There's one exception: If you list the home online and hold an open house almost immediately, the home can sell more quickly — and for a higher price. The higher the exposure, the greater the competition and therefore the price. If your market is a bit cooler than Austin's, you probably want to have at least one open showing.
"Every market has its own cadence to the marketing of a property," said Dana Rice, a real estate agent with Compass in the Washington, D.C., area. "Where we are, the open house is pretty standard.
"You want to cast the widest net possible, and however the buyers want to see the house, you want to meet them."
Rice says she'll have crowds at some opens, but if the home isn't priced right, people won't show up. As a seller, if you do decide to open your home, you want to be careful.