Open house marketing seems to be a foregone event in real estate. I don’t know why agents act like there have not been any recent changes in marketing. I still see the biggest thing in open houses is putting out lots of signs with balloons-we need to take this marketing to the next level. Traditional open house marketing strategies are events that begin the day of. More thought has to be put into planning ahead. Today’s buyers begin their search on their own, and where are they searching? The are searching online! When they see a house online they like, they are immediately looking for an access point to see that house, they aren’t waiting to see an open house sign on the weekend. If you don’t have the open house information online with the listing, you are missing up to 90% of your potential traffic.
I still feel the open house signs with balloons are good. The signs are helpful for the run of the mill traffic and the online shoppers to find you. Fresh flowers, water bottles and cookies at an open house are also great, but they are the icing on the cake, not the meats and potatoes of the open house marketing. Open houses need to be marketed on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday online. You need to see your house on every website, meaning: Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, Homes.com, Redfin and on all broker sites.