If I had my way, (how many times have I said this and no one seems to be calling for my many opinions!) open houses would include a little block party. A "get to know your potential neighbors" party, right?
It's one thing to tour the house, peek in the closets, and check the furnace. Those things are all fine and good. BUT, what about the neighbors?
When we bought our sweet house, I had no idea who my neighbors would be. What if they had been creepy? What if they had enjoyed a yard gnome here and there? What if they were in a constant state of SERIOUS?
Raising our family could have been a very different atmosphere if we had not shared a backyard with the Kasten's for the past 15 years. We ping-ponged childbirth for 8 consecutive years. We each have 2 boys and 2 girls. Everyone has a built in playdate and a shared treehouse! (When I say "shared", I mean they paid for it and we "share" it)
I have called on Mama Kasten for parenting advice, clothing advice, moral advice, gardening advice, "does he need stitches?" advice, and "Please come look at the back of my leg and tell me it is NOT a varicose vein" advice.
So...calling all real estate agents! Let's heap one more thing onto your plate- plan some open houses like a block party, with an "Open House, Open Bar" slant. What say you?