Media Advisory

2012 Nationwide Open House Weekend Can Rev Up Your Home Search! Get Out on April 28-29 and See Some of Chicagoland's Great Choices

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 2, 2012

With the variety of attractively priced properties on the market and near-historic low interest rates, it’s a great time to buy a home. The 2012 REALTOR® Nationwide Open House Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, will be an easy opportunity for potential buyers to explore homes for sale in a stress-free environment.

Open houses are an important part of the home search process. In fact, surveys show that nearly half of home buyers visit an open house when they are looking to buy a home. Take advantage of this weekend event to get out, tour homes and engage real estate professionals with questions about the benefits, costs and responsibilities associated with home ownership.

"This spring offers exciting opportunities for buyers looking to invest in their first homes and current owners who are considering a change in lifestyle,” said Bob Floss broker/owner of Bob Floss & Son Realty and president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS®. “For anyone exploring, April 28-29 will be a great time to see a range of homes in different neighborhoods and discuss the market with local experts."

To see some of the local properties participating in the REALTOR® Nationwide Open House Weekend, contact a Chicago REALTOR® who can help you identify opportunities in any of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods. In addition, a searchable Open House Directory will be available April 25-29 at ChicagoTribune.com. You will find tips for making to most of your visits to open houses on the Chicago Association of REALTORS® Web site, ChicagoREALTOR.com.

REALTOR® Nationwide Open House Weekend is a partnership of the Chicago Association of REALTORS®, local real estate brokerages and individual REALTORS®, the National Association of REALTORS®, and other state and local associations.

The Chicago Association of REALTORS® is the “Voice for Real Estate®” in Chicago since 1883, representing nearly 11,000 members from all real estate specialties including commercial sales, development, property management, appraisal, auctions and residential sales. Visit us online at www.ChicagoREALTOR.com.

Contacts

Barbara Matthopoulos
Senior Director of Communications & Media Relations
Office: (312) 214-5511
Cell: (312) 730-4950
bmatthopoulos@chicagorealtor.com

Meredith Morris
Senior Communications Specialist
Office: (312) 214-5536
Cell: (312) 828-5347
mmorris@chicagorealtor.com

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