Great story about open house disasters. I haven’t heard many shocking stories about open houses in Boston, but I’ll see what I can find out.
By Teri Karush Rogers, New York Times
As some brokers see it, displaced anxiety or even rage is causing a higher proportion of buyers -battered by high prices, low inventory and jugular bidding wars – to act out, especially when desperation drives them to tour properties far above their price range. “They want to see an apartment that’s a million more than they can afford because they want to see something they actually like,” Mr. Orenstein said. “But they’re not buying the apartment, so there’s a different mindset.”
Stories of tasteless and even bizarre behavior abound. One stormy Sunday in mid-March, Barry Silverman, a senior vice president at Halstead Property, held an open house in a two-bedroom, two-bath Chelsea duplex. Despite the weather, the $715,000 apartment drew 65 people during its 90-minute debut, a crowd Mr. Silverman said was typical for a property offered at such a reasonable price. Among them were two women who started to enter the apartment with a pair of sodden German shepherds. “You just want to say, ‘What, are you an idiot?’ ” said Mr. Silverman, who instead asked the women to take turns baby-sitting the dogs in the hallway. Another shopper carrying her venti-sized Starbucks drink tossed her rain-soaked persimmon slicker over the back of an upholstered chair.
Complete article: The New York Times > Real Estate > How Not to Behave at an Open House
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Originally posted 2005-04-25 11:04:00.