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Fran, Home Buyer in New Jersey

I am planning on looking at houses this weekend in Plainsboro, Princeton Junction, and Cranbury, where can I find out of there are any open houses?

Asked by Fran, New Jersey Thu Jan 14, 2010

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Kenneth Verbeyst’s answer
Fran, assuming you are working with an agent they can look up in mls, in addition often homes are opened up last opportunity with little advertising so look for signs. I strongly suggest you let your agent know you are going so they can give you their cards to present at the open houses. Other wise you may end up working with agents you didnt intend to work with. If you are not working with an agent yet, start interviewing. A good agent will save you a lot of time money and aggravation.

Kenneth "Ken" Verbeyst CRS GRI ABR SRES GREEN
Broker Associate
Prudential Fox & Roach
Princeton
licensed PA&NJ
ken@verbeyst.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 14, 2010
Hi Fran, you've gotten good suggestions - I would add Realtor.com and Trulia as well as Weichert.com. Assuming that the agents are inputting the Open House date, these online tools are terrific. Both Realtor.com and Trulia are fed directly by many/most brokerages. Weichert's site is a particularly "sticky" site because it is feature rich and makes searching for things like open houses and new listings simple.

Augment your online search with a check of the Sunday paper. Paper advertising is expensive - we still do it, but many brokeages have cut back so do check online. If you are aligned with a particular brokerage/agent, allow them to do some work for you here.

Having said all of this, the availability of information depends on the discipline of the listing agents to input data/advertise.

Good luck to you!
Best,
Jeanne Feenick
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 14, 2010
Hi Fran,

First, you can call the Orange Key Office in Monmouth Junction at 732-863-6969 for local information on Open Houses!

Second - Of Course on Trulia's first page... locate open houses by zip code.

Third, try http: http://www.openhouse.com this site does have open houses by zip code.. so be prepared.
This is loaded by offices updating their MLS and feed to openjouse.com.

And dead last...I would say Realtor.com... but they have become so heavy with the pop-up and in your face advertising that the site is not really that great for navigating and is a little frustrating.


Good Luck!

Any other questions feel free to call or Email!

John Sacktig
Broker /Manager
Orange Key Realty
Offfice: 732-863-6969
Cell:732-213-1409

JSacktig@orangekeyrealty.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 14, 2010
If you are working with an agent, the agent cam email you listings .Agents usually mention it in the mls.
If you have narrowed it down to neighborhoods , you can drive by the previous evening.Agents put up signs the previous day in many areas unless it is not allowed.
Agents advertise open houses in the Sunday newspaper.
There are sites such as Zillow, craigs list and trulia where you can look them up as well.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jan 30, 2010
Hi Fran,

Most buyers start their search for a new home on the internet. While this is a convenient starting point, when it comes down to getting serious about home shopping, the best way to fine tune your search is to work with a real estate agent who knows the area and can help you get past the "pretty pictures" and focus on your specific needs and wants.

So the bottomline is, if you are ready to make a decision about the best location and home for YOU, I would suggest you find a good Realtor to help you shop. Your Realtor will help you select the current and future Open Houses that might fit what you are looking for and let you know of homes that may be coming on the market in the near future that you might like.

Gloria @ Coldwell Banker
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 17, 2010
Also try openhousenorthjersey.com. Between all these, you should have plenty to look at!

-Marc

Marc Paolella
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 14, 2010
Most of the internet sites have them--Trulia, Zillow, etc. You can also search Realtor.com as some companies will put them up there as well as on their company websites.
In my area, the local newspapers have online classifieds, so you might want to try there, too.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 14, 2010
Fran,

The two best avenues for scheduled open houses are the newspaper real estate section and by contacting offices directly. Some may have lists available to be picked up at the office while others may have this information posted on their website.

Good luck
The Eckler Team
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 14, 2010
Hello,
Some places to check are the newpaper, weichert.com, and realtor.com. Lastly Fran, if you connect with a realotr in that area, they will send emails to you based on your home buying needs and assist you with your search.
Good Luck to you!
Pamela El-Ghoul
Weichert Realtors
732-577-0440
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 14, 2010
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