HOUSE-hunters jumped at the chance to browse properties around the Morpeth area as they threw open their doors.
Morpeth estate agent Strutt and Parker organised the Open House Day to allow prospective buyers to view properties without an appointment.
A total of 23 houses took part, attracting 40 viewings between them.
The hottest property of the day was the five-bedroom Tranwell House, which is on the market for offers in excess of £950,000 and attracted nine viewings.
Low Southwood Edge near Longhorsley, with a guide price of £315,000, was close behind with eight viewings, and Field House near Earsdon, on sale for £530,000, attracted four viewings.
Dilston House near Ponteland, inviting offers over £975,000, and 2 High Hauxley, on the market for £320,000, both had three viewings.
Strutt and Parker Partner Sam Gibson said: “Open House Day has proved year on year to be a very successful event for Strutt and Parker and our clients and this was no exception.
“To achieve 40 viewings in one day is a phenomenal result. Viewers enjoy the spontaneity and relaxed atmosphere and the fact they can enjoy a series of viewings without needing to co-ordinate a number of fixed appointments, and our clients are delighted by the increase in viewing numbers and enhanced profile their house receives.
“The figures also show a clear demand for properties in the mid-range market, where homes are selling well.
“One prospective buyer went to see a house on a whim and ended up putting in an offer. It goes to show the value of this open house initiative in encouraging people to go out and see a selection of properties.”