Do I Have To Sign The Open House Sheet? Even If I Am A Realtor?

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP 0524642

This past weekend while showing houses my buyer and I decided to stop by a nearby Open House. Inside was the listing agent and several other people viewing the home. I introduced myself as a Realtor and let the other agent know that my buyers and I were going to take a look around. When we were done the listing agent was insistent on me and my buyers signing in. 

The purpose of the Open House sheet is for the listing agent to grab names, email addresses and phone numbers. So he can call them and generate future business. 

The seller doesn't need a copy of the sign in sheet and has no use of retaining one. 

It makes no sense why the listing agent would want me to sign in for his open house. I don't want or need his seller to call me. He shouldn't want his seller to call me either. Additionally, I don't need or want he or his seller calling my buyer. That doesn't make sense either. If I have more questions about the property I will contact the listing agent. I don't want anyone following up with me. 

There is no law or rule that says you are required to sign in at an open house. I don't require anyone to sign in at my open houses. I might ask, but I never stand in front of them like it's about cause a problem if they don't. If you feel it's rude to not sign in then that's your choice to follow the request of the listing agent. 

Again, the only reason you are asked to sign in is so someone can sell you later... or at least try to.


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Greg Nino
, Houston area Realtor®.
Helping residential buyers, sellers and tenants 7 days a week.
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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Greg, The only way a listing agent gets the names of my buyers is when they get an offer with the buyers names on the back page.  Otherwise, uh, no, not happening.

Jul 21, 2014 01:48 AM #1
Tim Lorenz
TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team - Mission Viejo, CA
949 874-2247

Hi Greg

I would object vigorously.  That makes no sense at all. 

Jul 21, 2014 01:48 AM #2
Greg Nino
RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP - Houston, TX
Houston, Texas

Exactly, Bill. You and I both know as to why the listing agent would demand it. 

Tim, good to hear from you again. I can see a builder open house who offers food and such, but even then, it's the same goal. "Sell Sell Sell Sell." If the buyer wanted to be sold to they wouldn't have an agent! 

Jul 21, 2014 01:50 AM #3
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

It's just brainless old school Greg. They do put pressure on you or you won't get the free cookies.

Jul 21, 2014 01:57 AM #4
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Sad that so much distrust remains between agents in this business, but it remains because of all the unethical agents that are still in this business. I usually never enforced sign ins unless the homeowners required it. I'm reevaluating that because an agent got in trouble when going to court for theft case I think it was, and judge reprimanded the agent because the agent didn't represent the sellers interest by requiring sign ins at open house and documenting who was in the owners house.


Jul 21, 2014 02:03 AM #5
Greg Nino
RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP - Houston, TX
Houston, Texas


The judge clearly has no concept of reality. I'd hate to be a defendant for any reason in his courtroom.

I would have loved to have replied to his comment.... "And just how do you REQUIRE a person to sign in?" What if they say no? Anyone who is forced to sign-in will leave behind a bogus name, phone number and email address, ESPECIALLY if they are at the house with malicious intent. 

THAT judge scares me. 

There's only so much you can do to protect a seller. Advising to remove valuables, cash, jewelry, weapons and especially guns. Five finger discount items (small in nature) should never be left out if considered valuable.

The seller takes on a risk when they hold an open house. The hosting Realtor doesn't have insurance or some liability coverage for theft. The seller is accepting this risk when they sign a listing agreement. 

Jul 21, 2014 02:11 AM #6
Karen Feltman
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS - Cedar Rapids, IA
Relocation Specialist

I can understand the seller wanting to know how many people came through their open house.  That makes sense.  But signing in your buyers when you are with them?  Not necessary.  I would have left him my card and he could let the seller know that you came through with your buyers.  Period.  

Jul 21, 2014 02:36 AM #7
Dan Hopper
Keller Williams Realty Downtown LLC - Denver, CO
Denver Realtor / Author / Advocate/Short Sale

Keep it to a simple conversation, hand the open house broker your business card and you will answer any questions your buyer may have!!

Jul 21, 2014 08:42 AM #8
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Just toss them your business card and be done with it.  If there's something fishy going on, any person can sign in with a fake name . . . duh!

Jul 21, 2014 03:01 PM #9
Mark Neighbor
A O Home Solutions - Sell House Georgia - Buy House Georgia - McDonough, GA
Sell House Fast In Georgia

Just give them your business card. Anyone can sign with a fake name and number and email. 

Jul 21, 2014 07:52 PM #10
Cheryl Eskridge, ABR, CRS, GRI, PMN, Broker Associate
Gibson Properties - Wimberley, TX
Licensed in TX and WI

Being licensed in 2 states if you came to my Open House in Texas I would hug you and your buyers, ask for your card and thank you for coming. If you come to my Open House in WI I would kindly ask you to sign in to "protect" your buyer if you did not have a signed buyers agreement.  In some areas in WI they just do not get Buyer Agency !

Jul 21, 2014 10:36 PM #11
Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties - Alexandria, LA
Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent

I hate open houses.

Jul 22, 2014 12:01 AM #12
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

I would have given him my business card and if he was still insistent I would sign the sheet with my name on it. He was probably a newbie or an assistant just trying to do his job.

Jul 22, 2014 12:42 AM #13
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Hello Greg ... great post and unbelievable, your post has been featured to the group:


Sir Vegas Bob

Jul 22, 2014 03:31 AM #14
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

We just leave a business card as required by our MLS. I have a real cheap card for this becuase the listing agents just tosses them anyway...

Jul 24, 2014 06:30 AM #15
Shalanda Schneider
strensoft - Tamarindo, CR
good person

In some cases the realtor also must sign along with the customer, this depends upon the regulations which are written on that open house sheet. Full details can be found in best essay writers blog from that you can know what are those regulations and in which condition a realtor must sign.

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