The truth is open houses are hit and miss, but a lot of that depends on the steps you take before the event. The Internet has given buyers the opportunity to attend virtual open houses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and that's a good thing for you. Leads come to you better qualified for a particular home that they're interested in. They've seen dozens or hundreds of homes online and they know exactly what they're looking for when they step into it.
So many factors can affect the success of an open house: the market, location, price, day of the week, time of the day. There doesn't seem to be a magic formula determining if it will be successful or not. Generally speaking, open houses do best in active markets with low inventory.
Traditionally, open houses were used exclusively to sell the property that was being featured, but savvy real estate professionals recognized them as opportunities to build their leads list with prospective buyers looking for the right home.
The most important thing to remember is that there's more to a successful open house than showing up. Get the word out. Create a buzz. Reach out to your buyer leads and alert the neighborhood. Do everything you can before the open house to ensure that there's traffic at your event.