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For Immediate Release                    

March 2, 2011
Staff Contact
Melanie Green, Communications Director
Voice (904) 394-9494, ext. 1204
Fax (904) 398-8025

NEFAR President
Dane Leslie
Voice (904) 288-6205

Second Annual Statewide Open House Weekend Slated For March 26 - 27

1,000+ open houses planned for Northeast Florida alone during two-day event.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - To offer buyers the convenience of touring as many homes as they care to in just one weekend, members of the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors are gearing up to host an anticipated 1,000+ open houses March 26 - 27, as a part of the second annual Florida Open House Weekend. The statewide event is the largest open house weekend event in the nation.

It's a great opportunity for buyers and sellers alike. Sellers benefit from increased traffic and buyers like the convenience of touring numerous open houses in a short time frame. While the event is a fun way to attract buyers and help them learn more about what is available in the local housing market, the savings of time and gas is especially helpful in the current economy.

"Potential home buyers typically spend numerous hours - often taking up lots of limited weekend time - looking for a home," says 2011 NEFAR president Dane Leslie. "By having a designated weekend where more than a thousand available properties hold open houses simultaneously, there is a real return on time investment, especially for the serious buyer."

Blue balloons featuring the signature Realtor "R" in white will be displayed at open houses throughout Florida that are participating in the Florida Open House Weekend. While the balloons constitute a signature event look, consumers do not need to waste time and gas driving around in a balloon search. A real-time, updating roster of all local March 26 - 27 open houses is available on the home page of the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors' Web site: www.NEFAR.com.

The searchable roster is interactive, allowing searches by price, region, area, city, zip code, number of bedrooms or bathrooms and more. Open house addresses, photos and home details are also provided. Important: The open house roster became active March 2. As the Florida Open House Weekend draws closer, the list will increase significantly as additional open houses are added right up until the event begins. Consumers are encouraged to check the list frequently for newly added properties in which they may be interested; making their final selections to visit just prior to Florida Open House Weekend.

Editors: Where possible, please mention or include the link to the list of open houses in your publications, Web sites, blogs, social media outlets, etc. as this is the crux of the event locally. An event logo is also attached, in both gif and eps formats.

The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors provides professional development, political advocacy, professional standards administration, media relations, and promotional activities and exchange of information among its members. NEFAR serves as the voice for real estate in northeast Florida; serving the public through efforts to protect private property rights and community affairs programs. NEFAR is Northeast Florida's largest professional association, comprising more than 4,800 members working in all facets of the real estate industry, including residential and commercial sales as well as property management. NEFAR is headquartered in Jacksonville, with satellite Service Centers in Orange Park, Jacksonville Beach, Palatka and World Golf Village.

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