The link above is a great article on the uselessness of open houses in today's market. Is your agent selling you on the fact that they will do open houses? How many homes that they are sitting in have sold in the past year to someone that came in their open house? Is the agent sitting themselves or is it an agent that is working under them on a team trying to get a new prospect for just anything?
Opening your home in today's market invites the general public into your home. Who is the general public? EVERYONE. There is no way to see before they begin looking at your home if they are "pre-qualified", if they are already working with another agent, if they actually considering buying, etc. Many open house visitors are your neighbors that just want to see your house, strangers, and people looking for decorating ideas.
Today's buyers start searching for their home on line. If you want a buyer for your home make sure your agent has a great online presence and follows up with prospects promptly.