It was so bad that even the realtor stayed away. **Updated**
Yep, it's a pretty good bet that your Open House is going to suck when your own realtor doesn't even show up.
No, unfortunately, I'm not even joking. We spent two and a half days washing windows and cleaning the house and our realtor didn't even bother to show up. Even worse, I couldn't track him down on his cell or at home or at the office. If WE can't get in touch with him, how are potential buyers supposed to reach him? I'm so mad right now I can't even stand it.
Luckily my husband is a great salesman. He stayed home to greet any "guests" we might have and I drove up to Mom's to pick up the kids. (See, we'd even made babysitting arrangements so we could get the house ready! Grrr!) One family and one lady came by and Dan played host, answered questions and did all the things that we're supposed to be paying our realtor to do. I swear, if we get an offer from one of these two groups I think Dan is going to earn the 6% commission!
**Updated at 9:36 pm: Dan talked to the realtor, finally, and found out that he had a "family emergency" today. Dan has all the details and I won't share them here. We're going to have another Open House next weekend, a "realtor's only" Open House some time this week, and an ad in the local paper (Hello? Why weren't they already putting ads in the local paper?) too. I'm trying to think very Christian, forgiving thoughts right now because I do like our realtor. He's a really nice guy and I want to have faith in his ability to sell my house.
Plus I don't want to resort to lap dances and car washes yet.