Realtor’s nationwide ‘home search’ ahead this weekend

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This weekend’s “nationwide open house,” heartily supported by Realtors throughout the region, is the homebuyers’ chance to tour many homes at one time ... and maybe close the deal on their own dream home. | FILE PHOTO

The 2013 Realtor Nationwide Open House Weekend will take place this Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21, with many Realtors extending invitations to potential home buyers to get out and see a variety of city and suburban homes.

Potential buyers may want to get out while an attractively priced inventory is still available. According to the latest monthly data, the February 2013 supply of single-family homes in the city of Chicago was down 46 percent compared to the same time last year, and the supply of condos was down 62.6 percent from February 2012. In addition to the number of homes on the market dropping, the home affordability in Chicago is also slowly going down.

“The current market renewal leaves no question about Chicagoans’ continued desire for homeownership,” said Realtor Zeke Morris, president of the Chicago Association of Realtors and Operating Principal and Managing Broker at Keller Williams Realty, CCG. “For anyone debating home buying in the near future, now is the time to act.”

“This is a real advantage to the public. They can go in without an appointment or obligation and look around, and they are able to see a lot,” said Frank Turk, marketing director for Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell, based in Joliet. “A lot of our agents are having open houses.”

The Greater Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors (GNIAR) members are also participating. Locally, open houses will be held at varied times throughout Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Jasper and Newton counties.

“This is the fourth year for this event. We’re excited for consumers to see what the local housing market has to offer. Northwest Indiana is an amazing place to call home for many reasons from our affordability, tax caps in our legislature, overall quality of life and diversity of this area and so much more,” said GNIAR Chief Executive Officer Peter Novak, Jr.

Realtor Nationwide Open House Weekend is a program designed to bring buyers and sellers together and provide an opportunity for Realtors to educate consumers in their communities about housing issues that matter most to them.

To see some of the local properties participating in the Realtor Nationwide Open House Weekend, contact a Chicago or suburban Realtor who can help you identify opportunities in any of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods, as well as the surrounding communities. In addition, search for Open Houses at

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. To learn more, visit us at