The good news: Our Open House was successful! It was a beautiful, sunny day (as shown in the picture) and we had over a dozen couples come to see our place. My husband hosted the hour and a half showing and said there was tons of great feedback. One woman didn’t realize that he was the owner and turned to him saying, “Wow, these people are neat freaks!” Ha! If she really knew me. Another couple thought our pictures online were so good, they came to get staging tips because they are looking to put their condo on the market FSBO as well. But the most promising was one duo who asked a zillion questions and another who took measurements for their home office and was overheard discussing their offer.

The bad news: No offer yet. Today is a day I wish I had a Realtor. I would love to get some industry gossip from a seasoned pro who can call their agent friends and find out what potential buyers are thinking. But I’ll try to be patient. Last time we did this, it was the quiet couple who didn’t ask one question who made the first — and winning — offer.

Oh, my husband was able to ask a few people where they found our listing and most said, which is the site we figured would be the biggest bang for our buck. This was great news, but we’re still contemplating getting into MLS. This would mean getting listed on the MLS-only and national websites, but also committing to paying a 2.5% broker fee (about $17,000). Right now, we’re sitting tight with our plan. But I’m curious, where do you do your real estate research: local or national websites? And which ones?