Report on a Father's Day Open House

This week I debated the wisdom of holding a Father's Day open house. Traditional wisdom in my area says Mother's Day is a good open house day, but Father's Day is dead.

1963 Rock Street, #12, Mountain View, CA 94043After consideration, I went ahead and held open a 2-bedroom condominium at 1963 Rock Street in Mt. View, California. I'm glad I did! While the number of groups through wasn't large -- 7 groups total -- it was extremely well-received.

A brief description of those who came by today:

  1. a very artistic man, who currently rents and believes this is now a great time to buy -- he was looking for a place close to his employment in Palo Alto (we're less than 10 minutes away--without getting on the freeway!) that has drama, plenty of wall space for all his art, and balconies (we have 3) or patio for his specimen plants. He LOVES the unit -- spent about 45 minutes there, and left after giving me his contact information. I promised to get more information to him
  2. a couple whose adult daughter lives in the complex; their son has just relocated to this area. After spending about 20 minutes there, they came back a second time with the son, daughter, son-in-law.
  3. an agent with her client
  4. a family (mom, dad, baby daughter) who live a couple of miles away; his in-laws visit from another country, and come for extended periods--they are looking for a place for the in-laws, and to use as a possible rental in the future. The in-laws were there, too.
  5. a neighbor who has lived in the complex for 5 years -- curious, but a great contact nonetheless, and might know someone interested
  6. a man biking by, saw the signs and stopped in. I could give him a bottle of water and my card -- you never know!
  7. I can't remember! Before I could jot down my note to myself, others came, and I forget!

So--this was definitely a worthwhile way to spend 3 hours.

And now, my granddaughter and I are heading out to buy pizza (my husband's request) so we can have nice family time and let him know how much we appreciate him -- on Father's Day and every day.

I hope your day brought lots of good things you're way. And Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!

--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547

Peninsula Living Business Page



Comment balloon 19 commentsLottie Kendall • June 20 2010 09:35PM


WOW, Lottie, great turnout! Hope you get it sold!

Posted by Michele Miller ~ REALTOR®, LMC, HSE, CHS, SRES, CMRS, 'Helping You Make the Best Move" (ERA Key Realty~Worcester County Realty Group) over 10 years ago

How great a surprise was that?? I'm so glad that it turned out well, hope the pizza help make up for you being gone!

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) over 10 years ago

Sounds like a well invested three hour stent, and you're right, one never knows when a casual look will turn into a closed sale.

It seems your husband is supportive of your every effort to increase your business.

Posted by Tanya Van Blake-Coleman, Improving the Quality of Your Life (Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/ over 10 years ago

I am glad your Open House was a syccess, very nice listing and very well presented.  May it sell quickly and for full price?

Posted by Anthony Stokes-Pereira, Realtor (Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty) over 10 years ago

Capture that open house on video and while you and the grand daughter are eating pizza with granddad, dad. Relaxing, your clone is still working on the three hour window the buyer has in a zip code far away, time zone different that yours.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 10 years ago


We had debated an open house this weekend but were also concerned with lack of traffic due to the holiday.   Glad to hear that was not an issue with you!

Posted by Christie Lane Craven, Your Anne Arundel County Agent (Blackwell Real Estate ) over 10 years ago

I also passed up doing an open house today. We had very few in the area.  Glad yours turned out well!

Posted by Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale (Kinard Realty Group Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Wow! Quite a turnout for a "traditional" holiday. I polled a lot of agents that said that they were taking Sunday off...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Lottie.....congratulations.....we held three subdivisions open yesterday and we also had good activity.....the people weree serious....I think that the tire kickers stay home because they have things to keep them busy.....there are always people looking for property and the real buyers come out on a holiday or special occasion, if they know it's open to view.....but you and I already knew this!!!!

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired ) over 10 years ago

Hi Michele -- I was happy with the turnout, and the interest level. I'd love to have it sold soon!

Judi, Gene spent the afternoon tinkering with computer stuff and then taking a bike ride, so he had a good aftenoon and was happy--very important!

Hi Tanya, it was time well spent and you're right, Gene's very supportive. I don't work every weekend, so he understands when I do.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 10 years ago

Anthony -- thanks for your kind comments. And I like the way you think, a quick full-price sale is always good!

Christie and Barbara A - it's not always easy to know what will work, but this turned out to be time welll spent.

Hello Barbara T - I'm glad your Opens were well attended. My thought was perhaps people had more free time yesterday than on some weekends.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 10 years ago

Hi Andrew - sounds like you were busy yesterday, but happily so. I have a video clip of this condo which I've used in prior blogs. I'd post it here, but don't know how to in the comment section. You can take a look at it here 


Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 10 years ago

Good morning Michael, Perhaps being a contrarian yesterday worked!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 10 years ago

I had agents hold a couple of my listings open yesterday, and they were worried that nobody would show up because it was Father's Day. Well, you know what? Every day is Mother's day. Because if mama ain't happy, nobody is happy. Lots of women dragged their husbands to open houses yesterday. Some men even went willingly.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) over 10 years ago

Hi Elizabeth -- glad you had good turnout, too. The men yesterday seemed to want to be there; in fact, the most interested person was a man.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 10 years ago

As a huge believer in open houses, it is good to hear that you had a good turnout.

Posted by Mary Kay Hopkins, e-PRO,GRI,CRS (Mary Kay Hopkins, LLC e-PRO, GRI, CRS, CRB) over 10 years ago

Good morning, Mary Kay. We did have a good turnout; now we just need a good offer!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 10 years ago

I always hold open houses on holidays.  It is amazing how many people come out.  Good for you and glad you had such a great turnout.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) over 10 years ago

Hello Jane - maybe people have more time to get out looking on holiday weekends. I don't know about July 4th, however.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 10 years ago