Kyle Stoner
Kyle Stoner
Unreal Estate Open House Sign
Kyle Stoner
Kyle Stoner

    Tips and Strategies for a Successful Open House

    An open house can showcase your property to potential buyers and increase exposure. It's a convenient way for interested buyers to view your property, and can attract new clients for real estate agents. However, it's important to note that most visitors are not active buyers, and homes rarely sell at open houses. To attract qualified buyers, it's more effective to list your property on MLS and syndicate it across major real estate websites.

    What to Expect at an Open House

    During an open house, you can tour the property at your leisure without an appointment, and the seller or agent will be there to answer your questions. You may also receive marketing materials with more information about the property. Keep in mind that open houses can be busy and crowded, with many visitors coming and going.

    Real estate agents promote open houses through various channels like their website, email marketing, and social media. They also host a "broker's open house" to invite other agents to preview the property, potentially bringing in more clients. To learn more about these real estate professionals, read What Does a Real Estate Broker Do? Properties can be listed on the MLS database, providing access to a wide range of agents and potential buyers actively searching for properties in the area.

    The Benefits of an Open House

    If you’re a real estate agent, you know how important it is to get your listings in front of the right people. And while there are plenty of ways to do this—from traditional print ads to digital marketing efforts—few methods are as effective as hosting an open house.

    But, as any agent who’s hosted one will attest, open houses can be a lot of work. From preparation and promotion to making sure things go smoothly when the day finally comes, all the time, effort, and money spent on an open house can sometimes be enough to scare agents away from doing them altogether.

    Luckily, there are some steps you can take to ensure your event has the biggest impact possible. Use these five promotional methods to make sure your open house is well-attended and more likely to lead to a sale: Put out plenty of signage, create a targeted ad on Facebook, geotag your listing on Instagram, post a virtual open house teaser, and door knocking.

    How to Prepare for an Open House

    Choose the Date and Time

    To prepare for an open house, first choose a date and time that is convenient for potential buyers. Your best bet is to pick a day and time that’s convenient for potential buyers, such as a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. You want to pick a time when buyers will have the most free time to come and see your property. Be mindful that the day and time you choose can impact attendance. Give yourself plenty of time to prepare and inform your real estate agent in advance to promote your listing to the right people.

    Clean and Stage the Home

    After choosing a date and time for your open house, it's time to focus on preparing the home. Cleaning and staging the home are essential steps for presenting the property in the best possible light. A thorough cleaning, including dusting, vacuuming, mopping, and deep cleaning, will make the property more presentable to potential buyers. Staging the home involves arranging the furniture in a visually pleasing way and highlighting the best features of the property. Adding fresh flowers and scented candles can create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Taking care of these details in advance will help make your home look its best and create a positive impression on potential buyers. To learn more about how to help potential buyers imagine themselves living in the home, read Staging a Property for a Quick and Profitable Sale.

    Create an Open House Sign

    When preparing for an open house, create a sign that includes the property's address, date, time, and special features. Make sure the sign is visible and placed in a location that can be easily seen from the street. Flyers are also essential and should include all the information about the open house and special features of the property. A picture of the home and other pertinent information can also be included. Lastly, handouts with a detailed description of the property's features and any repairs or improvements done to the home should be available for potential buyers.

    Advertise the Open House

    After choosing a date and preparing the home, it's time to advertise the open house. Promote the event on social media with photos and highlights of the property, and share a link to the listing. Listing the open house on real estate websites like Zillow and will help reach a wider audience. Lastly, leverage your personal network and industry contacts to spread the word and increase the chances of finding a buyer. We've condensed a list of open house marketing strategies below.

    • Print Advertising: use newspaper ads, local magazines, flyers, and postcards to reach a wide audience, and include all essential information, a call to action, and your contact information.

    • Social Media Advertising: target potential buyers through social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, and highlight special features or attention-grabbing visuals of the property.

    • Online Advertising: create targeted ads on platforms such as Google, Yelp, and Bing, and a compelling call-to-action that encourages potential buyers to contact you directly with questions or to set up a private showing.

    • Email Marketing: reach out to and follow up with potential buyers who have expressed interest in your property but not yet attended your open house.

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    Tips for a Successful Open House

    Sellers Get Lost

    It is generally not recommended for a seller to be present during an open house. This is because their presence can make potential buyers feel uncomfortable and inhibit their ability to look around and envision themselves living in the space. Buyers may also feel pressured to make polite conversation or give positive feedback, which can make it difficult for them to express their true thoughts and feelings about the property.

    Furthermore, having a real estate agent present instead of the seller can provide a more objective perspective and allow for more productive conversations with potential buyers. Agents can answer questions about the property and the buying process, provide valuable insights into the local market, and handle any negotiations that may arise. Overall, having a professional real estate agent present can help ensure that the open house runs smoothly and increase the chances of a successful sale.

    Guidance for Real Estate Agents During an Open House

    As a real estate agent, it's essential to have a trusted representative present during the open house to answer potential buyers' questions and build trust with them. If you can't attend, make sure to find a knowledgeable replacement who knows the inside and out of the property.

    To ensure a successful open house, create a detailed plan and outline all the necessary tasks. This will keep you organized and on top of things, making sure the open house runs smoothly. When potential buyers arrive, greet them warmly and offer your assistance to make them feel welcome. Have a list of the key features of the property ready to point out and a list of questions to ask potential buyers to understand their needs better.

    Providing refreshments like fruit, crackers, cheese, tea, or coffee will help make potential buyers feel at home and comfortable during their visit. You can also use refreshments as an opportunity to start a conversation and get to know the buyers better.

    After the open house, follow up with potential buyers via email or phone to thank them for attending and see if they have any questions or feedback. Sending a handwritten thank you card is also a great way to make a lasting impression and show appreciation for their interest in the property. If you haven't heard from potential buyers, it's a good idea to follow up with them again to show your continued interest in helping them and make a good impression.

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    Measuring the Success of an Open House

    Tracking Visitors

    To measure the success of an open house, tracking visitors is essential. You can have a sign-in sheet at the door or use QR codes to collect visitor information. Digital platforms like Google Analytics can also be used to track website visitors. This information helps to follow up with visitors and create targeted ads.

    Collecting Contact Information

    Collecting contact information from visitors is important to follow up with them and promote the property. You can collect contact information through sign-in sheets, QR codes, and digital marketing tools like online forms and social media campaigns. This helps to build an email list and send out promotional materials.

    Evaluating Feedback

    Gathering feedback from visitors is an excellent way to measure the success of an open house. Survey stations or digital marketing tools like email surveys, online forms, and social media campaigns can be used to gather feedback. This information helps to make improvements to future open houses and optimize digital marketing efforts.


    In conclusion, hosting an open house is an effective way to showcase a property to potential buyers and increase exposure. However, it's important to recognize that most visitors are not active buyers and homes rarely sell at open houses. It's more effective to list the property on MLS and syndicate it across major real estate websites. Not sure about the MLS or what it does? Check out What is the Multiple Listing Service? To have a successful open house, choose a convenient date and time, clean and stage the home, create an open house sign, advertise the event on various platforms, and ensure that the seller is not present during the open house.

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