Mark your calendars! The excitement is building! The REALTOR® Nationwide Open House Weekend is scheduled for April 10-11. So REALTORS® in Illinois, begin planning how you can take part in this national event. We will be working to build awareness about why now is a good time to buy.

NAR, IAR and state and local associations from across the country are going to do their part to promote this nationwide open house designed to showcase the vitality of the real estate market. But we need you to host the open houses to show off your listings. You won’t want to miss your opportunity to participate!

The REALTOR® Nationwide Open House Weekend will enable sellers to showcase their homes for sale and potential homeowners to shop for a home while interest rates are low, home prices are affordable and before the April 30 deadline for the federal homebuyer tax credit.

According to the IRS, buyers who wish to qualify for the tax credit must sign a contract to purchase a home on or before April 30, 2010, but have until June 30, 2010 to close on the home.

IAR encourages its members to share their plans for the REALTOR® Nationwide Open House Weekend. Write to: with the details and link here for event logos and graphics. We’ve got a celebration going on this April!