Open Houses and the Patriots

A regular discussion amongst real estate agents is the impact on attendance at Open Houses when the Patriots are playing. A couple of weeks ago when the Pats were playing the Jets, one agent was driving around Marblehead at 3 p.m. and said it was like driving through a ghost town.

The Massachusetts Association of Realtors surveyed its members recently and 64 percent said they do not schedule open houses when the New England Patriots play. This includes four percent who avoid all Sundays during football season; 20 percent who avoid Sundays when the Patriots are playing; and 40 percent who schedule their open houses either before or after the games. Thirty-seven percent of the respondents schedule open houses when it is most convenient for the client – even if it’s during the game.

The good news for sellers is that the Patriots do not play at 1 p.m. today or on the next 3 Sundays.

If you – or somebody you know – are considering buying or selling a home and have questions about the market and/or current home prices, feel free to contact me on 617.834.8205 or

Andrew Oliver is a Realtor with Harborside Sotheby’s International Realty. Each Office Is Independently Owned and Operated

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