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Open house sign-ins

Posted by Rona Fischman  October 4, 2012 02:00 PM

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At an open house, I expect to find a sign-in page. This sign-in page benefits the agent doing the open house. It gives him or her a way to contact potential buyers about this property, and frequently, some other property. My clients know to sign in as my client. It serves as “agent repellent,” since the listing agent (or whoever is running the open house) should not be contacting my client after the open house to sell him or her some other property.

A sign in sheet does not especially help the seller’s property security. Anyone who is coming into a house for nefarious reasons is not going to leave legitimate information.
When I go into an open house with a client, I expect to see a sign in sheet. Occasionally, there is no sheet because the agent doesn’t seem to care to collect names. But recently, I met an agent who is using his laptop for sign-ins. He had a sheet (probably in Excel) and asked people to sign in. Do you think this could become a trend? Do you think it should?

On the “no” side, I tend to think that people are reluctant to give out their email, generally. I am more reluctant on line, are you? Websites that ask too much information make me surf elsewhere. Do you react the same way? So, when I enter my email into someone else’s computer, it felt like the act was somewhere between on line and on paper. I am not sure this is going to catch on. What do you think?

As it turned out, there was nothing wrong with this house, but not enough that was right. The seller’s agent was explaining, sweetly, that “best and final” offers would be reviewed Tuesday night. Had there been no rush on, my client might have considered the property.

My client put it this way:
“It is like going on a blind date. I feel bad when I go on a blind date and nothing is wrong, but not enough is right. This house is like that. I am not interested to know more… I am certainly not ready to marry this one.” So we left.

It went under agreement in about ten days. Apparently someone found her interesting enough.

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