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“What happened to open houses?” in Macomb County MI

November 4th, 2013 · No Comments · Buyers agency, macomb county mi real estate market, Searching homes for sale in Macomb County

A buyer client asked a question the other day that got me to thinking…“What happened to open houses in the county?  Are they illegal now?”.

No, open houses are still very much legal.  The reasons you are not seeing them as predominately as in years past are:

Safety:   Think about it:  A real estate agent is advertising with the open house sign that they are alone in a home.  Many of us are taking greater caution now with how we conduct our business.  We’re not setting ourselves up to be robbed, or worse.

Supply and Demand:   There really isn’t a need for an open house anymore.  If a home in Macomb County is priced well and nicely maintained, it sells quickly – in a matter of days on the market and often with multiple offers.   If a home hits the market on a Monday or a Tuesday, quite often it is sold before the weekend.

Liability:   A homeowner places their trust in us, their agents.   When a home is held “open” for anyone who chooses to walk through it, you never know if someone is merely “casing” the home to come back at another time and steal valuables.

The open house signs that I’m seeing lately are mainly FSBO’s (for sale by owners).   I always hope they are taking safety precautions,  hiding and /or locking up their valuables, and having 2 people in the home at all times.  (Don’t be there alone with your door wide open and a smile on your face.)

Kris Wales – a partner for your real estate needs in Macomb County MI
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