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Are Open Houses Really Beneficial?

When someone decides to sell their property, what is the best avenue to take to have their home sell fast? In today’s market most buyers are using the internet to look for houses themselves before contacting an agent to represent them. Much has been said and written about selling homes through open houses. Who benefits more from this…the seller or the agent? The answer is nuanced.

Open Houses have become a never-ending debate, to whether or not they provide value to both the buyer and the seller. Some see the open house as an outdated form of marketing, while others are coming up with unique and fun ways to still incorporate open houses. We will run through pros and cons of open houses, as well as provide some fun and unique ways to host an open house!


  • It Provides Exposure. Open Houses help market the property and pull in viewers. Though it may not always yield a buyer, it may increase foot traffic and feedback on what to improve in your house. While the chances of getting a serious buyer is rather slim, an open house will draw in people especially if your property is priced correctly!
  • Draw in Potential Buyers. An open house gives potential buyers the opportunity to check the neighborhood, walk through the house and envision themselves living in the home.  There is just nothing like seeing the home in person! – Although many buyers start their search online, pictures can only do so much justice.


  • Risk of Theft. Leaving your home open for strangers carries security risks. While the majority of visitors are there most likely to view your property, some may be there for nefarious reasons. Keep in mind that hosting an open house is an open invitation to anyone to enter your home. Make sure when you hire a realtor, you know that you can trust them to keep an open eye at your open houses for suspicious behavior.
  • Attracts NOSY Neighbors. Since open houses are open to anyone, this serves like a beacon to your lovely, nosy neighbors curious about your home that just want to see how your house looks on the inside and gossip about it to their friends. But, actually.
  • Rarely Produce an Offer. Many brokers or even homeowners will agree that open houses aren’t the best way to sell your property. The numbers of houses sold as a result of an open house is staggeringly low. Open houses spark curiosity in potential buyers but it is rare for someone to come look at the home and place an offer to purchase. After all, home buying is a very serious decision homeowner’s make.


  • Promote Your Open House. Make sure you find a realtor who will promote your open house. The open house should be posted all over the web- the MLS, Trulia, Zillow, Realtor.com, and all of the realtor’s personal and business websites. If they incorporate social media into their business plan, I would make sure the open house is on there as well. Our team makes sure to incorporate open houses on all social media platforms in a fun way!
    Open House Email Examples
    Open House Email Examples

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  • Signs, Signs & More Signs. Although many realtors focus on web strategies, make sure some of the “outdated” techniques are still incorporated. However, instead of a few signs on the corner, add LOTS of signs. Most realtors will use a mix of signs- specialty signs, company signs, and just plain open house signs. Some signs offer “fresh-brewed coffee” or “an area list of foreclosures”. Many realtors will put up 20-40 signs for 1 open house!
  • Add a Personal Touch. Ask your realtor if they bring anything special to an open house. We’ve all attended open houses where you walk up to the door, and the agent is on the laptop, or watching TV. See if they bring some food or drink to the open house. Lots of agents may bake fresh cookies in the oven to create a pleasing aroma and treat, or brew coffee!

Feel free to contact our team to talk about the pros and cons of an open house for your specific property. The effectiveness of an open house can vary greatly by the style of your home and the location of your home. What will be the most effective avenue to sell your property for top dollar, in the shortest amount of time?

Sandy Erickson Real Estate Team of Keller Williams Realty
Serving the Twin Cities Area 

Direct: 651-269-3487
Email: Sandy@SandyErickson.com
Website: www.ericksonteamhomesearch.com


New Listing! 6608 Lower 12th Street N Oakdale, MN 55128

New Listing!

6608 Lower 12th Street North

Oakdale, MN 55128

Price: $210,000

6608 Lower 12th

This home offers bountiful space, loads of natural light, and is located in a stellar neighborhood. This home features 3 bedrooms up, a master with an attached bath, and a beautiful walkout family room to a large and open backyard w/ fire pit. The large 4th level bedroom offers lookout windows and a full bathroom, perfect for guests, a renter, or a teen. Look forward to spending time outdoors with a multilevel deck, and look forward to spending time indoors with plenty of space to grow and enjoy!

For more property information, visit this link:

For any questions regarding this property call us at 651-269-3487, or feel free to email us at Sandy@SandyErickson.com

Sunny living room on main level - large windows facing front of home.
Sunny living room on main level – large windows facing front of home.
Master bedroom with walk-thru bath
Master bedroom with walk-thru bath
Lower level family room with closets - great storage!
Lower level family room with closets – great storage!
Large fourth level bedroom with lookout windows. Great for guests, renter or teenagers.
Large fourth level bedroom with lookout windows. Great for guests, renter or teenagers.

Halloween Spooktacular Coming to Roseville!

Halloween Spooktacular
Mark Your Calendars!

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Saturday, October 25th, 2014
4:30 PM-8:30 PM

Get ready to join in for some fun and adventure! Join other little goblins and their parents or guardians for a night filled with “ghostly games, devilish demonstrations and a fun-filled hayride”! The Halloween Spooktacular is hosted at the Harriet Alexander Nature Center (2520 Dale St. N.) in Roseville, MN. For more information on the event center and the address, visit their website at: http://www.ci.roseville.mn.us/index.aspx?nid=183 or reach them by phone at 651-792-7012.

This event costs a small fee (last year was around $6 for adult & child together), but the price is worth the loads of fun. Please note that adult attendance is required. Each child will walk away with a special Halloween treat bag, and during the event they will enjoy a hayride, popcorn and many different forms of entertainment.

Featured Events:
*Carnival Hall with Prizes
*Themed Hayride
*Face Painting
*Live Animals
*Take-Home Craft
*Fire Circle with Live Music

To pre-register, you may download and fill out this form http://cityofroseville.com/DocumentCenter/View/12820 and bring it to the Roseville Parks & Recreation Department prior to the day of the event. You can also register by phone with a Visa, MasterCard or an American Express card at 651-792-7110. You are available to pre-register by phone Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM- 4:30 PM. Please note that if you plan on taking the hayride, you must also fill out a hayride waiver and hand it in when you check in. The hayride waiver can be found here: http://cityofroseville.com/DocumentCenter/View/12822

Our team loves working in the Roseville, MN area! We love fun-filled events for all ages and families. If you have any questions regarding real estate in this area, please contact us at 651-269-3487 or email us at Sandy@SandyErickson.com.
Our Website: http://www.ericksonteamhomesearch.com/

575 9th Ave. NW. New Brighton, MN



575 9th Avenue NW, New Brighton MN 55112

Welcome to this bright and charming home! This home has so many great updates. The kitchen, bathrooms, carpet, gutters, windows and more… have all been updated! This home features one-level living if you choose. There is a great main level bedroom with a full bath. 2 extra bedrooms and a full bath are on the upper level. Entertain with extra finished living space in the basement!

The fully-fenced in large backyard is perfect for entertaining. There is also a fully-insulated garage w/attached 21×8 shed in the backyard.

Such a great neighborhood that is centrally located and near shopping and major high-ways!

Don’t pass this one up!!
Call us at 651-269-3487 for any questions you may have, or feel free to email us at Sandy@SandyErickson.com

The listing and all other listing information can be found here:http://www.ericksonteamhomesearch.com/listing/mlsid/152/propertyid/4524037/


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Inside Peek at Roseville Area Market

Roseville, Minnesota is a city in Ramsey County just north of Saint Paul and east of Minneapolis. It is one of two Twin Cities suburbs that is both adjacent to Saint Paul and Minneapolis making it a popular area to reside. Roseville is known for its strong and safe neighborhoods, excellent local business climate, quality schools and outstanding recreational parks.

As of 2010, there were around 33,700 people in the Roseville area, and 14,600 households in the city. Currently, Roseville’s property taxes are some of the lowest in the Twin Cities, making it a popular place to live and do business. The activities are endless, due to several major shopping centers in the area. Rosedale Mall and Har Mar Mall are two popular destinations.

Below is a picture of homes both “for sale” and “sold” in the Roseville area. Out of 25 homes for sale, the average listing price is $280,000. When looking at 25 recent sold homes in the area, the average sold price was $240,000.


Roseville neighborhoods are a great place to live. Keeping in mind that Roseville is close to both big cities (Minneapolis & Saint Paul), the crime rate is actually very low. Below is a picture of crimes in the area. There have been 16 recent crimes (theft, accidents, etc…) and no major violent crimes. This is a very important aspect to consider when purchasing a home.


When specifically looking at the housing market, Roseville is in great standing. The average listing price is rising, along with the median sales price of homes.



Comparing Roseville to other locations in the Twin Cities is also something important to look at. Roseville is in one of the most popular zip codes in the Twin Ciites! Other popular areas are: Arden Hills, Maplewood, Shoreview and Saint Paul.

Image‘The Roseville area has an impressive average household income and family income. The city is well above state averages!


If you are interested in more housing-specific data, (current homes on the market, sold listings, popular listings, foreclosures and short sales, and more) please view our community page at: http://www.ericksonteamhomesearch.com/community/area/Roseville/ 

If you are interested in searching for homes, or comparing your home to others in the area, please try our search tool: http://www.ericksonteamhomesearch.com/search/

If you are interested in talking with a professional real estate team, give us a call today! 651-269-3487 or Sandy@SandyErickson.com

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Sandy Erickson Real Estate Team of Keller Williams Integrity Realty

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