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This Old House - Do-it-Yourself

Open House, By The Numbers

Written by Mark K. Hicks Posted On Friday, 01 November 2013 11:11

Having an open house? In an infographic produced by Andrea Osmun, Mortgage Capital offers a five, circular step approach to having a successful open house without the headaches.

1. Lure'em in

You know the drill. Well manicured landscaping and clutter free walk ways is your home's first impression. Good curb appeal is what induces visitors to cross the threshold and see the whole show.

2. Tell the world

What if you gave an open house and no one came? You didn't spread the word. Your real estate agent should do the heavy lifting, but that doesn't stop you from advertising on popular listing sites.

3. Roll out the red carpet

Put out a pitcher of iced tea, lemonade or bottles of cold water. Hors d'oeuvres, petit fours, cookies (and their fresh baked aroma) also say "welcome" Open blinds and windows and turn on all the lights to showcase your home.

4. Go 'poof!'

Get outta there! Homebuyers are uncomfortable with you, the owner, around. Take pets and their food and litter boxes with you.

4. Send thanks

Follow up. Use an open house sign-in form (name, address, phone or email) to send notes of thanks soon after the open house.

Mouse over the click the infographic below to get the details on open house tips from Mortgage Capital Associates.

A DeadlineNews.Com Silicon Valley Contributing Writer, with a penchant for the quick, story-telling capability of infographics, Mark K. Hicks is broker/owner of The Seabrooke Group in San Jose, CA. Hicks, who takes a "client for life" approach to business, has more than 20 years real estate experience, including creative financing, foreclosure acquisition, probate sales and tax-deferred exchanges. Network with Hicks on LinkedIn.
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