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Rainmaker
739,140
Peter Mohylsky. Beach Expert
PrimeSouth Properties - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
THE BEACH IS OPEN

I dont care if it is occupied or vacant.  Just furnished.  

Jan 15, 2017 03:50 AM
Rainmaker
791,537
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Either, but vacant is easier with less chance of anything being stolen, and don't need to deal with owners schedules or pets.

Jan 15, 2017 04:11 AM
Ambassador
4,306,997
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

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.

Jan 14, 2017 10:50 PM
Rainmaker
3,507,090
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I prefer to do no open houses... but I surely don't want to stand around in a vacant one.

Jan 15, 2017 05:12 AM
Rainmaker
3,066,356
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Neither - but - vacant would be a better choice

Jan 15, 2017 04:18 AM
Rainmaker
1,596,830
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

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.

Jan 15, 2017 04:05 AM
Rainmaker
2,888,301
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

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. 

Jan 15, 2017 08:53 AM
Rainer
352,726
Teri Pacitto
Compass - Westlake Village, CA
Real Estate, Your Style...Your Home...My Specialty

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..

Jan 15, 2017 08:15 AM
Rainmaker
577,189
Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE - Mississauga, ON
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

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.

Jan 15, 2017 07:48 AM
Rainmaker
823,160
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Occupied.

Better for napping of course. 

Jan 15, 2017 05:36 AM
Rainmaker
1,321,697
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

As long as there is a plave to put a chair and run the lap top either.

Jan 15, 2017 05:32 AM
Rainmaker
1,620,491
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

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. 

 

Jan 15, 2017 05:27 AM
Rainmaker
3,238,911
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Hi Paul.  A staged one for sure.  Otherwise vacant

Jan 15, 2017 05:16 AM
Rainmaker
5,899,395
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Vacant. Fewer security issues.

Jan 15, 2017 04:37 AM
Rainmaker
1,157,329
FN LN
Toronto, ON

It is better that the owners, tenants and other people living at the house not to be present during the open house.

Jan 15, 2017 03:10 AM
Ambassador
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Occupied - it appeals more to the buyers - it just feels like home!

Jan 14, 2017 11:22 PM
Rainmaker
58,657
Beth Bromund
Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel - Rochester, MI
REALTOR (248) 651-3500

It's interesting to see the different responses and rationales.

Feb 13, 2017 01:13 PM
Rainmaker
795,876
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

I don't prefer open houses at all, but if I did I'd prefer vacant.

Feb 11, 2017 09:49 PM
Rainmaker
1,279,428
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Vacant because I can let the visitors wander on their own.

Jan 16, 2017 09:47 AM
Rainmaker
883,176
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I like the vacant ones - then again I seldom do them anyway

Jan 16, 2017 07:25 AM
Rainmaker
584,175
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

I prefer a home that is staged, but only if it's done right.

Jan 15, 2017 08:58 PM
Ambassador
4,768,572
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Vacant is so much better.

 

Jan 15, 2017 08:25 PM
Rainmaker
3,985,581
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I don't like to do any opens.

Jan 15, 2017 07:50 PM
Ambassador
2,209,980
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

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. 

Jan 15, 2017 07:18 PM
Rainmaker
4,933,949
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

I would rather be in a furnished home, not vacant.  A

Jan 15, 2017 07:03 PM
Rainmaker
601,246
Mitchell J Hall
Compass - Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

Doesn't matter if it's vacant or occupied but I prefer a furnished home. 

Jan 15, 2017 06:22 PM
Ambassador
3,985,382
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I prefer occupied and well staged homes for open houses. It  enables the buyers to see the possiblilities.

Jan 15, 2017 06:19 PM
Rainmaker
142,596
Diana White-Pettis
Bennett Realty Solutions - Upper Marlboro, MD
GRI, CDPE, CNE, WHC Upper Marlboro Homes for Sale

Occupied as long as it's staged properly.

Jan 15, 2017 03:19 PM
Rainmaker
3,186,452
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

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

Jan 15, 2017 01:37 PM
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Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  When I did open houses, I had no preference... as long as I had a chair and a laptop.

Jan 15, 2017 12:37 PM
Rainmaker
5,398,061
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

either or....doesn't matter to us....

Jan 15, 2017 11:28 AM
Rainer
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Tom and Laura McDowell
Keller Williams - Parma, OH
Real Estate Agent serving Northeastern Ohio

Either one is great for me as long as the home is staged and showss well.

Jan 15, 2017 10:32 AM
Rainmaker
1,308,072
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I prefer it in vacant (but staged) homes.  Less chance of things getting stolen.

Jan 15, 2017 10:14 AM
Rainmaker
3,962,062
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

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.

Jan 15, 2017 10:02 AM
Rainmaker
1,484,621
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

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.

Jan 15, 2017 09:06 AM
Rainmaker
3,485,907
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

TV for back round music

Jan 15, 2017 09:01 AM
Rainmaker
4,432,941
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Furnished house.

Jan 15, 2017 08:37 AM
Ambassador
4,257,110
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I don't do very many open houses but generally prefer occupied. But I'll take a vacant ocean-view open house any day!

Jan 15, 2017 07:56 AM
Rainmaker
1,093,053
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Get home owner out of the house. Nothing worse tell interested parties without respecting the rep the realtor.

Jan 15, 2017 07:30 AM
Rainmaker
1,593,553
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

I makes no difference provided the occupied home is clean, depersonalized and deodorized

Jan 15, 2017 07:30 AM
Rainmaker
1,053,599
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

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.

Jan 15, 2017 07:14 AM
Rainmaker
864,106
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Either is fine. But I prefer vacant as there is less liability.

Jan 15, 2017 07:05 AM
Rainmaker
2,559,706
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

For top dollar & setting the mood & stage, lived in supports a buyers thinking process while an empty home allows for dreaming potentials

Jan 15, 2017 07:00 AM
Rainmaker
3,647,673
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Most homes show better when they are furnished. A few, when vacant, can arouse the possibilities!

Jan 15, 2017 06:33 AM
Ambassador
1,706,708
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I have to say neither. Maybe a builders model ome but that would be the only exception.

Jan 15, 2017 06:18 AM
Ambassador
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Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I prefer vacant homes

Jan 15, 2017 06:16 AM
Rainmaker
3,380,345
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Stopped doing these a long time ago...

Jan 15, 2017 06:14 AM
Rainmaker
4,798,831
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

No real preference, though I do prefer one with a chair and wi-fi.

Jan 15, 2017 06:13 AM
Rainmaker
563,217
Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

Vacant - that usually means immediate occupancy...

Jan 15, 2017 06:13 AM
Rainmaker
3,685,191
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

It doesn't matter as long as it is priced and presented appropriately.

Jan 15, 2017 05:45 AM
Rainmaker
1,918,026
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

No real preference

Jan 15, 2017 05:29 AM