members about holding open houses being old fashioned, backward...  I wish we had opens all the time with 50 people.  I had one recently (December) where I probably had that many but they were mostly neighbors.  The buyers who wrote an offer on it the day before or maybe earlier that day came through twice. 

If others want to revolt against open houses, that's OK!

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) almost 11 years ago

Ah, Maureen!  You just inspeired a new post!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 11 years ago


You just gotta do it and hope for the best!  Sometimes it just works out really well!!

Posted by Wendy Rich-Soto, Realtor/Broker Associate, Getting you to your next with a zero failure rate! (Keller Williams Realty, LA Harbor) almost 11 years ago