GCAR Kicks Off Busy Spring Season With 1st Annual Open House Weekend - More Than 250 Homes Open

Friday, May 16, 2014

The Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors kicks off the busy spring home buying season with the first annual Greater Chattanooga Area Open House Weekend.

Held during what is already the most active real estate season, the event is expected to drive the largest open house weekend of the year. Realtors will host more than 250 open houses on Saturday and Sunday across the Chattanooga and Northwest Georgia areas.

“Open House Weekend offers a fantastic opportunity for both buyers and sellers to make the most of the spring real estate market,” said Vicki Trapp, president of the Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors. “Our realtors will be out in full force sharing some of the most sought-after homes in the area.”

Approximately 45 percent of all homebuyers use open houses as a resource for finding their next home, according to a 2014 study by the National Association or Realtors. Additionally, 90 percent of those who attend open houses find them useful in the home buying process.

“By facilitating interactions between buyers, sellers and realtors, we can help to push the Greater Chattanooga area home market into the right direction,” Ms. Trapp said. “Borrowing costs are extremely affordable right now, making this spring season a prime occasion for buyers to find their new home.”

GCAR is also partnering with Association member Good Guys Moving to provide the chance for open house visitors to win a free move (up to $500) from the Chattanooga moving company. In order to enter, visitors must:

1.     Visit one of the GCAR open houses on Saturday or Sunday.

2.     Take a photo of themself outside of the house with the blue and white balloons.

3.     Share a photo on social media (either Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest with #gcaropenhouse.

4.     The winner will be announced on Monday via the GCAR Facebook and Twitter pages.

This first annual event is an extension of the National Open House Weekend that was previously managed by the National Association of REALTORS®. The Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors plans to continue the tradition in the Chattanooga and Northwest Georgia markets to bring the benefits of touring homes to both buyers and sellers.

To see a complete list of all open houses visit openhouses.gcar.net.


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