As the spring home buying season kicks off, Realtors® will host thousands of open houses in neighborhoods across the country during Realtor® Nationwide Open House Weekend.

On June 5, Realtors® in Carbon County invite buyers to visit some of the many open homes throughout the area where they can learn more about homeownership.

"This nationwide event not only brings buyers and sellers together, but also it provides an opportunity for Realtors® to connect with consumers in their community about the housing issues that matter most to them," said Darla Kravetz, Carbon County Association of Realtors president. "Realtors® will be on hand to answer any questions consumers have about the buying process and local market conditions."

As the country continues to feel the effects of the recession and unemployment rates, many have pointed to housing as a key economic driver. It is estimated that for every two homes sold, private-sector jobs are created.

In addition, each home sale at the median price pumps a total of $60,000 into the economy over time.

"Homeownership creates jobs and is essential to a full economic recovery," said Kravetz. "Every time a home is built, bought or sold, jobs are created and money is pumped into the economy. Housing isn't the only thing that will restore our nation's economy, but it will play a critical role."

According to a survey by the National Association of Realtors® nearly eight out of 10 Americans believe buying a home is a good financial decision. Two-thirds of survey respondents said they believe now is still a good time to buy. A majority of renters also said that owning a home is a priority in their future.

"Homeownership is an investment in your future," said Kravetz. "And Realtors® know what matters most to buyers and sellers in this area. They have the expertise and experience to help sellers protect their investment and help buyers build theirs."

Homes will be open on June 5, 12 to 3 p.m. A complete list of homes will be advertised in the TIMES NEWS on June 4.

You can also view the Open House Facebook page at Carbon County Wide Open House /Spring 2011.