REALTORS® Open House Weekend

Attention Prospective Homebuyers:

REALTORS® around the nation will be holding open houses on the weekend of June 4 and 5, 2011 during REALTOR® Open House Weekend!  Thousands of people who have listed their home for sale will open their doors with a REALTOR® as host, for you to look around.

There are three ways to find which houses are open.  Stop by your local real estate office for a list of open houses, use this link to and search for a list of open houses or look for the REALTOR® balloon on area mailboxes, fences, railings etc.

The tax credit may be gone but interest rates are still low, home prices are lower and there is a variety of home choices available.

So get out and visit all the open houses in your area on June 4 and 5.  “After all one of the open houses you visit may be the one you’ve been looking for,” stated Alice Miranda, 2011 BNAR President.

Home Ownership Matters


  • Home owners are happier and healthier and enjoy a greater feeling of control over their lives.
  • Owning a home is one of the best ways to build long-term wealth. Historically, a home owner’s net worth has ranged from 31 to 46 times that of a renter.
  • Home owners are free to redecorate, renovate, and modify their homes as they wish.
  • Most home owners enjoy stable housing costs—a fixed-rate mortgage payment might not change for 15 to 30 years while rent typically increases 3% a year.
  • Home owners can typically deduct mortgage interest and property taxes on their federal individual income tax return.


  • People who own homes vote more, volunteer more and contribute more to their neighborhoods.
  • Home owners do not move as frequently as renters, providing more neighborhood stability. In turn, this stability helps reduce crime and supports neighborhood upkeep.
  • Children of home owners do better in school, stay in school longer, and are more likely to participate in organized activities and spend less time in front of the television.


  • 67% of American households are owner-occupied. America is a nation of home owners.
  • Home owners pay 80 to 90% of federal individual income taxes, contributing to federal programs that benefit all Americans.
  • Every home purchased pumps more than $60,000 into the economy for furniture, home improvements and related items.
  • Housing accounts for more than 15% of the national Gross Domestic Product, a key driver of our national economy.
  • For these reasons and more, home ownership is the American Dream!
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