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I dont care if it is occupied or vacant. Just furnished.
Mitchell J Hall
Ryan Huggins - Thousan...
Thousand Oaks, CA
Either, but vacant is easier with less chance of anything being stolen, and don't need to deal with owners schedules or pets.
Mitchell J Hall
Paul S. Henderson, RE...
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington - I personally do not like open houses. If I have to, it's better if the home is occupied.
Westlake Village, CA
I prefer to do no open houses... but I surely don't want to stand around in a vacant one.
Neither - but - vacant would be a better choice
I'd prefer to do one when it's furnished, whether it's vacant or not. Vacant houses don't feel homey, and buyers may have difficulty envisioning living there.
Neither. However I do what duty calls me to do. If a seller of an occupied home or a vacant home wants an open house ... then I will do an open house.
I don't do many open houses but if I do furnished is best but if not furnished it should be in tip top condition.
My idea of an open house is to present the newly listed property to the public or agents and it should be in top show condition. A furnished home that's ready for sale or one that is vacant and in top condition shows better. My goal is to present the home in its best light and often vacant homes don't do that. Especially if agents set up temporary lawn chairs or folding table and sit and wait to see what will happen.
A home that's not ready for showing either furnished or vacant serves no great purpose other than a lot of questions that usually move to the negative too quickly.
Staged and ready to sell is best..
I would definitely prefer to do one in a home that is furnished. Not all Buyers can envision furniture placement and I think it helps them judge the size of the room visually better when it is furnished... especially in the bedroms. Now they can see if their sofa, or king sized bed will fit the room.
Better for napping of course.
As long as there is a plave to put a chair and run the lap top either.
Both are sometimes not good. Vacant - no wi-fi or place to sit. Bring camping chairs. No clutter that's for sure!
Obviously, sometimes too much stuff.
Hi Paul. A staged one for sure. Otherwise vacant
Paul S. Henderson, RE...
Vacant. Fewer security issues.
It is better that the owners, tenants and other people living at the house not to be present during the open house.
Occupied - it appeals more to the buyers - it just feels like home!
It's interesting to see the different responses and rationales.
I don't prefer open houses at all, but if I did I'd prefer vacant.
Vacant because I can let the visitors wander on their own.
I like the vacant ones - then again I seldom do them anyway
I prefer a home that is staged, but only if it's done right.
Vacant is so much better.
I don't like to do any opens.
I didn't mind either way as long as the sellers weren't around to get in the way.
Of course you probably know I haven't done an open house in about nine years. They just don't work in my market. It's a waste of time.
I would rather be in a furnished home, not vacant. A
Doesn't matter if it's vacant or occupied but I prefer a furnished home.
I prefer occupied and well staged homes for open houses. It enables the buyers to see the possiblilities.
Occupied as long as it's staged properly.
Vacant home fo rease of doing it, but occupied for a place to sit some times. In vacant homes i do bring my chair and a small table though
When I did open houses, I had no preference... as long as I had a chair and a laptop.
either or....doesn't matter to us....
Either one is great for me as long as the home is staged and showss well.
I prefer it in vacant (but staged) homes. Less chance of things getting stolen.
I prefer a house that is occupied and a house that is vacant but staged. My open houses are always very busy and is a great chance for my marketing materials to be seen. I have prospective sellers come in all the time to meet me and see how I work and we set appointments for me to see their home.
I never liked to do any of them because it took me away from my family on Sunday afternoon. If I had to choose a preference, it would be an occupied or staged home over vacant.
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I don't do very many open houses but generally prefer occupied. But I'll take a vacant ocean-view open house any day!
Get home owner out of the house. Nothing worse tell interested parties without respecting the rep the realtor.
I makes no difference provided the occupied home is clean, depersonalized and deodorized
Vacant for less liability when I did them.
My experience; Opens are 99% a waste of time 1% ROI if you have a live-lead conversion plan which, most agents don't for opens.
I'd be the first to go back to doing them if someone created a sure fire open house conversion system, but the results are just too random and infrequent when you divide them into the time spent on each open, which is 6-8 hours from shopping to setup to execution to cleanup.
Either is fine. But I prefer vacant as there is less liability.
For top dollar & setting the mood & stage, lived in supports a buyers thinking process while an empty home allows for dreaming potentials
Most homes show better when they are furnished. A few, when vacant, can arouse the possibilities!
I have to say neither. Maybe a builders model ome but that would be the only exception.
I prefer vacant homes
Stopped doing these a long time ago...
No real preference, though I do prefer one with a chair and wi-fi.
Vacant - that usually means immediate occupancy...
It doesn't matter as long as it is priced and presented appropriately.
No real preference