Summer is peak season for home selling—but also for barbecues, vacations, and long, lazy beach days. In other words, there are lots of things to distract even the most diligent would-be buyers. And that’s not even counting those dog days when it’s too hot to even venture out to view homes.

But for home sellers who are eager to drum up an offer before Labor Day, having their sale sidelined isn't an option. And luckily, there's plenty you can do to lure buyers through your door. Check out these five smart tips for getting buyers to brave the heat and squeeze your house into their summer schedule.

1. Embrace 'rush hour' traffic

Long weekends out of town are the stuff summer dreams are made of. But they're also the reason many Saturday and Sunday afternoon open houses end up nearly empty. Choosing an alternative time frame may turn that around.

2. Turn your open house into a summer party

Let's face it: Heading to a barbecue or pool party sounds a whole lot more fun than an open house. If you can't beat 'em, why not join 'em? In other words, put together a gathering that feels more like a celebration than a sales pitch. Try serving up refreshments outside like lemonade and iced tea on trays, or fire up the grill to serve summer-themed appetizers or sliders.

Timing can make a difference here, too: Rather than holding your soirée in the middle of the day, wait until the evening when the temperature's bearable and people are ready to venture out and kick back at a house party.

3. Shine a spotlight on the outdoor space

Nothing's more appealing on a scorching summer day than a backyard pool. Play up this feature and other outdoor amenities to convince buyers this is the warm weather oasis they deserve. 

4. Create a community event

Sometimes getting a home sold is a matter of enlisting the help of those who already live in the neighborhood. Merrill recommends hosting a summer block party at the front of the property, rather than in the backyard, to invite more attention and foot traffic from neighbors and others passing by.

5. Advertise early, often

Spreading the word about an open house is always key to getting people in the door, but never more so than that stretch between Memorial Day and Labor Day. 


Alpine 4th of July Parade and Carnival
9am-2pm / Alpine Comm. Center,

Camp Pendleton Ken Grody Ford
4th of July Beach Bash

8am-10pm / DM Beach Resort,

Carlsbad Red, White and BOOM! w/Fireworks
10am-9pm / LEGOLAND California,

Chula Vista 4th Fest Fireworks
9pm / CV Elite Athlete Center,

Coronado Independence Day Parade & Festivities
7am-9:30pm / Various,
Del Beach Bash & Fireworks
7-10pm / Hotel del Coronado,

Del Mar:
San Diego County Fair 4th of July Celebration
10am-11pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds,
Fourth of July Sunset BBQ & Fireworks Show
6:45-9:30pm / Fairmont Grand Del Mar,

El Cajon 4th of July Picnic & Fireworks
2-9:30pm / Kennedy Park,

Escondido Independence Day Festival & Fireworks
4-9:30pm / Grape Day Park/Art Center,

Imperial Beach Independence Day Fireworks
4-9pm / Imperial Beach Pier,

Julian 4th of July Parade & Celebration
10am-5pm / Downtown Julian,

Mira Mesa Parade, Family Fun Day in the Park -Fireworks
7am-9:30pm / Mira Mesa Park,

National City 4th of July Festivities
June 29-July 4

Kimball Park,

Ocean Beach 4th of July Fireworks
9pm / Ocean Beach Pier,

Independence Parade - June 30
10am-12:30pm / S Coast Hwy,
Celebration & Fireworks Show - July 3
6-10pm / Rancho Del Oro Road,

Ramona Rotary Community Fireworks &
Family Picnic

5:30-9:30pm / Olive Peirce Middle,

Ranch Bernardo Spirit of the Fourth
Community Fair: 9am / Webb Park
Parade: 3:30pm / Downtown Rancho Bernardo
Festivities & Fireworks: 6-9:30pm / Bernardo Heights Middle
(858) 945-1616 /

Rancho Santa Fe 4th of July Parade & Picnic
1-3pm / 16948 Avenida De Acacias,

San Carlos Fireworks and Music Fest
11am-9:30pm / Lake Murray Playground

San Diego:
San Diego Symphony: Star Spangled Pops
June 29-July 1

7:30pm / Embarcadero Marina Park South
Big Bay Boom
9pm / San Diego Bay,
Old Town 4th of July
11am-4pm / Old Town SD State Park,
SeaWorld 4th of July Fireworks
9:40pm / SeaWorld,

San Marcos Celebrate Freedom, A Fireworks Extravaganza
6-9:30pm / Bradley Park,

San Ysidro Independence Day at the Border
July 1

3-9pm / Larsen Field,

Santee Santee Salutes w/Fireworks
2:30-10pm / Town Center Comm. Park E,

Scripps Ranch:
4th of July Run & Ride
6-10am / Red Cedar Dr. & Aviary Dr.,
4th of July Parade
10am-1pm / Red Cedar Pl.-Hoyt Park,

Vista Independence Day Celebration w/Fireworks
5-10pm / Brengle Terrace Park,

Old Fashioned Fourth of July 10am-4pm
Old Poway Park

4th of July Veterans Ceremony 11am / Veterans Park
Fourth of July Fireworks 6-10pm
Poway High School

(858) 668-4576 /


Which real estate documents should you keep after buying a home? After all, you don't want to have to file all of it if you don't have to; but you also don't want to chuck something crucial. Your closing company is required by law to keep a record of your closing documents, so that's a good fallback in case you misplace yours. Still, it's smart for you to keep important documents on hand—particularly if, later on, you need to file a claim against the seller or your professional representation team (i.e., your real estate agent, home inspector, or mortgage lender). Hopefully, that doesn’t happen, but it’s wise to be prepared.

So, of the hundreds of documents you’ll encounter during the home-buying process, here are the ones you should keep—and why.

Read more: 8 Real Estate Documents to Keep—and What Happens If You Don't


With graduation season in full swing, many may be pondering a change in their living quarters. Some may be moving out of Mom and Dad's house into dorms, or maybe out of dorms into their own apartments. But what if you're ready to take an even bigger step—moving out of a rental into a home you can call your own? Buying a house, after all, is a great way to put down roots and build wealth (since homes tend to appreciate so you can sell later for a profit). But purchasing property isn't a simple process, so you should make sure you're prepared.

So, how do you know if you’re ready to move from an apartment to a house? Ask yourself these questions below to get a sense of where you're at—or what you have to do to transition easily into home-buying mode once the time is right.

Read more: Ready to Graduate From Renting to Owning a Home?


If you're thinking about buying your first home, that pesky down payment has probably kept you awake more than a few nights. We get it—while a pre-approval is crucial for determining your buying power, it's the down payment that shows you mean business. But saving up is hard. In a study conducted by NerdWallet, 44% of respondents said a lack of a down payment was the roadblock keeping them from buying a home. Making things even worse? Your well-meaning friends and family have probably given you at least one piece of well-meaning, but ill-informed advice, leaving you in more of a blind panic than you need to be.

We're not saying that saving for a down payment will be a cake walk, but separating fact from fiction can go a long way. Here's the truth you need to know.

Read more: 6 Down Payment Myths You Should Stop Believing Immediately


Selling your home? Then you've likely had that rude awakening where a real estate agent tours your home and breaks some tough news: Your house needs work before it goes on the market. For starters, you'll have to fix the boiler. And paint. And replace those outdated cabinets ... the list might go on and on.

Given that all these tweaks cost money, you might wonder: Do I have to do everything? 

Read more: Selling Your Home? Relax!

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