Find Your Dream Home during Nationwide Open House Weekend

AJC HomeFinder article by ABR Vice President DeAnn Golden | Sunday, April 22, 2012

If it’s springtime in Atlanta that must mean one thing – and it’s not the astronomically high pollen counts we’ve all been suffering through.  It is something much better:  Nationwide Open House Weekend (NOHW), Saturday, April 28th and Sunday, April 29th.

Created by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) in 2010, NOHW is a coast-to-coast event that throws open the doors to homes across nearly every community in the United States, including the metro-Atlanta area.  Open houses have traditionally been an important way for both sellers and buyers to get a realistic feel for the housing market. Sellers get to showcase features of their homes that are hard to capture in advertising and buyers get a feel of what it might be like to live in the homes. 

To find participating Open Houses, look for ads in the AJC or your local papers, log on to www.georgiaopenhouses.com and REALTOR.com, or check with the REALTOR® of your choice.  Whether you are actively searching or just contemplating if homeownership is right, this is a great, low pressure opportunity to get out and view the quality and affordability of homes in your preferred area.

For buyers, visiting open houses can help you find out what you can get for your money, and whether your expectations are realistic.  Benefits of attending an NOHW event include:

  • Touring the house at your own pace. Take your time and go back for a second look.
  • Use your imagination. Look past existing decorations and imagine your furniture and color schemes. Don’t let ugly paint turn you off, or be influenced by elegant appointments that won’t be there after moving day.
  • No house is perfect. There are compensating factors in every home. Focus on your priorities and decide which things you’re willing to give up and which ones are essential.
  • Tour the neighborhood. Remember to check out what’s around it, how far it is from amenities, and other quality-of-life issues that you’ve previously identified.

For sellers:

  • Declutter, clear countertops, clean out closets, basements and garages. Removing clutter and personal items shows the true depth of your space.
  • Lighten up. Wash windows and clean screens to let in more light; replace burned-out bulbs with the maximum wattage allowed to brighten rooms.
  • Don’t forget outside. Curb appeal is your home’s first impression. Take care of the lawn, landscaping, and gutters. The condition of the front door, walkway, and entrance show how well sellers take care of their property.
  • Set the stage. “Staging” applies to everything from sprucing up drab rooms with decorating touches to taking care of minor repairs that can turn buyers off, such as sticky doors, torn screens, or dripping faucets.
  • Safety first. Remove pets and lock up jewelry, medications, and money, or take them with you when you leave the home during the open house.

Sponsored regionally by the Atlanta Board of REALTORS®, this year’s event features record-breaking housing affordability conditions and a growing inventory of homes.  Whether you’re a buyer or seller, don’t miss this perfect time to find your dream home – National Open House Weekend, Saturday, April 28th and Sunday, April 29th.

DeAnn Golden is Vice President, Member Services, for the Atlanta Board of REALTORS® (ABR). She is also a  Managing Broker for Prudential Georgia Realty.  While less than 50% of active real estate licensees in Georgia meet the requirements to become REALTORS®, they constitute 90% of the top producing real estate firms and nearly 90% of the top agents.  Membership in ABR is the hallmark of quality, professionalism and production. All members subscribe to a strict code of ethics and conduct.  Before engaging a real estate professional, always be sure to ask if they're a REALTOR®.

Sunday, April 22, 2012
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