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'7 Day Homes Tour' makes it easier to buy, sell homes

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People looking for homes in parts of Kansas City are having a rough time with houses getting snapped up in a flash. That is why a group of real estate agents are trying something different and condensing the whole process into just one week. People looking for homes in parts of Kansas City are having a rough time with houses getting snapped up in a flash. That is why a group of real estate agents are trying something different and condensing the whole process into just one week.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

People looking for homes in parts of Kansas City are having a rough time with houses getting snapped up in a flash.

That is why a group of real estate agents are trying something different and condensing the whole process into just one week.

Ron Berry just moved to Kansas City, and he is ready to buy a house.

"I'd like to find one of those houses that is like 100 years old. Maybe something that has got two to three stories," he said.

The few weeks he has been looking has been roller coaster with two offers out from under him.

"By the time we got the paperwork down, it had already sold to someone else at full price. It is obviously disappointing," Berry said.

It was a let down, but three Realtors may have the answer to. That is why people will find signs for the "7 Day Homes Tour" cropping up in front of homes across the metro, promising to help buyers and sellers.

"As far as we know, nobody has ever done this before," said Drew Gilmore with Chartwell Realty.

Gilmore said homeowners wanting to sell will open their homes for one week at the end of July, something he says is less of a headache than a six-month listing.

"Maybe they've been wanting to go out of town, maybe you just find something to do for a week. It's not as difficult," he said.

And future homeowners can get a lot done in one week.

"They can see five, 10, 15 houses all real quick and hopefully find their dream home," Gilmore said.

It is an innovative plan that Gilmore hopes will re-invent the real estate wheel.

"The idea is to continually scale it up. Make it bigger and better every time we do it," Gilmore said.

And it will helping buyers, like Berry, speed up the move-in at a new place to call home.

"The market just seems to turn so quickly. I'm hoping there is going to be a number of listings to look at," Berry said.

The "7 Day Homes Tour" runs July 24-31. A lender will be available to prospective homeowners and answer their questions on the first day of the tour.

For more information, go to www.sevendayhomestour.com.

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