There’s Never Been a Better Time to Throw a Party
Three years ago, it seemed like every week that there would be a party thrown to commemorate the launch of sales for a new preconstruction condominium project. The parties were grand – open bar, all-you-can-eat buffets, firework shows, flamingos walking around, synchronized swimmers, half-naked cocktail servers, the finest wines, talking parrots – you name it and it was there.
Nowadays, it seems like hardly any developers want to throw a party and I personally think that this is the best time to throw a party. Three years ago, parties were thrown because it was expected (even though people would have signed contracts regardless if there was a party or not). These people signed contracts based on developer reputation, architectural renderings and merely because the market was hot! It’s no secret that the market has cooled considerably since that time.
Why not stand behind your development and launch a party to show the public that you’re delivering a great product? Get potential buyers inside the building and let them reminisce about the party and how great your building is to other potential buyers. In my eyes, it sends a strong message to the consumer that you feel that you are delivering a great development to the public and that you are confident that they will feel the same way.
Even the best condo developments will have at least a 15% default rate in this market. Once this becomes a reality, why not hold a weekly open house to showcase your building and available units to the general public? I’ll even personally do it for you if you don’t have anyone on staff to do it.
The Related Group of Florida is the only developer that I know of that is throwing grand-opening parties for their developments. As I said before, this shows me that they stand behind their product. In fact, their latest development, Apogee South Beach, is having a grand-opening party on December 19. Unfortunately, I won’t be in town to catch the party, but the fact that they are having one shows me that they are confident that they will be delivering a spectacular product.