You have strong offers -- cancel the open house?

  • Some agents advise holding an open house as scheduled with few exceptions, even if strong offers arrive beforehand. But others say you can risk losing solid buyers if sellers drag their feet too long.
  • Accepting an offer but still holding an open house to collect backups is another option, but agents should think twice before doing this. In any case, it's always the seller's choice.

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With homes selling like hotcakes in many markets, sometimes listing agents receive strong offers the day a property hits the market. If the agent has scheduled an open house for later in the week, that can put her in a tough spot: Should the agent advise the seller to accept on offer and cancel the event, or should she urge the seller to allow the open house to go on as planned?