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Open house blitz brings out potential buyers, and sellers

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More than 5,000 homeowners opened their doors for the Long Island and Queens Realtor Open House Weekend.

More than 350 real estate offices participated in the event Saturday and Sunday, inviting the public in for refreshments, giveaways and free advice. “I think this weekend helped to educate them about the tax credit, how they can apply for it and additional rebates and credits that are available if they buy a house and are going to do improvements," says Kathy Engel, president of the Long Island Board of Realtors.

She says some agents she spoke to had lines of visitors to homes.

“It increased the excitement and attendance at my open houses this weekend,” says Kathy Evangelista of Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

And it wasn’t just buyers who showed up. “There was a tremendous amount of interest from sellers at the offices," says Engel, adding, "Some of them are very nervous -- they’d like to sell, but didn’t know the process… This gave us an opportunity to open the doors and have them ask questions with no obligation, which of course is typical, but this was a bit more relaxed."

About 30,000 single-family homes, condos and co-ops are currently on the market on Long Island and in Queens.

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