Now that we are seeing a strong buyers market developing in the Los Angeles area, with more inventory and less homes selling above the asking price, if you are planning on listing your home soon you'll have to try a bit harder to get people interested in the property than in the past few years. One of those ways is to make sure your open house stands out from the rest. While your agent is likely to post a virtual tour on their social media platforms such as Facebook and Youtube, sellers may want to also post previews on Facebook Live and Youtube Live. This is a great way to highlight the unique features of your house and take questions in real time. This can be an specially great tool for those out-of-state buyers looking to relocate and for Millennials and first time buyers who tend to search for houses on just their phones and tablets.

Another great idea is having a yard/garage sale while your agent is holding the open house. This serves a few good functions such as getting rid of the junk you won't want to take with you when you move, de-cluttering will help the house show better, and you may just earn a few bucks. This can really work well when you have a block or neighborhood yard sale as they tend to attract far bigger crowds than an open house by itself would. And why not think about having a sneak peak for the neighbors? Many may be moving soon, or even better, they may have friends and relatives that want to move into the same neighborhood. When it comes to getting referrals, face to face interaction is worth much more than any door hangars or flyers you can paper the neighborhood with.

Creativity is always key when planning an open house, especially here in quite literally one of the most creative cities on the planet. Talk to your agent about creating a theme that revolves around an upcoming event, such as a holiday or sports game (like a cookout theme for Memorial Day or a baseball theme for the World Series), which will ensure that each open house is unique. If there is something significant or historical about the home, create a theme around that. Be sure to build buzz about the theme by including it in your agent's Facebook advertising and yard signage. We housesellers know that there are many, many ways to make your open house stand out so please feel free to contact us for any tips or suggestions.