Open Houses – What is the Most Common Question?


What is the most common open house question
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I do a lot of open houses – usually 2-3 a week. That adds up to 8-12 a month and almost 150 a year! I get a lot of questions from people that visit the houses I am holding open – no “bad” questions, but definitely some better than others. So I was thinking the other day, what is the most common question asked at an open house?

At first thought, you might think something like “What is the price?” or “How many square feet are there in this home?” I do get those questions often, but many times people come in to an open house already knowing a lot of information about an open house from what is posted online or what I have shared in social media leading up to my open house (Follow me on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube!)

I do get plenty of weird questions about a home but I am fine answering anything coming from a curious buyer (do YOU know someone looking to make a move? Introduce us!). All that being said, what is the most common question I get from visitors at my open houses???

Why are the sellers moving?

If you think about it, this is actually a really good question! This is information that probably only the agent knows – you can’t find it on the MLS, Zillow or in a flyer. It is also information that can be super helpful. The reasons the seller is moving is moving might be the same reasons that the home wouldn’t be a good fit for you but you haven’t considered yet. Also, maybe the home is a great fit for your needs, but knowing the answer to that question can give you extra insight into the house, neighbors or neighborhood!

The perfect follow up question to this is, What is the BEST question to ask an agent at an open house? I’ll be answering that in my next blog post so check back soon or, even better, FOLLOW my blog so you are notified when that next post comes!

If you have any questions about real estate or are thinking of buying a home, drop me a note or call me and I’d be happy to help!

By Kyle PfaffeREALTOR® e:

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Kyle Pfaffe, REALTOR®      e:      m: 512-636-9707      w:

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Kohen at Phil’s Ice House

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We finished the night off with some Amy’s Ice Cream, which shares the building with Phil’s. Amy’s is an Austin institution that always has fresh, creative, made-to order ice-cream/topping combinations. We had a really good time and the threat of “wolves in the bushes by the playgound” was the only thing we could do to pry our kids from the slides! Phil’s Ice House & Amy’s Ice Cream is one of the best places to eat and spend time with friends in the Crestview, Brentwood & Allandale areass and we look forward to going back.