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Are Open Houses Obsolete?

AP By Brendon DeSimone Listing agents often argue that in our digital world, open houses are a waste of time. The majority of people who attend are nosy neighbors, 'looky-loos,' or other types of tire-kickers. Instead, their argument goes, serious buyers today don't want to wait for an open house. When someone likes a... Continue Reading »

Open Houses of the Week: July 7-8

There's nothing quite like the lure of an open house sign. Granted, you might not be in the neighborhood (or tax bracket) for many of these outstanding properties, but there's still plenty to admire -- even from the comfort of your swivel chair. From coast to coast -- and everything in-between -- we lay down the welcome... Continue Reading »

Open Houses of the Week: June 30 - July 1

There's nothing quite like the lure of an open house sign. Granted, you might not be in the neighborhood (or tax bracket) for many of these outstanding properties, but there's still plenty to admire -- even from the comfort of your swivel chair. From coast to coast -- and everything in-between -- we lay down the welcome... Continue Reading »

Open Houses of the Week: June 16-17

There's nothing quite like the lure of an open house sign. Granted, you might not be in the neighborhood (or tax bracket) for many of these outstanding properties, but there's still plenty to admire -- even from the comfort of your swivel chair. From coast to coast -- and everything in-between -- we lay down the welcome... Continue Reading »

Open Houses of the Week: March 31-April 1

There's nothing quite like the lure of an open house sign. Granted, you might not be in the neighborhood (or tax bracket) for many of these outstanding properties, but there's still plenty to admire -- even from the comfort of your swivel chair. From coast to coast, and everything in-between, we lay down the welcome mat... Continue Reading »

Open Houses of the Week: Homes for the Holidays

There's something about that "Open House" sign that acts like a magnet. Whether you're looking for a new place to live, keeping tabs on real estate in your neighborhood, or just angling for a sneak peek at someone else's private domain, the lure of an open door is strong indeed. With the holiday season in full gear, this... Continue Reading »

Open Houses of the Week: Scary Good

There's something about that "Open House" sign that acts like a magnet. Whether you're looking for a new place to live, keeping tabs on real estate in your neighborhood, or just angling for a sneak peek at someone else's private domain, the lure of an open door is strong indeed. In honor of Halloween, we'll explore some... Continue Reading »

Open Houses of the Week: Where the Jobs Are

There's something about that "Open House" sign that acts like a magnet. Whether you're looking for a new place to live, keeping tabs on real estate in your neighborhood, or just angling for a sneak peek at someone else's private domain, the lure of an open door is powerful. In honor of AOL Jobs Week, we're highlighting... Continue Reading »

Open Houses of the Week: Oct. 1-2

There's something about that "Open House" sign that acts like a magnet. Whether you're looking for a new place to live, keeping tabs on real estate in your neighborhood, or just angling for a sneak peek at someone else's private domain, the lure of an open door is powerful. This weekend we travel the country in search of... Continue Reading »

Lookie, It's National Open House Weekend

Stopping in on open houses is a great weekend pastime, especially if there is no Sunday football to watch on TV. And the National Association of Realtors says that nearly half of all homebuyers visit open houses during their home search. So in the spirit of getting the other half out there, NAR has declared this weekend... Continue Reading »

Open Houses : Good Way to Get Robbed?

When your home is for sale and you hold an open house, potentially hundreds of people may walk through. Some are not just viewing your granite countertops and soaring vaulted ceilings, but also are eyeing your antique china, pearl necklace, and credit card statements. That may be because you have left these items in plain... Continue Reading »

For Sale by Owner: Answer These 5 Questions First

When John Ullman wanted to sell his Portland, Ore. home 20 years ago, he knew he was going to have trouble selling it through conventional channels. "My wife was a potter, and we had a kiln in the backyard," he recalled. "By anyone's standards, that's a liability." By anyone's standards except another potter. So rather... Continue Reading »

Open House Invitation: Take Off Your Shoes!

It doesn't take much to scare off homebuyers these days, especially when it comes to open houses. The New York Times reports that New York City apartment sellers who ask buyers to remove their footwear before touring a property sometime risk turning them off before they even have a look around. Open houses gain most of... Continue Reading »

Open House: When It's Worth It -- or Not

To help sell her Austin, Texas condo, Tara Akins held a series of weekend open houses. Despite the fact that they were "well attended," according to her real estate agent, the eventual buyer came not from one of the open houses but through a private showing. For many sellers, that's how the home-selling process unfolds.... Continue Reading »

Open Houses Puzzle British Home Buyers

The English newspaper the Financial Times had an (inadvertently) quaint article on Friday about "a sales technique known as the open house." Obviously written for a British audience, the article cracked me up with lines such as: "To succeed, the practice needs a pro-active realtor or vendor to whip up enthusiasm among... Continue Reading »

How to Spring Clean for a Successful Home Sale

Putting your house on the market? Before the "For Sale" sign goes up, give your property the ultimate spring cleaning. When it comes to showcasing your home for sale, there's no such thing as a house that's too clean. "The house has got be cleaner than Christmas," advises Los Angeles-based Sotheby's real estate agent... Continue Reading »

Fake Family Busted for Open-House Robberies

Next time you hold an open house, hide the jewelry. Baltimore police recently arrested a duo posing as father and son who've been robbing open houses in the Washington, D.C. area, according to ABC 2 News. At the time of arrest, one of them had jewelry from that home in his pocket. Fifty-one-year-old John Palmer Jr., of... Continue Reading »

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