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Planning for a Successful Open House

by Harriet "Ronnie" Ellis 11/03/2019

An open house is a great way to showcase your home for sale to potential buyers. A successful open house is one that helps you to bring several concrete offers for your house for sale. Below are some guidelines to help you successfully plan your next open house event;

Time Your Event Right: The time for your open house event should not be unrealistic. Set a time that you can keep up with, and that is also convenient for people to come. Weekends are the best times for open houses or evenings on a weekday. Look at the weather forecast for that day and make sure poor weather will not disrupt your open house event. 

Set a Budget: Have a realistic budget for your open house. Are you considering showcasing a fully staged home, or an empty house? What refreshments are you providing for guests? Have some money ready as a precaution in case something entirely out of the blue occurs that you have to handle. 

Clear away clutter: You may choose to stage your home to look as naturally lived in as possible. However, you should also get rid of all the clutter around the house. Setting a house up typically helps to make the potential buyers feel comfortable so you should make it as convenient and organized as possible.

Get Professional Help: There's no doubt that there's got to be food, beverages, and entertainment. Instead of insisting on cooking yourself, you can order the food to be delivered before your guests arrive.

Get the word out! You may need to send many invites in the form of cards, emails and even set reminders via social media. You can also invite neighbors and friends through Facebook and other social media channels.

Plan for Safety: Most open house events last for two hours or so. Ensuring the utmost safety during an open house is very important since a lot of people, including strangers, would be in attendance. This may involve taking a look at your insurance policy to see what it covers, keeping valuables out of reach, and informing your neighbors about your event. You can have an assistant at the open house to help you stay with people as they move around the home. 

Ready to get started? Speak to a real estate agent about planning a successful open house today.

About the Author
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Harriet "Ronnie" Ellis

In the Spirit of the Seabees

Born and raised on the Pacific island of Guam, daughter of a Navy Chief who served there in the Seabees during WWII, Ronnie learned and lived the Seabee motto "Can Do" from an early age. The Seabees are the construction battalion of the Navy, rebuilding roads, bridges, utility systems and barracks. Falling in love with the island (and Ronnie's mother), her father returned to the South Pacific after the war to help in the rebuilding. Watching his multi-national successes and generous, outgoing attitude, Ronnie says, played a key role in making her the authentic person she is today.

After excelling at Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Accounting, she immediately started following in her dad's international business and real estate footsteps, albeit in princess flats. Ronnie breathes real estate with fierce loyalty to her customers and colleagues. She imbues her professional commitments with an affable, affiliative "Ronnie" humor; a natural resource that attracts friends and allies. Ask to describe her business self in three words, she chose: Innovative, Creative and Collaborative. Coupled with her accounting background she is strongly analytical, allowing her natural flow of precision and productivity to benefit those she represents. Those who know her say that Ronnie pursues all aspects of business with joy, confidence and integrity.
"I've been a real estate professional for more decades than a lady might care to admit," she says with her biggest smile. "But now my path from general brokerage sales agent to broker in New York, my experiences as a North Carolina broker, custom home builder and real estate developer, give me daily insights into both the opportunities and land mines of the property marketplace."

As a licensed general contractor, new home construction became her specialty. She's built neighborhoods and won prestigious Parade of Homes awards. Both Ronnie and her husband, Edward, have earned the National Association of Home Builders highest sales designations: Member of the Institute of Residential Marketing (MIRM) and Certified Marketing Professional (CMP). An active and avid member of the National Association of Realtors, she was president of her local Board of Realtors in Havelock, N.C. She also supported the Rotary Club serving as newsletter editor, and she's a Chamber of Commerce member as well.

A visit to Melbourne, Florida in late 2010, convinced the Ellises that this should be their retirement home. With the move behind them and a mini-retirement under her belt, Ronnie decided she missed the day-to-day action of real estate. "The industry is challenging and changing constantly," she says. "I absolutely love it. That, and building relationships, working with customers and clients in all aspects. I stay excited and prepared to be a part of their journey."
Her final thoughts: "There are many people out there that I know I can assist especially with the backing I get from Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate. Coldwell Banker keeps me upfront with the tools and marketing to meet all my customer's needs. And I've never been afraid of competition. Like Dad taught me: "Can Do."