NJAR to Host ‘Open House Weekend’ on April 2 & 3

The New Jersey Association of Realtors (NJAR) will host its 2001 Open House Weekend on April 2 & 3. This weekend will be a great time for prospective home buyers to see multiple homes in their areas of interest all in one weekend. In addition, the event will give home owners with their houses on the market a chance to showcase their homes to a number of buyers.

Who: YOU!
What: New Jersey Open House Weekend
Where: Open homes throughout the Garden State
When: Saturday, April 2nd and Sunday, April 3rd, 2011
Why: To find your new dream home or to sell your existing home ASAP



from RealStoryNJ.com

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.