It may be hard, but don’t let you home get lost among all the others this winter…SELL IT!

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There are many homes for sale at this time here in the Beaverton area of Washington County, but that doesn’t mean yours has to stay one for very long. When there is a lot of competition, you need to make sure you hold your hand up high and get noticed above the crowd.

Don't get lost in fall and winter home sales

What does that mean? It means that you have to make sure when someone sees your house, it is the one they remember when it comes time to write an offer at the end of the day.  Most homes are the perfect one, but most buyers don’t like the home buying process and will settle at the end of the day. So, if you make yours the most memorable (in a good way) then you are the one they are going to most likely write an offer on after seeing 10 homes in a day.

How do you do this? This time of year it is all about colors, smells and just the holiday season. Many people want to see their family in your home, so if you give them the things to make their senses see, feel and smell, then it will trigger a response.

Bake some gingerbread and leave the house smelling like Christmas. Get a Christmas tree, but not too large, you don’t want to make it seem like there is no room. Decorate the front of the house with lights, however, don’t overdo it, that can actually distract a buyer.  You would be amazed at how much a nice wreath can distract a buyer when they come to the front door, they will tend to look around for flaws less.

If you are looking to sell your home this holiday season, give me and my team a call, we would love to help you set the stage and get your home sold as quickly as possible.


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Jim Patton
Century 21 M&M - 209-404-0816 - Turlock, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus & Merced county Realtor.

Good advice Todd.  I also enjoyed the computer side chat yesterday. 

Nov 20, 2010 09:11 AM #1
Nancy Conner
Managing Broker - City Realty Inc - Olympia, WA
Olympia/Thurston County WA

The sights and sounds and smells of Christmas can certainly tap into that emotional side of buyers and they imagine their own family celebrating the holidays in this home!

Nov 20, 2010 10:31 AM #2
Claude Cross
Homes By Cross, Inc. - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte NC Homes For Sale

Todd - Selling a home during the Holiday Season is always difficult....unless the plan is well laid. Finding a buyer requires the best tactics of the year. This is the time to tap the phone and see where the shoppers are

Nov 20, 2010 11:57 AM #3
1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Good advice for making a seller's home inviting in the holiday season.

Hope this Christmas season holds strong for home sales in your area.

Nov 20, 2010 02:15 PM #4
Cal Yoder
Keller Williams Elite - Lititz, PA
Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744

Todd, some really good advice. It is important to realize that homes do sell during this time of year.


Nov 20, 2010 03:35 PM #5
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Todd -  the "visual" used is great as well as the advice making sure you stand out above the crowd.  As you stated, we should tell our clients(sellers in this case) to put the best foot forward as buyers have many choices. . . make your home the home they remember for the "great feeling".   Thanks for this post.   I also echo that your webinar on Friday was great - thank you for sharing your story.  Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Nov 21, 2010 03:25 AM #6
Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager


The holidays always invite good feelings and a very special time in our lives.  We need to reflect that feeling in a home to make it warm and inviting!  Great Post!  Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 22, 2010 03:55 PM #7
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

I think no matter what time of year you choose to sell your home, if you make yours the one to stand out, it will be the one that sells if it is priced right.

Nov 26, 2010 06:56 AM #8
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