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Rainmaker
4,430,694
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I find most actually introduce themselves.   

Dec 19, 2015 04:44 PM
Rainmaker
4,876,012
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Some will tell you and some are easy to spot! A few may fool you!

Dec 19, 2015 09:47 PM
Rainmaker
634,432
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

A few months ago I had one couple that kept commenting about the decor, how great this or that would look in their rooms. They were obviously there for interior decorating ideas.

Dec 19, 2015 04:01 PM
Rainmaker
3,411,971
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

First they wont sign in, next by asking a few key questions they dont answer or go to the other extreme with too much info on everything but what you asked

Dec 20, 2015 12:38 AM
Ambassador
1,443,512
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Ha Considering the timing of this post (Christmas) and the increased shopping everyone is doing, how many times a day do you think a Retail Worker gets told "I'm Just Looking!" ??  I have never held an Open House but I'd expect the results to be the same.

Dec 19, 2015 11:45 PM
Rainmaker
4,824,159
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I don't hold open houses for years now, but even when I did, I considered them all lookie lu's.

Dec 19, 2015 10:10 PM
Rainmaker
1,710,215
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Easy, just about everyone that comes in the door.

Dec 19, 2015 09:50 PM
Rainmaker
846,475
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

I can spot them in the driveway!

Dec 19, 2015 09:17 PM
Rainmaker
7,413,035
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

You never know who will send the next referral. All are welcome at an open house.

Dec 20, 2015 01:10 AM
Rainmaker
5,771,198
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Paul,

When we first moved here, we were considering a house we saw.  As we were walking out after deciding this home was not for us, the agent walked up to us and said, "Are you a Lookie Lu?"  We did not answer and just walked out.  I think everyone deserves respect, because they may be the very one that tells someone abou the house and ends up in a sale for you.  A

Dec 20, 2015 12:40 AM
Rainmaker
1,482,963
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Coming from the auto industry they are the ones that kick the furniture and moldings!

Dec 19, 2015 10:02 PM
Rainmaker
4,120,613
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

The ones that don't make "eye-contact"...

Dec 19, 2015 07:46 PM
Rainmaker
2,759,687
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 I cannot speak for others, Paul. I just introduce myself but I'm just looking. I don't want to waste their time.

Dec 19, 2015 07:11 PM
Rainmaker
887,748
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Those that show up without a vehicle usually means just a curious neighbor. There are others that go to open houses as if they are going to yard sales, and usually say something like " we just wanted to take a quick look". I've even had some neighbors say " We wanted to see how they finished their basement, becuse we want to do ours soon".

Dec 19, 2015 07:01 PM
Rainmaker
1,157,635
FN LN
Toronto, ON

Intuition.

Dec 19, 2015 04:39 PM
Ambassador
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Paul S. Henderson, Realtor, Broker, Tacoma Washington sometimes these lookie lu becomes serious!

And it's an open house - so if they are willing to share their information, get it and stay in touch with them.

Many buyers start the search of the home this way.

Dec 19, 2015 03:53 PM
Rainmaker
687,025
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

The one that comes to an "open house" and says "I could have bought this home for a whole bunch less 10 years ago." No interest in buying, just curious what they've done with the house.

Dec 19, 2015 03:36 PM
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6,049,132
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Some claim to be just looking even when they are really interested.

Feb 27, 2019 09:04 PM
Rainmaker
962,950
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Paul - Many of them will tell you so you don't try and "sell them" on the house.

Dec 22, 2015 06:55 AM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

    Talk with them.  Their attitude and their answers will give them away every time.

Dec 20, 2015 01:30 PM
Rainmaker
1,683,506
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

They won't give you a straight answer, including name or email.

Dec 20, 2015 11:50 AM
Ambassador
3,987,876
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

The answers or lack of answers to qualifying questions give them away.

Dec 20, 2015 11:36 AM
Rainmaker
212,705
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

A lot of them will tell you outright, but I have also found that they just say that to not be bothered and can be turned into clients. I treat everyone with professionalism regardless.

Dec 20, 2015 10:08 AM
Rainmaker
2,442,725
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

They don't give you answers to your questions.

Dec 20, 2015 08:47 AM
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3,725,352
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

That's easy - they always tell you they're a nosy neighbor or lookie loo.

Dec 20, 2015 08:28 AM
Rainmaker
617,835
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

Paul,
A “lookie lu” today could be a buyer tomorrow. Or might know a buyer or seller. Unless I am busy with other prospects I will try to build a bond with them.

Dec 20, 2015 06:56 AM
Rainmaker
875,007
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I've had some "regulars"; easy to spot.

Dec 20, 2015 06:15 AM
Rainmaker
2,108,344
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

When they pull up 10 minutes before the Open is scheduled to be over !!!

Dec 20, 2015 04:53 AM
Rainer
74,407
Michael Scruggs
UTR Texas-Realtors - Houston, TX
ABR, CNE, TAHS

Some you can tell right off the bat. Others, through conversation and still others you don't know.  It is all part of holding an open house.

Dec 20, 2015 04:48 AM
Rainmaker
3,986,061
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

By the questions or non-questions I get

Dec 20, 2015 03:28 AM
Rainmaker
4,799,935
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

They are all Lookie Lu's until they prove themselves to be something else.

Dec 20, 2015 03:10 AM
Rainmaker
1,465,492
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Like Michael, most introduce themselves the instant I start going up to them to say hi and have them register.

Dec 20, 2015 02:15 AM
Rainmaker
5,582,174
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

sometime we misjudge....

Dec 20, 2015 01:32 AM
Rainer
150,366
Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
Re/Max Real Estate Center - The Thacker Group - Louisville, KY
Your best friend who just happens to be a Realtor

Ask questions, you get answers or body language telling you.

Dec 20, 2015 01:17 AM
Rainmaker
1,696,498
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

When they refuse to make eye-contact for starters.

Dec 20, 2015 12:30 AM
Rainmaker
1,209,215
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

I assume they all are.  If they were super serious, they'd schedule a private showing.  

That said, some of our closest friends were lookie lus at an open house held by somebody else.  They just wandered in out of curiosity and fell in love with the home.  They knew to let the agent know they were working with us, and we closed that deal last month.  I actually had another client do the exact same thing a few years ago with the same result.  

I've never sold a home I was holding an open house on, and we rarely do them anymore.  

Sorry for the long answer!  

Dec 20, 2015 12:22 AM
Rainmaker
5,643,387
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Have not had many this year, and most buyers were truly buyers. 

Dec 20, 2015 12:02 AM
Ambassador
1,633,726
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

After a few open houses they're easy to spot. 

Dec 19, 2015 10:59 PM
Rainmaker
3,071,089
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

I don't - because I don't do Open Houses!! 

Dec 19, 2015 10:55 PM
Rainmaker
583,810
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Usually the nosy neighbor is the first one through the door and freely shares the neighborhood gossip

Dec 19, 2015 10:46 PM
Rainmaker
4,433,865
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Some of them come with another person and then compare fetaures inthis house with theirs. You know they are the neighbors.

Dec 19, 2015 10:12 PM
Rainer
42,520
Fred Hafdelin
Weichert Realtors - Mountain Lakes, NJ

I ask them how long they have been looking to buy a home. Their answer usually lets me know.  

Dec 19, 2015 10:10 PM
Rainmaker
1,212,469
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Lookie Loo is everywhere. Nosy neighbors, stalker, free food snatcher.

That is why some home owners does not invite strangers. Show by appointment only.

Dec 19, 2015 08:55 PM