Selling Your Home During The Holiday Season

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Selling Your Home During the Holiday Season

Selling your home over the holidays can be a bit of a challenge. There are fewer buyers out there and it can take longer. On the upside, there is also less competition on the market and the buyers that are out there, for the most part, are the serious ones who ready to buy.

Preparing for sale at this time of year should be done with a critical eye. Here are some things that can help set your property apart and place it out in front of the competition.

1)  Pay attention to curb appeal: Lists can be narrowed down simply on the drive-by. A clean and well manicured yard and exterior says a lot about your home.

2) De-clutter and de-personalize. Only essential furniture, the best pieces, should be out to create a greater sense of space. Use paintings and other well chosen home decor to highlight but don't overdo it...less can be more by far.

3) Handyman day: Fix everything from burned out light-bulbs, wall dings and holes, squeaky doors, broken taps on up. This will show a well maintained home where pride in ownership is evident.

4) Paint where needed or everywhere if necessary. This is an excellent investment to bring great return on your dollar. Neutral designer colours should be used.

5) When it is being shown: It should always be clean and presentable. Cozy it up with careful Christmas decorating to welcome your prospective buyers...'tis the season! There is nothing like coming home to Christmas, soft lighting and music and perhaps the scent of fresh baking. Set the mood and paint the picture for them.

6) Choose an excellent agent; one who is knowledgeable, personable and motivated.

7) Make sure that the price is right. Too low and you risk not maximizing your potential profit. Too high and it could sit on the market indefinitely. You should only price it according to what the market will bear.

8) Your home should always be available for appointments.

9) Christmas ViewBe flexible in negotiations. You needn't give away the farm by any means; just be willing to give and take. Your REALTOR® will guide you through this with your best interests at heart.

While selling over the holidays can be a challenge, if approached properly one can be successful. Common sense and patience always pay off in the end.

Most of all, through it all, enjoy being with your family and enjoy the spirit of the holiday season.

Merry Christmas!


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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Keep holiday decorations to a minimum and keep them nondenominational.  It's best to decorate for the season....Winter instead of Christmas.

Nov 16, 2010 12:45 PM #1
Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

Very good points... and as you mentioned... less competition... and buyers out there are most likely serious buys, not "tire kickers.|

Nov 16, 2010 01:32 PM #2
RhondaHeaslip NanaimoRealEstate
RE/MAX of Nanaimo - Nanaimo, BC

Sharon, Your insight as a professional stager is most welcome and you make a good point, because not evryone celebrates Christmas the same way, and some don't at all. Food for thought.

Gloria, It is a good thing to have less competition on tha market...and as for the buyers: Who the heck really wants to move over the holiday season? Those who have to, that's whos going to be buying for sure! Thanks for your response!

Nov 16, 2010 02:22 PM #3
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Rhonda:  I found you through a comment you made on one of Amy Hahn's posts.  Your comment piqued my interest, so I clicked through to your profile, and then read the write-up of you by Ted tyrrell.

First of all... a belated Welcome to Active Rain.  I am glad you are here.  Also... I looked at your outside blog... which had a full length picture of you.  How cool... a carpenter with a tool belt and wearing high heels.  Love it.

Anyway... I have read some of your Active Rain posts... and really like your work.  I have a suggestion for you.  I think it would be great if more people saw your posts... but I have noticed that you only belong to a few of the Active Rain groups, and have not, at least in the posts I have seen... you have not "included" them in the Active Rain maximum of five Active Rain groups.

I suggest that you do that.  The more sets of eyeballs that read your posts, the more comments you will get, and the greater your chances of meeting Realtors and other Active Rainers from outside your area... who, once they get to know you through your blog posts... they could be a source of incoming referrals to you... both relocating buyers, and perhaps a seller or two.

Here is a tutorial post I wrote on the Active Rain Groups feature.  Using the Active Rain "Groups Feature."  I know that many folks who have read it found it very useful.  I hope it is of some help to you. 

I have also subscribed to your blog, and added you as an Associate.  I invite you to do the same.  Have a great week.  I look forward to reading more of your posts.

And... I would be happy to add my name to those who are sponsoring you at the one cent per pound at the powerlifting championships at PWI.  Take care...

Nov 17, 2010 04:45 PM #4
RhondaHeaslip NanaimoRealEstate
RE/MAX of Nanaimo - Nanaimo, BC

Karen, Thank you for your comments and kind suggestions. I am pleased to now have you as an associate as well! I will certainly follow up on those suggestions...Still learning my way around The Activerain systems and I guess it shows! I am honoured that you would like to sponsor me as well. My fundraiser will be called "Raise The Bar" and I am in the process of getting it organized and ready to launch. Once the page is up I'll post the link on Activerain for all to visit. I am very excited at the prospect of raising this much needed cash for our hospitals' new emergency ward and pleased to be able to do it in such a unique way....It should draw a lot of attention to our cause. My best regards to you and thank you again!

Nov 18, 2010 08:50 AM #5
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