“Minnesota Nice Punctual”: Joining an Already-in-Progress Open House

Sort of like being late for your own funeral, I really didn’t think it was possible to be late for your own Sunday open house.

After all, you — “you” being the listing/hosting agent — have the keys.

Ahhh, but if there’s a Realtor showing that overlaps the beginning of the open house . . . the Buyer’s agent already opened the front door.**

And, while they’re elsewhere in the home with their client, early arrivers saw the open front door, and — quite naturally — went in.

Which is how I arrived to find what seemed like a house full of people the other week at an especially popular new Minnetonka listing (all the cars in front were an early tip-off).

P.S.: In my defense:  a) I was less than 5 minutes late; b) Minnesotans are famously hyper-punctual (if not early); and 3) I was delayed because I was getting electronic signatures on a Counter-Offer for said home (it received multiple offers immediately after coming on the market).

**Some Buyers’ agents take care to lock the front door while they’re doing a showing . . . some don’t.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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