by John B. Leonardi
The National Association of Realtors is kicking off the home buying season as Realtors will host thousands of open houses in neighborhoods across the country this weekend during Realtor Nationwide Open House Weekend. On April 28 and 29, Realtors in the Western New York area invite buyers to visit some of the many open homes throughout the area where they can learn more about home ownership. In Western New York, there will be more than 750 open houses this weekend.
This nationwide event not only brings buyers and sellers together, but also it provides an opportunity for Realtors to connect with consumers in their community about the housing issues that matter most to them. Realtors will be on hand to answer any questions consumers have about the buying process and local market conditions. As the country continues to feel the effects of the recession and unemployment rates, many have pointed to housing as a key economic driver. It is estimated that for every two homes sold, one private-sector jobs are created. In addition, each home sale at the median price pumps a total of $60,000 into the economy over time.
Home ownership creates jobs and is essential to a full economic recovery, every time a home is built, bought or sold, jobs are created and money is pumped into the economy. Housing isn't the only thing that will restore this nation's economy, but it will play a critical role.
According to a survey by the National Association of Realtors, nearly eight out of 10 Americans believe buying a home is a good financial decision. Two-thirds of survey respondents said they believe now is still a good time to buy. A majority of renters also said that owning a home is a priority in their future.
Home ownership is an investment in your future. And Realtors know what matters most to buyers and sellers in this area. They have the expertise and experience to help sellers protect their investment and help buyers build theirs. Want to know which houses will be open this weekend? Stop by your local real estate office and a grab a copy of 2findyourhome, or go online to www.2findyourhome.com and search all area listings. Keep your eye out for a Realtor and open house balloons on area fences, railings, mailboxes, etc.
Get out and visit an open houses this weekend. You'll be glad you did.