Opening day for the spring housing market

It was a bit like opening day at the ballpark last weekend with the REALTOR® Nationwide Open House a kickoff for the spring housing market. We heard from hundreds of Illinois REALTORS® who held open houses April 10-11. In Peoria alone, more than 200 open houses were publicized in four pages of the Central Illinois Homes Guide. Kewanee Real Estate held a series of 18 “15-Minute Open Houses” in Kewanee and Stark County, according to broker-owner Melodee Yaklich.

REALTOR® Tina Cannova of Preferred Real Estate in Freeport promoted the Nationwide Open House in the monthly office newsletter, local newspapers and radio. Says Cannova: “It went well. Lots of participation from our agents, buyers and sellers. A few contracts were actually written.”

It was the first year for the REALTOR® Nationwide Open House Weekend timed to remind buyers of the looming April 30 tax credit deadline for the $8,000 first-time buyer and the $6,500 long-time homeowner tax credits. 

Here are more comments from IAR members about Open House Weekend:

“Many people are renting and now they are ready to buy. Lots of prospective buyers, new leads. It was just great!” – REALTOR® Eva Dabrowski, Prudential Rubloff, Libertyville

“I had many people visiting both open houses I hosted during that weekend. I think that Nationwide Open House weekend is a great opportunity for both REALTORS® and people looking to buy a house.” – REALTOR® Ursula Depczyk, Baird & Warner, Schaumburg

“We had 16 people come through and we are working on an offer now. I’m very pleased with the results.” – REALTOR® W. Todd Salen, Ramshaw Real Estate, Champaign

“The second open house on Sunday had two couples come to see a condo in the Tinley Park area. They both loved the condo and are considering making an offer. My sellers were very pleased.” – REALTOR® Jody A. Kelly, Wm.C.Groebe REALTORS®, Palos Heights

“We have hosted a company-wide spring-time open house event for several years. This date fit perfectly with our plans. It’s a perfect event to get our engines fired up and bring attention to the work we do in our communities.” – REALTOR® Pamela Brown, Daniel & Associates Real Estate, West Chicago

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About Ann Londrigan

Ann Londrigan is Director of Association Outreach and Marketing for the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. She is responsible for increasing member engagement in and awareness for IAR Governmental Affairs and the RVOICE program as well as increasing participation in the REALTORS® Political Action Committee. She is responsible for overall marketing plans for IAR member benefits, educational products and events and is the content manager for IAR's Facebook page and LinkedIn discussion group. She manages the IAR Welcome Center, serves as staff liaison to the University of Illinois Regional Economics Applications Laboratory, and coordinates the IAR housing stats program.

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