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!