Weekly Radar Snapshot
- An agent in Fargo, NorthDakota, hosted a 63-hour long open house raising $33,000 for the Alzheimer's Association.
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Longing for Charity
By: Drew Meyers (Editor-in-Chief)
A Fargo North Dakota agent, Kyle Olson, lost a lot of time with his father due to Alzheimer’s. Channeling that experience into raising money to fight the disease, he's organized the "Longest Open House Ever" for three years running, according to Inman. The first year (2021) netted $7,000 in donations, "with the 2022 and 2023 open houses collectively garnering $33,000 in donations." The 2023 version had "40 sponsors providing free subs, tacos and Korean corndogs to visitors, hosting Jazzercise classes in the home’s driveway, and gifting a Sea-Doo to one lucky guest." It was live-streamed for 62 hours.
Seriously, props to Kyle and his local community for rallying around the effort. This takes me back to the idea that ❇️open houses could be transformed into mini museums or charity showcases ❇️ by applying the pop-up concept to real estate listings rather than retail storefronts. Before we know it, experiences such as Kyle's will become the norm, rather than exception. How long until the open house goes the way of Costco on a Sunday, with goodies in every aisle?