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8 tips for a successful open house

Enlist the neighbors
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The last thing you want when you throw open the doors for an open house is your neighbors nosing through your closets.

But that's actually not such a bad thing, according to some real estate agents. "The neighborhood people are the most important sales people for the house," Combs says. "So I want them to come in. They're the people who want their friends to come move into the neighborhood. They're my scouts."

If you want to make the most of it, consider sending invitations or fliers (print them out cheaply from your computer) to invite the neighbors. You can also use email or Evites, if that's more your style.




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