338. Barrington House Talk – Do Open Houses Work?

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Weekend Open Houses in Barrington, Illinois

Home sellers frequently ask us whether it’s worth while to hold weekend open houses. Our answer is an emphatic ABSOLUTELY and there are two reasons why. The first has to do with our personal experience and the second involves some interesting new statistics from the National Association of Realtors.

Over the years, we have sold a number of properties to buyers who’ve visited our open houses and that simple fact speaks volumes. And consider these five key points about buyer behavior in 2010 from the National Association of Realtors’ 2010 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers.

  • 90 percent of buyers use the internet in their home search.
  • Of those buyers, 47 percent reported using open houses as an information source.
  • The length of the typical home search has remained the same at 12 weeks since 2009.
  • While searching, buyers on average looked at 12 homes before deciding on their purchase.
  • 2010 Buyers usually spent two weeks searching before they contacted an agent.

And what are they doing in those two weeks before contacting an agent?  Hitting the open houses in their desired neighborhoods.  That’s why, if you’re selling your home, it’s critical that you make showings easy, schedule open houses and make sure you hire a Realtor who uses every opportunity available to advertise the dates and times when your doors will be open.

Liz Luby Chepell 847-691-3150 Liz@365Barrington.com

If you’d like to learn more about how open houses can help your home sell, we’re happy to be a resource. When it comes to marketing properties, our program emphasizes market expertise and the latest technologies mixed with techniques that are tested, tried and true. It’s a unique service I offer with my partner, Suzanne Luby, and our team. Suzanne is one of the most experienced agents in Barrington, she has been selling homes here for about 25 years and she’s also my mom. Please call me anytime to talk real estate at 847-691-3150, or send me an email Liz@365Barrington.com. I’m always a phone call or an email away and I’m happy to help you accomplish your real estate goals.

In the meantime, here’s a a look at the full list of scheduled open houses in Barrington for this Sunday, March 6th, 2011. There are 11 on the list and most are open from 1-4PM. But one of these properties (678 W. Old Barn Road in North Barrington) is open from 12 until 3PM.  Call or email me if you’d like to know which homes are open tomorrow, Saturday. And if you visit any of these homes this Sunday, I’d love your feedback and be sure to let them know Liz sent you ;).

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