The highs and lows of parenting and real estate.

The Opening of the House

I hosted my very first (oh yes, for now this site is about many firsts) open house the other day.

Open House

All in all, I had a truly enjoyable time, although the day was not without its trials.

The Good:

Baking cookies to make the house smell homey and serve to potential buyers.

Getting into my rhythm while showing the house. By the end of the day I’d stopped stuttering and giggling like a teenager and remembered to point out things like the water softener and the larger closet in the middle bedroom.

Talking to cute young couples about what they are looking for in a home.

Hearing nice things about how beautiful the home I was showing is.

The Bad:

Cutting my finger on a directional OPEN HOUSE sign.

Getting all the way to the house before realizing I totally forgot my lockbox key and there was no one there to let me in.

It rained, so traffic through the house was pretty light.

No one ate my cookies or drank my cute little sodas!!!

Even though the open house itself did not specifically net us a buyer, I really feel positive about the whole experience. I have to admit, I think at least part of the reason I enjoyed myself so much, was my inner chatty gossip. It was fun to hear all about why people were thinking about moving or buying a new house. I enjoyed their stories about the houses they’ve already seen and what exactly they like and don’t like in a home. I can’t wait to do it again!

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