Nationwide Open House Weekend is June 4-5

Nationwide Open House WeekendJoin Prudential New Jersey Properties as we celebrate Nationwide Open House Weekend on June 4-5, 2011. The event, held by the National Association of Realtors, will give prospective home buyers the chance to view a number of homes on the market all in one weekend.

Who: YOU!
What: Nationwide Open House Weekend
Where: Open homes throughout the Garden State & the country!
When: Saturday, June 4th and Sunday, June 5th, 2011
Why: To find your new dream home or to sell your existing home ASAP

For more information about Nationwide Open House Weekend, visit the Real Story website here.

Open House Tips for BUYERS

Have a plan – open houses only last a few hours. Make a list of which properties you want to see, map them out and get directions so you know how to get from one to the other.

Wear comfortable shoes – when touring attics, basements and backyards you’ll come across many different surfaces.

Take notes – after seeing several homes it’s easy to confuse which homes had features you liked.

Working with a REALTOR®? Bring business cards. – Buyers working with a REALTOR® should notify the agent hosting the open house. A stack of your agent’s business cards can make exchanging contact information a breeze.


Open House Tips for SELLERS

Give your home curb appeal – The first thing buyers will see is the view from the street. Clean up old leaves or other debris. Consider planting a few spring flowers to make a walkway more appealing.

Remove the clutter – Work with your REALTOR® to stage the inside of your home. Removing clutter and personal items can help a buyer visualize the home for themselves.

Consider every offer – Buyers feel they are in the driver’s seat right now and may make a lower offer to see if they can get a deal. Be objective when considering offers. Consult your REALTOR® on what is the best counter offer. The initial offer is only a starting point in the negotiating process.

Visit other open houses – Use this opportunity to get out and start shopping for your next home.