A house that is for sale gets the most attention the first day and week it is on the market. If a house is priced right and by right I don’t mean underpriced it will sell with multiple offers in a weekend. with or without an open house.
If the house is listed as “coming soon” and there is an open house the day the house becomes an active listing the open house is likely to be well attended. That is part of the point of having a home for sale “coming soon”.
Do not judge a house by how many people attend the first open house. Try not to pay too much attention to what others who are attending the open house are saying.
If at all possible ask your REALTOR for a private showing instead of attending an open house. Often it is easier to look a house when it isn’t full of people.
I could write a whole post about the people who are not planning on buying a house who go through open houses. They include neighbors and mothers who wish their children would buy a house in the neighborhood.
The demand for houses in St. Paul remains strong and they do sell quickly. The inventory of homes on the market is at historic lows but slowly increasing.