REALTOR® Nationwide Open House Weekend
REALTORS® across the country and here in Minnesota will be hosting the country’s largest open house weekend, Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, 2012. Open House Weekend is a great opportunity to bring buyers and sellers together – as well as to learn more about owning a home.
REALTORS® will be present at the open houses to offer expert insight into the local housing market and answer questions from consumers concerning the home buying and selling process. You can find an open house near you by checking with a REALTOR® or going online to search the areas you’re interested in.
Home Ownership Matters
Home sales in this country generate more than 2.5 million private-sector jobs in an average year. For every two homes sold, a job is created. Owning a home has long-standing government support in this country; homeownership benefits all of us, strengthens our communities, and is integral to our nation’s economy. Owning a home is one of the best ways to build long-term wealth, providing both equity accumulation and tax benefits over time. And, given today’s low interest rates and historic affordability, it makes sense for people to consider owning a home over renting.
Home Buying Tips
If you’re looking to buy a home – consider working with a REALTOR®. They are trusted resources for real estate information and can help you navigate the increasingly complex home buying process. Look for a REALTOR® who is knowledgeable in the area you’re interested in. Make sure your finances are in order. Look at your income, savings and credit report, and collect documentation of income and cash available to prepare for the mortgage application process. Getting pre-approved is a great step to help you know what you can afford to look at. It also lets sellers know you’re serious! Visit HouseLogic.com/buyandsell for more tips on buying a home or check out our recent post about buying a home in the spring.
Home Selling Tips
If you’re selling a home – leave the complex issues and paperwork to a REALTOR®. They have invaluable insights into what sells a home, along with the unique understanding of local markets, home features and buyer preferences. Here are some of our top tips for holding an open house and staging a home to sell.
Sellers should prepare their home for sale with an eye toward what appeals to today’s buyers. Enhancing curb appeal, showcasing areas like kitchens and bathrooms, and making sure the home is well-maintained and free of clutter will attract more buyers and can improve value.
What are your top tips for open houses? How many open houses have you been to in one day?
The Minnesota Association of REALTORS® is the largest professional trade association in the state with more than 19,000 members who are active in all aspects of the real estate industry.