Twice as many Open Houses!

In case you didn’t know, this weekend [June 28, 2009] is WA Open House Weekend. Net result is if you are in the process of looking at houses to buy, or a seller looking to make comparisons with other homes on market, this Sunday you can double the effectiveness of your Sunday afternoon efforts.

According to my recent conversation on Twitter with @MattGoyer of Redfin, the number of Open Houses is about double the norm for Sunday, June 28th, 2009.

While Redfin site doesn’t have all the Open Houses due to the “block” put on the mls feature by some brokers, any agent can send you a link to hopefully more or even all, as long as the Open House data isn’t blocked agent to agent vs. broker to public sites, which they don’t seem to be. I will put a couple of those links into this post and can do more by request in the comments section. The links will only be good for 30 days, but for Open House purposes, that is more time than we need them to be accurate and working.

Some agents will decide on Sunday Morning (after reading this post) to participate in the event, so expect there to be at least 10% more Open Houses than are currently or eventually “visible”…possibly more.

I cordially invite you to visit me from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 28th at 519 Federal Avene E (rear unit) in Capitol Hill. I am extending the hours by two additional hours to accommodate those who will be attending the Gay Pride events in Seattle on Sunday, and will stay past five if someone arrives shortly before 5. The sellers also reduced the price by 5% even though we have only been on market a short time, to celebrate the Open House Event.

Here’s the current link for Open Houses around 519 Federal Ave. E. (area 390)directly from the MLS showing 74 Open Houses for Sunday at present.

My partner, Kim Harris, will be our at condo listing at Sundance – Klahanie in Issaquah on Sunday from 1-4 where the seller is offering to buy down the interest rate below 5% in honor of Open House Weekend. Here’s a link to the 26 open houses in Issaquah.

If you like to see houses, this is a good weekend to see more than usual in one trip!

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ARDELL is a Managing Broker with Better Properties METRO King County. ARDELL was named one of the Most Influential Real Estate Bloggers in the U.S. by Inman News and has 33+ years experience in Real Estate up and down both Coasts, representing both buyers and sellers of homes in Seattle and on The Eastside. email: cell: 206-910-1000

20 thoughts on “Twice as many Open Houses!

  1. Ardell- As of today, ALL open houses available in the NWMLS are displaying on This makes it super easy for the consumer because they can see all open houses on one website. Check it out at:

  2. Jerry,

    I couldn’t open the link in your comment. It was slow so I walked away and watched Bill Maher and part of Dave Letterman 🙂 When I returned it said “critical error occured”.

    Does it open for you?

  3. Thanks for the info, I will be attending some open houses in Portland as well since a few of my friends will be having them. Its supposed to be a gorgeous week so get out in the sun and see some homes!

  4. Portland Real Estate – This post is about yesterday. I removed the links to the Open Houses to avoid confusion regarding June 28th vs. future Open Houses.

  5. will display all open houses on the Northwest Multiple Listing Service starting July 1. Homebuyers can browse open houses by date and save a portfolio of flyers of the homes they want to visit.

  6. Sonja,

    Reminds me of the old saying, “If you can’t beat em; join em”. I’m very happy with the turnaround stance by the major brokers on this one.

    I know Coldwell Banker Bain changed and Windermere is implementing the change. Haven’t heard anything as to John L. Scott yet.

    Still, it’s kind of irrelevant as long as the “block” is removed by all brokers. In fact I think the mls should simply not permit a block so that the public can look at whatever site they want to.

    Many if not most of my clients use the Redfin site. Doesn’t bother me that they do. Pooled resources to one great site would be best if not better, IMO.

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