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.


Mike Croxall: Buyers Prefer New Homes In The Suburbs

A majority of home buyers in the Chattanooga area prefer a new home to an existing one, and 65% want that home to be in the suburbs, according to new research and surveys conducted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The 2017 study, “Home Buyer Preferences: Age, Income, and Other Factors,” is based on a survey of recent and prospective home buyers, providing ... (click for more)

Center For Sports Medicine And Orthopaedics Is First Tenant For New 20-Acre Ringgold Development

Armour Commercial Real Estate and the Catoosa County Development Authority announced the first tenant for a 20-acre site being jointly developed as part of a public/private partnership and located just off of Georgia Highway 2-A in Ringgold, Ga. The Center for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics will open a satellite location at the site located on Hwy 2-A across from Battlefield Imaging. ... (click for more)

Finley Stadium Board Members Step In After Paul Smith, Staff Depart

Members of the board of directors of the Finley Stadium Corporation have been filling in and dividing tasks related to running the facility since Paul Smith, past executive director, and his staff resigned at the end of February. Mr. Smith has been credited for the financial turn-around of Finley Stadium, which at one time had to be subsidized by the city of Chattanooga and Hamilton ... (click for more)

Firefighters Extinguish Fire At Senior Living Apartment Complex On Highway 58; 1 Resident Falls During Evacuation

A fire broke out at a senior living facility on Highway 58 Tuesday afternoon. At  2:50 p.m. , several agencies responded to the Silver Tree apartments (formerly known as Napfe Towers) at 5465 Highway 58. Th Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene and reported heavy smoke coming from the sixth floor of the nine-story building. The Highway ... (click for more)

Slaxxon Regret - And Response

Back in the seventies my three oldest brothers had a buddy named Steve Slack. “Slack” was a star soccer player at Baylor and he grew up on Lookout Mountain, which is where I grew up. He and Jimmy, Henry and Bill went to the University of Virginia where they were roommates in an old, beat up house that was painted pink. Naturally, the place became known as the “Pink Palace” but lest ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Oh Yes, I Loved West

One of my most beloved friends died early Saturday morning at the age of 67. Then again, West Oehmig’s only brother – King – died a couple of years ago at 63 so it wasn’t by happenstance I remembered Abraham Lincoln’s famous line: “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.” Here are two brothers who lived larger than any other pair I can ... (click for more)