Is the Los Angeles Open House Going the Way of the Dodo?

I read a post recently discussing how effective holding open houses is these days.  A few years ago that was the best way for a home buyer to find  Los Angeles homes for sale.  

Things have changed, and Los Angeles home buyers  are increasing searching online for listings.  Even if they are using the services of a Los Angeles Realtor®,  they continue to use the internet on their own.Los Angeles Home Buyers are Finding Homes before the Open House

When something comes up that interests a buyer they generally want to see that property immediately and not wait until the open house which might be a week or so ahead.  Especially in this market where good new inventory is few and far between.  And by “good”, priced right is the main criterion.

Most often a home will sell because Realtors® on the lookout for a particular property for their client will have seen it come on the market and alerted their buyers immediately.  No one is going to want to wait for the open house.  There will be other parties wanting to see the same property also, and generally the listing agent will agree to show before the open house.

A great house is probably already “sold” before the day of the open house, and the chance of a buyer accidentally falling upon it that day is slim to none.  So, many Los Angeles homes for sale will have the good fortune of being sold quickly and never make it to the open house day.

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  1. 2 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 1,925 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,631 sqft
    Year built: 1991
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 1
  2. 2 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,866 sq ft
    Lot size: 8.95 ac
    Year built: 1975
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 1
  3. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,389 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,502 sqft
    Year built: 1911
    Days on market: 1
  4. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,571 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,072 sqft
    Year built: 1990
    Days on market: 1
  5. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,899 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,905 sqft
    Year built: 2014
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 1
  6. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,956 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,622 sqft
    Year built: 2014
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 1
  7. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,330 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,274 sqft
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 1
  8. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,825 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,945 sqft
    Year built: 1978
    Days on market: 1
  9. 2 beds, 1 full, 2 part baths
    Home size: 1,470 sq ft
    Lot size: 26,705 sqft
    Year built: 2009
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 1
  10. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 2,859 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,271 sqft
    Year built: 1979
    Days on market: 1
  11. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,388 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,345 sqft
    Year built: 1957
    Days on market: 1
  12. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 2,923 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,427 sqft
    Year built: 1964
    Days on market: 1
  13. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,607 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.02 ac
    Year built: 1964
    Days on market: 1
  14. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,236 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,778 sqft
    Year built: 1918
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 1
  15. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,236 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,778 sqft
    Year built: 1918
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 1
  16. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,242 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,203 sqft
    Year built: 1940
    Days on market: 1
  17. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 884 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.15 ac
    Year built: 1973
    Days on market: 2
  18. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,400 sq ft
    Lot size: 14,860 sqft
    Year built: 1949
    Days on market: 2
  19. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,762 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,868 sqft
    Year built: 2004
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 2
  20. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,762 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,868 sqft
    Year built: 2004
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 2
  21. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 1,707 sq ft
    Lot size: 3.00 ac
    Year built: 1977
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 2
  22. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 3,268 sq ft
    Lot size: 16,366 sqft
    Year built: 1989
    Parking spots: 6
    Days on market: 2
  23. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,170 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,024 sqft
    Year built: 1951
    Days on market: 2
  24. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 1,735 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,256 sqft
    Year built: 1973
    Days on market: 2
  25. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,570 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,008 sqft
    Year built: 1980
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 3

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