Rather than being a buyer’s market or seller’s market in New York, open houses are attracting the voyeur market. Looking at real estate listings has become a spectator’s sport to see what the Joneses are up to. Almost half of the people going to open houses in New York are there to rummage in the closets, scarf down the free Hors d’œuvres, and look for decorating tips, according to a survey reported in The New York Post. A title company in the area also found that out of 200 people they sampled, some 57% of the open house attendees regularly check out the homeowner’s personal belongings, including artwork, clothing and notes on the refrigerator. In Dallas, I’ve even caught them snooping in medicine cabinets to see what the homeowners were taking. Sort of creepy isn’t it? What’s the most popular open house food in New York? Sushi. Looks like sushi and open houses are replacing dinner and a movie with most New Yorkers.
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