Annapolis, Maryland – Even in this day and age of marketing your home on the Internet, there is occasionally some value remaining in holding a basic open house, but often not in the traditional manner you may think. There are many ways to make your open house a success, but first and foremost, let’s talk about some of the different types of open house events available in Annapolis.
First, you have the traditional open house, where, regardless of when a home came on the market, you announce that on a particular day, it will be “open” for tours without an appointment, during a particular time period.
Next, is what I call a “pseudo-open-house.” In this type, it is merely a virtual open house, meaning that it is available for agents to show to their Buyers, without a predefined appointment, during a particular time frame, but all Buyers need to make an appointment through their agent.
Lastly, is a Brokers open house, usually held on a weekday. For this, agents are invited to preview the property during a time frame, occasionally with the listing agent providing a luncheon, and without Buyers coming along.
Regardless of which type we do, I need to work hard, as your agent, to get the news of your open house out ahead of time. I have a host of different means for doing this, from inter-office emails, to social media, direct mail, and even the age-old method of getting on the phone and calling people to invite them personally.
Of course the most important aspect of your Open House lies in properly preparing the home, as this is an opportunity to make a first impression on prospective buyers. They may be indifferent to the properties they are viewing based on the online description, so take this opportunity to show them why they will love your home!
Some feel that by getting some immediate feedback from a wide array of Buyers and Agents, we will come up with a few ways to improve your listing, and make it more saleable. With many agents, that is most certainly the case. Personally, I feel that after having been through this process as many times as I have, I have a really great eye towards home staging and preparation – enough so that by the time that first Buyer crosses the threshold, we’ve already taken care of anything that they could have commented on.
Of course, I do tend to learn something new from time to time, and that’s why when it comes to the sale of your Annapolis home, we can’t leave a single stone unturned.
With a broad background and strong record of success, Carlyn brings extraordinary skills and talents to her real estate clients in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. Having owned rental properties, Carlyn has the skills and experience to help her clients build and manage their own profitable and secure rental portfolios, and cash them out when the time is right.
Carlyn comes from a tradition of service, is ready to serve, and she especially enjoys working with current and prior service members. Having spent over ten years building software companies, Carlyn enjoys working with successful business people, entrepreneurs, and the self-employed. She uses her high-tech expertise and financial knowledge to sell their houses effectively and for a higher price, and to find them the homes they want, while saving them time and money.
She has been awarded the prestigious Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Designation by the Council of Residential Specialists, the largest not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors®. Carlyn has earned lifetime membership in the Distinguished Sales Achievement Club, membership in The Masters Club, and designation as a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist and Million Dollar Guild Member. For inquiries you can contact her direct at 443-569-3977 or by email at Carlyn@LoweryHomeTeam.com