Spring is here and with it comes beautiful weather, longer days and the perfect opportunity to browse all of the fresh new inventory in the El Paso County real estate market. What better way to welcome a fruitful year of home buying and selling than with the Pikes Peak Association of REALTORS® (PPAR) Open House Weekend. The event, spanning from Saturday, April 29 to Sunday, April 30, is beneficial for REALTORS®, buyers and sellers alike.
For buyers, this is the weekend to get out and explore different neighborhoods that you’ve always been curious about. Whether you’re looking to buy a house in the near future, or are just looking to get your feet wet and “window shop,” you’re presented with a pressure-free and leisurely weekend to view gorgeous homes and weigh all of your options. Last year, more than half of the homes on the market participated in the event – that’s hundreds of homes opening their doors to the public in a single weekend. Buyers have a chance to receive expert advice from professionals in the field, and get all of their questions about home-ownership answered with tips, tricks and insights.
For sellers, the end of April is traditionally the start of the busy home selling season, so this is the ideal occasion to gain additional exposure. Homes participating in the Open House Weekend receive extra advertising, courtesy of PPAR, free of charge. This means extra visibility at peak time. Sellers who have participated in years past experienced an excellent turnout, and each year multiple homes are sold as a result. Sellers can also take advantage of the in-depth knowledge of the participating real estate professionals; and get their home in top shape for maximum returns.
REALTORS® have a chance to connect with an abundance of potential clients. In addition, if the REALTOR® has a listing that did not sell over the winter, this is the moment to put the home back into the limelight; and reach hundreds of prospective buyers that may be seeking a home just like it. It’s an encouraging and exciting time for REALTORS® throughout the Pikes Peak region.
PPAR motivates members to participate in this highly-anticipated annual event. The way it works is if a REALTOR® has a seller who is interested in participating, their selected open house day(s) and time(s) during the weekend will be set up in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and thereafter be automatically populated onto the public site at PPAR.com. From there, buyers can browse the homes – and participating homes will have an icon clearly indicating that they are a part of the open house weekend. By clicking the icon, the client is provided the listing as well as a ticket that they can print out, bring to the listing and hand over to the REALTOR® onsite to be entered into a drawing. Participants are entered to win a $500, $250 and $100 cash prize, with additional prizes for the real estate professionals assisting the winners.
This Pikes Peak Association of REALTORS® Open House Weekend is beneficial, informative and fun for all who take part. It sets the tone for the busy buying and selling season. Whether someone is downsizing, switching to a different school district or are simply eager to learn about different areas in the community, this event accommodates in a big way. Get involved today by visiting PPAR.com.