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5 Things to Know About Open Houses

By Beth Braverman Open houses are a great source of information about the property, neighborhood and local markets. Nearly half of real-estate buyers go to one. 1. Look Past Window-Dressing A full 94 percent of sellers do some "staging," such as repainting or bringing in new furniture, says Coldwell Banker. "You can... Continue Reading »

If This California Open House Is Evidence, Housing Boom Is Back (VIDEO)

If you're doubting all the hoopla that the housing market is back, here's some evidence you can see with your own eyes. In a video of a recent open house in the San Diego neighborhood of Rancho Penasquitos posted to the blog Calculated Risk, a "frenzy" of homebuyers descend on a newly listed home in droves. "Jim the... Continue Reading »

Open Houses: How to Gauge the Market on a Home Tour

By Jill Krasny As the housing market slowly improves, more consumers are finding themselves in the market for a new home, or at least one worth dreaming about. One place they start their search is an open house tour, though they can forget these are helpful for more than just checking out the kitchen's color... Continue Reading »

Open Houses of the Week: June 23-24

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 17-18

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: March 2-4

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: Jan. 27-29

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. From a sumptuous mansion in the proper... Continue Reading »

Open Houses of the Week: Jan. 20-24

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. From a gorgeous Tudor just minutes from... Continue Reading »

Open Houses of the Week: Jan. 7-8

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. Kick off the new year with a bang, as we... Continue Reading »

Open Houses of the Week: Dec. 17-18

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 holidays fast approaching, we take... Continue Reading »

Open Houses of the Week: The Best-Run States

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. This week, we delve into 24/7 Wall Street's... Continue Reading »

Open Houses of the Week: Veterans Day Special

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 Veterans Day, this week we... Continue Reading »

Open Houses of the Week: Trick or Treat Edition

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 undeniable. With Halloween around the corner, this week we... Continue Reading »

Open Houses of the Week: Markets on the Rise

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 week, we look at open houses in some of the... Continue Reading »

Latest Open House Bait: Botox and Thai Massages

With the real estate market in the doldrums -- and many agents leaving the business because of it -- getting those left to come to Realtor open houses has become an art of one-upmanship. We've seen catered affairs that put weddings to shame, live music, and gourmet cakes in the shape of the house decorated with the... Continue Reading »

Best Fall Open Houses: Sept. 24-25

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. On this, the first official weekend of fall, we... Continue Reading »

Open Houses of the Week: Sept. 17-18

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 round up open houses in the... Continue Reading »

Video House Tours: Have They Gone Too Far?

Some real estate agents are looking to transform the industry by turning virtual video house tours into online mini-movies, complete with actors -- or just starring themselves. Video house tours are said to help peak a buyer's interest in a property. In fact, the 2010 National Assocation of Realtors Profile of Home Buyers... Continue Reading »

Super Bowl Sunday: Good Day for Open Houses?

Home sellers and buyers expect Sunday open houses, but when it comes to Super Bowl Sunday, things can get a little dicey. There are some determined buyers (and perhaps desperate sellers) who are willing to venture an open house on Feb. 6. And why not? After all, the game doesn't start until the evening, after most open... 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 »

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 »

Rich Stoop to

"How'd you get so rich?!" Now Angelenos have a new reason to get off the sofa, onto the freeway, and ask that question. In an unusual move, Los Angeles real estate agents are hosting the mansion version of open houses, reports The Los Angeles Times. The public is free to come inside and see properties marketed at $10... Continue Reading »

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