Springtime ushers in open-house season

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The sunny spring weather has open house signs popping up all over town.

There were 20 open houses scheduled for March 31 and April 1 as of Wednesday morning on the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors website.

“The last two weeks in a row, I’ve had open houses,” said George Nehme, an agent with Platnum Group Realtors. “We’ve had some pretty good responses.”

This is a popular time of year for open houses, said Scott Sufak, a Realtor with Re/Max Real Estate Group. People generally start their home searches in the spring.

The spring and summer are the busiest times of year in the real estate industry, with families wanting to move between school years. And it usually kicks off with National Open House Weekend, which is April 28 and 29 this year. But area Realtors are already putting up signs and making lemonade.

“I’ve been doing open houses pretty regularly the last few weeks,” Sufak said.

He said interest has been up quite a bit from last spring and more people are coming to his open houses.

They’re not just coming to check out the properties either, Nehme said. They seem to be in the market to buy. He’s seen more genuine interest this year than he expected.

“You rarely sell the listing that you’re showing,” he said. “It does happen, but it’s rare.”

He always researches nearby listings with different amenities to show potential buyers if the house they’re looking at isn’t a fit.

Both Sufak and Nehme say they advertise the open houses through notes on the multiple listing service and sites like Trulia and Zillo. They also get a lot of interest from directional signs on the street.

“Open houses are a great opportunity for exposure for the homes,” Nehme said. “I’m limited in how much I can put on the MLS.”

Opening the house up to the public lets people see the house firsthand.