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.


Real Estate Transfers For July 17-23

NOTICE: The Hamilton County Register’s Office did not publish this data. All information in the Register’s Office is public information as set out in T.C.A. 10-7-503. For questions regarding this report, please call Chattanoogan.com at 423 266-2325. GI numbers, listed when street addresses are not available, refer to the location of transactions (book number and page number) ... (click for more)

Realtors See Some Positives In June Sales Figures

Officials of the Chattanooga Association of Realtors said they see some positives in June sales figures. Officials said, "Upon first review of our June residential market statistics, housing seemed to have had a slow start in the spring selling season. But don’t let appearances deceive. As you dig into that spring soil, you begin to unearth differences in individual areas and ... (click for more)

Harr Outlines $40 Million Plan For Chattanooga Light Rail System

Outgoing Chamber of Commerce President Ron Harr on Monday outlined a $40 million plan for a Chattanooga light rail system that would serve not only downtown, but also the Airport and the Enterprise South Industrial Park. In a speech to the Chattanooga Engineers Club, Mr. Harr said most cities looking at such an ambitious plan "would be facing costs of over a billion dollars." ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Choo Choo Adding Clubs, Restaurants In $7 Million Renovation

The historic Chattanooga Choo Choo is adding clubs and restaurants in a $7 million renovation, it was announced in front of the South Market Street landmark on Monday morning. The Comedy Catch will be moving from its longtime home in Brainerd and there will be a new 500-person music venue that will be in addition to Track 29. The new venue, managed by Track 29, will feature a ... (click for more)

Senator Bob Corker: An Open Letter To Tennesseans

We are incredibly fortunate to live in a state in which companies worldwide are clamoring to establish a presence. Many attribute it to our pro-business culture, well-prepared workforce, low tax environment, right-to-work policies, and engaged citizenry.  That is why the announcement by Volkswagen to build its midsize sports utility vehicle and establish the South’s ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘Our’ American Minute

William J. Federer is one of the leading historians in the United States and every morning I am among thousands of people who get an entertaining email from him called the “American Minute.” I adore it because Bill takes a significant event in American history that happened long ago – but he remembers on the very anniversary of when it occurred. A great example is that last Thursday ... (click for more)