Some believe that open houses are becoming obsolete as more buyers are browsing real estate listings online. However, it is unlikely that anyone is going to buy a West Vancouver home without seeing it “in the flesh” beforehand. It’s like Internet dating: what looks good online doesn’t always feel right in real life! An open house will generate the most live exposure for your West Vancouver home in the shortest amount of time. It’s also the perfect opportunity to showcase the surrounding neighbourhood and a good location is a huge selling feature. A skilled and knowledgeable West Vancouver  real estate agent will be able to highlight local amenities, schools, parks and more. MLS listings simply can’t compare.
That being said, the question remains: do you need an open house to promote the sale of your West Vancouver home? The best person to answer that question is your real estate agent. More importantly, consider your own preferences. Not everyone is keen on the idea of opening their home to complete strangers. The primary goal of the open house is to attract motivated buyers, but it can also attract a number of looky-loos, nosy neighbours and other less savoury types. So how can you weed out the committed from the curious? An alternative is to schedule private appointments for truly qualified buyers. This is also a better option if you are overly concerned about the safety and security of your home and belongings.
Professional photography and video tours simply can’t capture the inherent style and feel needed to generate an offer from a buyer.
As soon as you put your West Vancouver home on the market, your house is going to be open for public viewing. A successful home showing relies entirely on first impressions, curb appeal and correct pricing. Make sure your property is market-ready by doing your own home staging or hiring a professional. Don’t forget advertising! An open house without plenty of advanced advertising it is an empty house.