Mike Tizzano, Protect Your Transaction Certified Lender (Amerifirst Financial, Inc Equal Housing Oppurtinity Lender AZ BK0013635 NMLS 145368 LO:1015837)

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Dipti Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
On a team with Praful Thakkar

Good idea.

Jul 26, 2018 10:16 PM
Ajay Pandya
e-Merge Real Estate Unlimited - Columbus, OH
Realtor Ajay Pandya

Good idea.

Mar 08, 2018 10:38 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

An agent should not consider doing an open house alone. This is an invitation for calamity. Agents who do so should understand they are demonstrating a lack of good sense and may reap the benefits of showing others this publicly.

Lenders should consider an alternative to babysitting open houses. 

Lender keep asking "How can I bring more value to the agent?"

There is opportunity here.

Mar 17, 2015 12:20 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Better than going at it alone.

Dec 21, 2019 11:14 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I like having some help with open houses.

Jun 14, 2018 05:40 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

We don't do them

Jul 21, 2017 05:48 AM
Mike Tizzano
Amerifirst Financial, Inc Equal Housing Oppurtinity Lender AZ BK0013635 NMLS 145368 LO:1015837 - Mesa, AZ
Protect Your Transaction Certified Lender

Thanks for all the answers everyone.  Literally hours after I posted this question I came across the article showing that a local realtor was groped at her open house.  Of course if someone wants to come in and shoot the place up my presence won't stop that but I'd be willing to bet if I or another person were at that open house he wouldn't have pulled what he pulled on her.

Mar 18, 2015 03:25 AM
Nicole Rivers
Classic Mortgage LLC. - West Orange, NJ

I've done this on a few occasions. It's a great way to get to know agents and develop leads. I usually bring water and sandwiches or something sweet. Great way to add value when trying to network with a new realtor. Also, I like seeing the inside layout of houses so, it's fun for me as well.

Mar 17, 2015 05:50 AM
Robert Smith
Preview Properties, PC - http://www.RealEstateMich.com - Brighton, MI
SRES, Search for Homes Brighton-Howell-SE Michigan

I like having a lender present. Usually one of us brings bottled water, the other cookies. We require everybody to sign in and we share the list for follow up calls.  There is also an agreement that we will try to work as a team with any leads generated if they have not already committed to another lender/Realtor.  Aside from the obvious safety points, it's good to have a second set of eyes and ears there, too.

Mar 16, 2015 10:04 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Mike, I have to agree. I don't do open houses very often, but I no longer will do them alone. I just have no interest in being a "sitting duck" and you just never know when you might become one.

Mar 16, 2015 08:59 PM
Mike Tizzano
Amerifirst Financial, Inc Equal Housing Oppurtinity Lender AZ BK0013635 NMLS 145368 LO:1015837 - Mesa, AZ
Protect Your Transaction Certified Lender

Case in point.


Mar 16, 2015 03:15 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I think it is a great idea to have a lender there to answer those questions, as well as being a protector.

Mar 16, 2015 02:35 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Mike Tizzano - it surely is a great idea. It's good for lenders, too.

I did one way back in 2006 with a lender.

Mar 16, 2015 01:39 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I wouldn't mind having a lender along but I think it would be a waste of their time. 

Mar 16, 2015 01:38 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I have done this. It worked out great for me, and I was glad to have her company. Open houses are very slow in my market. I haven't done one in years, because they are really a waste of time. In light of recent events, I think it's great to have another person there. 

Mar 16, 2015 01:12 PM
JoAnn Moore
The Mortgage Market of Delaware - Georgetown, DE
Home Loans in Delaware

I have co hosted some open houses with some realtors. It gives us a chance to get to know each other better. I offer to co host using some ideas from Tom Ferry.  

Mar 16, 2015 12:11 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I think it is an excellent idea to team up and gives extra credibility to the open house and might even get you a client too.

Mar 16, 2015 12:00 PM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Mike, I prefer to hold a open house with other person, a lender will be a good idea.

Mar 16, 2015 09:44 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

If a lender has the time, it could be a mutually positive outcome.

Mar 16, 2015 08:54 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

WEll, it is OK if the person there doesn't care, but for me another person is a distraction.   But, I understand the safety issue.  but two people will not stop someone if they are determined to do something.  It would be wiser to open a different listing.

Mar 16, 2015 07:18 AM
Ashley Alred
Pullman, WA

With safety concerns these days it is a little risky to be alone. I say the more the merrier! Maybe the lender will fall in love with the home and buy it....I know, I'll keep dreamin! 

Mar 16, 2015 06:42 AM
Mike Tizzano
Amerifirst Financial, Inc Equal Housing Oppurtinity Lender AZ BK0013635 NMLS 145368 LO:1015837 - Mesa, AZ
Protect Your Transaction Certified Lender

 That's what I was thinking too.  I didn't get any leads out of it but I'd still be willing to do it in the future just to help out, especially if they're uncomfortable sitting alone.  I could be like a bouncer :) Of course I'm not exactly a big dude.


Mar 16, 2015 06:38 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Like Kevin J. May stated it is a great combination, and the safety factor is important also.  

Mar 16, 2015 06:36 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

What better pairing could there possibly be Mike Tizzano . No competition just more answers for propspective customers for both of you and a huge safety factor to boot.  

Mar 16, 2015 06:25 AM