Whilst I believe that there's a limited place for opens when selling real estate (eg: tenanted properties) there are still many vendors who believe that they're a necessary option when it comes time to sell. With a RE office set up correctly, and with enough staff to maintain enquiries and appointments, it's my opinion that appts are still the preferred choice for marketing. The buyer really only organises an inspection if they're serious, they get individualized attention from the REA and they don't need to spend their precious time scuttling from open to open on Saturdays. However, trying to organise a Saturday appt (especially if you can't make the scheduled open) with a REA is difficult and near on impossible with some agencies. Opens are preferred by buyers due to the anonymity they provide (when they're only looking or tyre kicking) and the fact that they can inspect without being fawned over by a high pressure REA. Some sellers prefer them due to the fact they only need to clean up once or twice a week, can plan the rest of their week in relative peace, and they can view the buyers from a safe distance (across the road, neighbours house etc) REA's love them because they are a source of potential new listings, it looks great to have bulk buyers coming through the door (creates a sense of urgency to purchasers) and there's little work required. In my books, the better agents are the ones who go out of their way to show homes outside of opens and treat buyers with the time they require. What are others thoughts on the two marketing techniques?