Open Houses

Open House Blitz in Anchorage

Open house this Sunday, June 5th from 2pm to 4pm.  Come see some of the most sought after properties in Anchorage. This particular home features all hardwood floors with a beautiful shaded yard. Click on our listings to find a place to call home.

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Effective Open Houses

Written by: Krysi Simon, office assistant, Julie Pogue Properties

 

Have you ever wondered whether the cost/benefit of an open house makes it worth your time and effort? Or the time and effort of your sellers?  Following a few strategic tips can help you to make the most of your open houses, both for you, as the agent, and your client, as the homeowner.

 

Tip #1: Capitalize on Your Only Chance at a First Impression

Use face-to-face time with buyers to be memorable.  Ask them questions.  Learn about their families, their likes, their dislikes. Make the time with them in the home conversational and convey your interest in meeting their home needs and desires.

 

Tip #2: Guests, not Customers

Notice that I used the term  “guests?” That’s just what visitors to an open house are and just how they should be treated.  As an alternative to treating them as “customers” that wander the house looking for you, greet them at the door.  Engage them and make them feel welcome.  Provide them with a tidbit of information that entices them to see more than the entryway.

 

Tip #3: Use Teasers

Find a centrally located area to attractively display brochures, school information, neighborhood details, etc.  These items should be in large, bold print and allow for easily processed information.  Additionally, they should not provide the buyer with every piece of information about the property but should invite them to want to know more.

 

Tip #4: Don’t be a Pest

Approach visitors in a way that allows them to see you as a resource but does not make them feel as if they are running from you.   Be aware of visitors, where they are and how long they’ve been in the home but making guests feel as if they are being “followed” will result in them rushing through the property and likely bypassing many of the home’s features.

 

Tip #5: Put the House’s Best Foot Forward

In order to make guests feel at home in the house, make it inviting, friendly and clean.  Both the interior and exterior of the home should appear welcoming and allow the buyer to envision themselves and their family in the home.  Use visual markers to point out features of the home that they may easily pass by since you will not be escorting them step-by-step.

 

Tip #6: Schedule Strategically

Open houses are most effectively utilized in areas that are easily accessible.  Also take into account neighborhood/community activities that may either bolster or hinder the number of visitors you receive.  For example, choosing to hold an open house on the weekend of a neighborhood yard sale may increase the amount of viewers while one held on the day of the Kentucky Derby will most likely not result in many guests.

 

Tip #7: Who Doesn’t Like Food & Drinks??

After a long day of house hunting, many guests will be welcomed by an offer of refreshment.  Items should be simple.  Small hor dourves and beverages that appeal to a broad range of palates will be most effective. Place these in a location that is approximately 1/3 of their way around the home and, while the refreshments should remain within view, avoid making them feel forced.  If the atmosphere of the home and community allow, a few choices of wines can also make open house visitors feel like guests in a home.  Below are a few reasonably priced, widely-palatable recommendations:

 

WHITE WINES

Chardonnay

Kendall Jackson

Bonterra

MacMurray Ranch

Edna Valley

Benziger

Frei Brothers

Laguna

 

Sauvignon Blanc

Kendall Jackson

Bonterra

Edna Valley

Benziger

Whitehaven

Frei Brothers

 

Riesling

Kendall Jackson

 

Pinot Gris

MacMurray Ranch

King Estate (Acrobat)

 

 

RED WINES

Cabernet

Louis Martini

Kendall Jackson

Frei Brothers

Benziger

Bonterra

 

Merlot

Kendall Jackson

Frei Brothers

Benziger

Bonterra

 

Zinfandel

Kendall Jackson

Frei Brothers

Bonterra

 

Pinot Noir

Kendall Jackson

Frei Brothers

MacMurray Ranch

Bonterra

 

Blend

Apothic

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Securing Prescription Drugs

Securing Prescription Drugs During Open Houses

PillBottleSecuring prescription drugs during open houses is a precaution all REALTORS® need to remind sellers to prioritize during the selling process since they will be inviting the general public into their home to view it. There is big money to be made in the sale of certain prescription drugs, and open houses are among the easiest ways for individuals to acquire them.

REALTORS® can help the fight toprevent prescription drug abuse. On a daily basis, misused prescription drugs kill more than 40 Americans, and 2,500 young people abuse a prescription drug for the first time, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, an ABC News report noted that criminal prescription drug cases have risen nearly 85 percent in San Diego County alone over the past five years.

One reason Drug thieves target open houses is because homeowners don’t consider their prescriptions to be items of discernible value. However, when you consider the street value of some prescription drugs can total into the thousands of dollars, it is no wonder why someone would want to steal them.

The ease of taking prescription drugs from an open house is the main reason homes are targeted. Consider the instance where an individual asks to use a bathroom during an open house. This affords an opportunity to lock the door and quickly search for prescription drugs in the most likely place they will be located. Once found, thieves can easily place dozens of pills into their pocket and return the empty container exactly as they found it. Usually no one will notice the pills are missing until the thief is long gone.

The real estate industry is taking significant measures to prevent prescription drug thefts during open houses. In particular, the Greater Association of San Diego REALTORS® has joined forces with drug rehabilitation and law enforcement officials to curb the problem. Together, these organizations have formed the Safe Homes Coalition to warn others about prescription drug thefts occurring in open houses and urge homeowners to secure and dispose of their prescriptions drugs properly. The coalition is even distributing 12,000 sealable bags for REALTORS® to secure containers during open houses. Likewise, Representative Randy Hultgren (IL) has been strongly urging residents of Illinois’ 14thCongressional District to participate in efforts to prevent prescription drug theft and abuse. Most recently Hultgren urged constituents to participate in the nationwide drug “take-back” day on April 26, 2014.

A recent REALTOR Magazine article, “Keeping Clients’ Cabinets Safe,” reported on another protective measure real estate brokers can take, called MedSafe,...

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