Wayne Zuhl, The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate (Remax First Realty II)

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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
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No scooby snacks.  Food & drink = mess + cleaning + possible stained furniture.

Jun 11, 2016 11:16 AM
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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

Rarely hold them, and no snacks...Just Flyers and Sales Agreements!

Jun 11, 2016 08:38 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
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Rarely. It gets expensive and I worry about food getting dropped on carpets. I don't think people care all that much

Jun 11, 2016 07:22 AM
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Carol Wilson
Your $imple Home - Toronto, ON

There is potential liability in case of allergic reactions, etc.  I would also respectfully ask people to eat outside any food they have brought, and take their apple core with them, please.  Give them some tissues to wrap it and take away.  Don't throw your garbage in this back yard.

The question to ask is:  if I do this (e.g., provide food), is it going to add focus to the house itself?  For me, food and drink do not.  They draw the focus to the food and drink.  So in addition to the mess, the visitor isn't even fully shopping.  If they are starving, view the house, take some phone photos and go discuss over coffee and whatever.

Jun 11, 2016 07:13 AM
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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
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No I don't. It makes a mess and is not worth it IMO.

Jun 11, 2016 06:55 AM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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I don't do open houses, but if I did, no snacks except maybe a candy dish.

Jun 11, 2016 09:45 PM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
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I use to but quit doing it. i keep thinking some kid that is allergic to chocolate or peanuts will grab some treat and have an attack, then parents will want to sue me and the owner. I decided it's best to just remove that risk.

Jun 11, 2016 07:34 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
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I never did...I know of an agent that bought a new carpet because someone spilled

Jun 11, 2016 11:41 AM
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Grace Hanamoto
Intero Real Estate - Sunnyvale, CA
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Nope. I'm not here to feed the hungry.  I will have bottled waters, but that's pretty much it.

Jun 11, 2016 11:12 AM
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Susan Laxson CRS
Premier Sotheby's International Realty - Naples, FL
The Michelle Thomas Team

Not snacks, but I do offer ice cold bottles of water.

Jun 11, 2016 10:32 AM
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Chrissi Chapman Topoleski
Coldwell Banker Realty - Woodbridge, VA
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I usually do, but no one ever wants to partake. I'm holding one tomorrow and have no plans to bring anything.

Jun 11, 2016 09:15 AM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
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Not anymore.

Jun 11, 2016 08:03 AM
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I don't snack but then again, I don't hold houses open either   Do what works in your area and whatever makes you happy and at peace!

Jun 11, 2016 07:45 AM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I have not done an open house in a long time, but when I did, did not have any food or drinks at the open house. 

Jun 11, 2016 11:47 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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No

Jun 11, 2016 09:33 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
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only if it's a "to go" water and snack, no eating in the house.  I also have on lake homes had hotdogs and ice cream on the dock, but not inside the home.

Jun 11, 2016 02:24 PM
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Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
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Depends on the property and location. Usually simple, water & fruit or cookies.  Until recently I had candy. It's gone!

Jun 11, 2016 02:16 PM
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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
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I always have bottled water and either home made cookies or home made brownies.

Jun 11, 2016 12:55 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
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Usually not but sometimes I may have some candy and bottled water.

Jun 11, 2016 11:23 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I was "open" (no pun) to the idea, but in todays market, not necessary

Jun 11, 2016 10:49 AM
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Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

No! They are there to see the house not drop crumbs all over the house.

Jun 11, 2016 10:02 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
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I once had my wife making cookies at an open, a mistake I will not make again.

  • Kids making messes
  • Parents occupied with kids making messes
  • And everyone too distracted to focus on WHY we were there.
Jun 11, 2016 09:36 AM
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

No.

Jun 11, 2016 08:14 AM
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Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Yes cookies and soft drinks on lower priced homes and wine and cheese on higher priced listings.

Jun 11, 2016 07:41 AM
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Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

I usually have bottles of water and sometimes more.

Jun 16, 2016 06:07 PM
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

No.  My personal opinion is that you are not there to feed them, just show them a home.

Jun 13, 2016 10:28 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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Not into snacks but hand out a buyers guide to them.

Jun 13, 2016 12:59 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I used to offer some food all the time. But not any more. Yet, I always have bottles of cold water. 

Jun 12, 2016 05:23 PM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

No I do not. I am not there to feed people. I am there to market the property. I know ... I know ... gracious host 

It's messy and with kids not telling where the snacks will end up. 

Jun 12, 2016 07:47 AM
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Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
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Not a great idea, figure anything you give them will end up on the carpet. water would be an exception ..perhaps... btw...i loooove opens. you learn so much

Jun 12, 2016 04:39 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Mostly no.  Unless it's a very special home and the open house is by invitation.

Jun 12, 2016 03:23 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Wayne and Jean,

Water, at the most...A

Jun 12, 2016 02:26 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

no, we only feed agents at broker/agent open house events....

Jun 12, 2016 01:10 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
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If you include cold water as a snack; then yes!

Jun 12, 2016 12:39 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Typically not except for bottled water.   Many people are sloppy eaters.

Jun 12, 2016 12:13 AM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Yes . I offer to email RPR Reports to visitors and show them a sample 

Jun 11, 2016 11:29 PM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Not always as people can make a mess. 

Jun 11, 2016 11:14 PM
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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
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No I do not

Jun 11, 2016 10:42 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Water only and seldom hold open houses!

Jun 11, 2016 10:19 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

No. However, some of the agents in our market do offer food. I like the brownies.

Jun 11, 2016 10:16 PM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

No I do not because I'd be on the couch eating them. Nice thought though.

Jun 11, 2016 10:09 PM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Absolutely NOT - more to clean up or get all over the house!

Jun 11, 2016 10:04 PM
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Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
Real estate consulting

i never offer snacks. 

Jun 11, 2016 04:33 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl - when I did it in past, yes I did bring in the baked cookies - and lollipop for kids.

Jun 11, 2016 03:46 PM
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Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

No, I have never done that, and that's if the house is vacant or occupied Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl.  Here in the Summer, I do put water bottles in the frig for anyone to take though! 

Jun 11, 2016 03:46 PM
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Sunday's 2 to 4 pm and yes we have cookies and bottled water.

Jun 11, 2016 01:42 PM
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

sometimes

Jun 11, 2016 12:49 PM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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Not for a long time. Trash, clean up etc. who is cleaning up?

Jun 11, 2016 10:40 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I do not set out a platter of cookies or such for prospective buyers.

However, if the visitor self-selects I will invite them to sit and offer refreshment at that time.

Jun 11, 2016 07:08 AM