Tag Archives: open houses

Too Good for Up Time?

In my pre-Realtor life, I looked upon the real estate industry with disdain.

Those people have no soul, no pride! Ugh, I would never waste two perfectly good weekend hours parked in an empty house like a bottom-feeder waiting for a tasty buyer to swim by. Or worse, fritter away an entire morning or afternoon as a volunteer secretary (aka Up Time, Floor Time, ‘Opportunity’ Time…). Where is their dignity? And really, how hard can this job be? The bar for entry is not exactly high. Someone as educated, brilliant, and worldly as myself could surely be running circles around the masses without much effort.

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Staging Your Home for Successful Open Houses

If have listed your home for sale, chances are you are anxious to hold some open houses and fill each hour with prospective buyers. But, just getting people to your open house is only the first step. When a person walks into your home, you want them to feel welcome, feel like they have walked into their dream home and to like what they see enough to put an offer on it. How do you do that? The secret is in the staging.

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August 27, 2013

5 Things About…Making the Open House Rounds

Open houses can be a stressful process for both buyers and sellers. But, as a buyer, if you’re going to take time out of your day to visit a home, it’s in your best interest to make it worth your while. If it’s your first time make an open-house circuit, check out our tips to make it as successful as possible.

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July 8, 2013

5 Things About… Preparing Your Home for a Showing

There’s a big difference between well-polished and well-maintained, and sometimes it can mean the difference between a sale and a pass. If you’re preparing your home for open houses and showings, there are a few cardinal rules to keep in mind.

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July 1, 2013

Are Open Houses Worth It? The Debate Continues…

Recently I read a Tweet and blog post from an Agent who believes that “Public Open Houses Are A Waste of Time For Sellers.” I read his arguments and disagree.  Here’s why…

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September 13, 2011


William Raveis Real Estate is excited to announce our April Open House Celebration!  On April 11th, 18th and 25th William Raveis will welcome spring with thousands of open houses occurring in four states: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York.  Be on the lookout for William Raveis Blue and come see what properties are available in your neighborhood, state or the northeast.  Bring your family and friends and be amongst the over 10,000 people expected to enjoy this unique showcasing of homes!

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This is a housing market we have not seen since 1974.  Key factors have merged to make a ripe real estate climate for you, the homebuyer.  Low interest rates, currently around the 4-5% range, provide the ability to purchase a mortgage at an exceptionally affordable level.  Housing values are still declining, though this should level off through the end of the year.  In addition, you still have time to take advantage of the homebuyer tax credit, expiring on April 30th, 2010.  William Raveis Real Estate understands these aligning factors are very helpful for first-time and repeat homebuyers.  Check out RAVEIS.com for additional information and to view all open house listings.

April 6, 2010

New Enhancements on the Ever-Progressive raveis.com

Traditionally homebuyers and sellers would have to wait 3 months to view quarterly reports on the housing industry. During a fluctuating market, statistics would become outdated and no longer accurate by the time they reached the consumer.

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January 15, 2009