Hundreds of agents, brokers, prospective homeowners, and members of the public gathered for The Real Estate Board of New York’s (REBNY) 2nd Annual Upper Manhattan Committee Harlem Open House Expo this past weekend on April 5 and 6, 2014.Encouraged by two consecutive days of gorgeous springtime weather, crowds packed into the Corner Social Restaurant in Harlem for an information session where they were welcomed by DeAnna Reiber and Brian Phillips, co-chairs of REBNY’s Upper Manhattan Committee, and consulted with representatives from Chase Home Mortgage, sponsor of the Expo, about their home-buying questions. Expo attendees also participated in a raffle to win gift certificates to local restaurants before embarking on a tour of Harlem’s hottest condos, co-ops and town houses for sale. The exclusive viewings included properties within East Harlem, Central Harlem, West Harlem and Hamilton Heights.
“It was a great weekend,” said DeAnna Rieber, Associate Broker for Halstead Property. “The Harlem Open House Expo is a win-win for Harlem and for buyers, and that’s really the point – to showcase the neighborhood and make the search easier for buyers.”
“The buying public had the unique opportunity to view many homes in Upper Manhattan over the course of one weekend,” said Brian Philips, Associate Broker for Douglas Elliman. “The Expo was certainly a success and participating agents reported dozens of visitors at their listings during both Saturday’s and Sunday’s open houses.”
Expo participants were also encouraged to contribute to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City to assist survivors of the East Harlem Explosion. The fund has already raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for those affected by the recent East Harlem building collapse. “REBNY is proud supporter of the relief efforts and we were honored to raise support for a fund that is so close to our hearts,” Rieber added.
Victims seeking services should contact Safe Horizon’s 24 hour hotline at 886-689-HELP (4357) to learn more. New Yorkers who wish to contribute to the effort should call 311 or visit the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City website: www.nyc.gov/fund.
For information on past and upcoming REBNY events, please visit www.rebny.com.
Photo credit: Harlem Open House Expo with Brian Phillips, TheMobileBroker® Real Estate In The Big Apple and Dee Rieber.