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Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

In our area, refreshments are not usually offered at open houses. However, one of my friends always bakes brownies to serve to guests in the kitchen. She has effectively used this as a means of building relationships.

Apr 24, 2015 11:08 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

It's been 10 years since I've held an open house.  When I did I served water. 

Apr 25, 2015 12:00 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

When I did open houses, I would serve bottled water and coffee. I don't know if the public expected it, but I like having it there. It made me feel more like a hostess than a real estate broker trying to sell a house. 

Apr 24, 2015 12:05 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

It depends.

Bottled water is nice and always welcome.

There will always be people who "expect" certain things.   

Apr 24, 2015 06:34 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I don't Debbie, I get down to business and that is it.

Apr 24, 2015 03:03 PM
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Debbie - As Praful Thakkar mentioned, the ice cream truck is something I enjoy.  It is not expected though much enjoyed.

Apr 24, 2015 03:02 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Debbie Reynolds I had fresh baked cookies for couple of open houses. People do not come for cookies for sure.

However, I learned something new from Christine Donovan 's post of ICE CREAM open house! And that sounds a great idea! I may implement it - if I get a listing in a community.

Apr 24, 2015 01:10 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

With a great listing last summer that featured an Aga stove, I baked chocolate chip cookies - to highlight the stove - I don't think anyone expects it. 

Apr 24, 2015 12:53 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

cut all those cookies and candies.. the wrappers and ants are the issues we had to deal with....

I hand out recipes with my photos and RE info,  They hang on to my postcards longer ....,

Apr 24, 2015 11:29 AM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Debbie, we serve food at our broker open houses but not the public ones.  We found too many parents were not responsible as they allowed their children to bolt off with the food and drink to other parts of the house.

Apr 24, 2015 10:19 PM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

About ten years ago, it was not unusual to offer all sorts of food items during open houses.  I think the food was the only reason some people went.  The only time I offer food now is for broker opens.

Apr 24, 2015 10:17 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I do not think consumers care about refreshments. 

Apr 24, 2015 09:05 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Debbie. I can only relate to your question for homes that we flip, we offer small bottles of water and some sweets, but not much more. We have done the big splash, that didn't sell the property any quicker.

Make it a great weekend!

Apr 24, 2015 08:50 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

We usuall make home made cookies, but I don't think they expect it.  We also have coffee and bottles water. It's surprising the number of people that refuse them.

Apr 24, 2015 02:54 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I did but the agents in my office were getting to fat from all the left-overs so I hand out scratch lotto tickets now, it's far cheaper and my office is looking a bit thinner

Apr 24, 2015 01:59 PM
AJ Heidmann ~ CRS
McEnearney Associates, Inc. - Alexandria, VA
YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert

Debbie - When it is warm/hot outside I will provide bottled water, but I don't do any food.  As I see it, the purpose is to feature the home and hopefully identify who might have an interest in buying it, not who is viewing on an empty stomach, has a pack of kids that missed lunch, etc.  Besides, why would I want to give an opportunity for something to get dropped, smeared, stomped into any porous surface in the house.  Most attendees don't have an expectation of being fed at an open house, at least not in this area.

Apr 24, 2015 11:49 AM
JoAnn Moore
The Mortgage Market of Delaware - Georgetown, DE
Home Loans in Delaware

I think a few things "to go" would be easier for everyone. Some bottled water and energy bars work nice.  

Apr 24, 2015 11:32 AM
Trumps Elite
Keller Williams Realty Acadiana - Lafayette, LA
Realtors/Career Consultant

We do but I don't think that the public expects it. I think it keeps them there a little longer though.

Apr 24, 2015 10:52 AM
Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Conroe/Willis, TX

I usually try to serve fresh baked chocolate chip cookies - I don't think the public cares.  I try to have bottled water too.  The only problem is, if they don't take the cookies, I have to take them home

Apr 24, 2015 10:35 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

I usually have water, and something easy to nibble on, like cookies for the kids or wrapped chocalate. Do I think the pubic really cares?  Probably not.

Apr 24, 2015 10:04 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Depends on the home.

Oct 22, 2018 08:46 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

We do not - cold bottled water would be the only exception in the summer heat...

Oct 07, 2017 04:17 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Water but not food at our open houses. For agent caravans we provide lunch if we are the last house on the tour. That's usually one of the luxury homes.

Apr 25, 2015 09:19 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

the public does not care....sometimes we do, but not always.... we always serve lunch at an open house for agents....always....feed them and they will come!!

Apr 25, 2015 12:34 AM