Open Houses of the Week: The Best-Run States

AOL Real Estate Editors
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There's something about that "Open House" sign that acts like a magnet. Whether you're looking for a new place to live, keeping tabs on real estate in your neighborhood, or just angling for a sneak peek at someone else's private domain, the lure of an open door is strong indeed.

This week, we delve into 24/7 Wall Street's list of the best-run states in America. Pretty houses are one thing, but if you're in it for the long haul, knowing how well your community can weather the financial storm could save you some major headaches down the line. Based on an assessment of government services, standard of living and financial health, 24/7 Wall St. identified the most well-oiled states in the union -- and we're taking you on a tour of the best homes they have have to offer.