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Open House Cold Front Update: Four Reader Reports

Yesterday, we asked for reports from the open house front from Curbed readers currently in the market. A bunch of folks sent along their sense of the market; we've gathered a quartet—analyzing markets from $700,000 to $5 million-plus—after the jump. (The takeaway: things seem slow in Manhattan; outer boroughs having better luck.) If you're in the market and want to share your recent experiences, email us at

1) Open houses in Chelsea last weekend were slow. more often than not i was the only person at the dozen plus open houses i attended. then again, it was slim pickins and high prices. i'm surprised brokers can even manage a straight face with some of the obscenely priced claustrophobic crypts they're slinging over here.

2) I'm a broker on the UWS. Have been attending many open houses with buyers in the 1, 2 and 3 bedroom market with price points from $700,000 - $2,000,000. The last couple of weeks the open house apartments have been as bare of buyers as Lizzie Grubman's hoo hoo is of hair (you know the photo of which I speak).

3) I'm looking in the $5,000,000 plus bracket. (I managed to sell some large corporation some potentially useful idea.) It seems that this market is chasing the same few qualified buyers. While there is a lot of noise and ink about these properties, they just don't actually ah.. sell. I've seen lofts "new on the market' that have been available for over a year, from one agent or another. I've seen a lot of lofts that seems to make very little economic or aesthetic sense. Fortunately, I'm not in a hurry. I intend to live in this place for a while.

4) Got on offer on a place I'm selling in Clinton Hill within 1 week of it being listed. I didn't attend the open house, but the realtor didn't describe it as manic or desolate. Just called it a good turnout.