Ho Ho Home for the Holidays

Real Estate Agent with Realty ONE Group SA535183000

This time of year, it's common for my sellers to start asking the ever-controversial question, "Can I still decorate for the holidays?"  And while many agents may have a differing opinion, my answer is always a resounding YES.

I let them know to keep it tasteful and maybe don't put out EVERYTHING.  But there's a few reasons I love to encourage it if it's important to them:

  1. This will be their last holiday in this house. (Hopefully!) It's a great gift to give them this "one last time" trimming the tree or putting up lights.  
  2. Buyers like it! I already have photos of the home sans holiday decor. So let the buyers see how fun the home can be!  It helps give them a sense of the home's personality and to see themselves decorating it next year - especially if it is one of those houses that lends itself to gorgeous light or tree placement.
  3. It gives me a reason to do a little extra marketing. In my marketing, I am all about story telling.  So when I have a seller who goes all out and does great holiday decorations, I head over and take some photos.  Then I can use them for extra marketing.  Usually I just post them to instagram or Facebook.  But sometimes I will get inspired and use them for a video or postcard mailers.

Here's an example of a photo I took.  I'm also submitting this as an entry for the Real Estate - Miscellaneous catergory in the ActiveRain 2016 Photography Contest.  


This photo was taken at one of my luxury home listings in Paradise Valley, AZ.  After the home owner decorated, I took some photos then put them together in a video that I sent out to my database in my enewsletter. (My brokerage information has changed, full disclosure!)



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Jacki Tait, GRN
Lead Agent, Team Three 23
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert
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Comments (5)

Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Jackie - That a lovely holiday photo and you have put it to excellent use. Thanks for another contest entry!

Nov 23, 2016 10:44 AM
Jacki Tait, CLHMS

Thanks Dick Greenberg - and thanks for a fun contest!  

Nov 23, 2016 01:33 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Cute little decorations for the holidays, Jacki!

CONGRATULATIONS on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

Nov 23, 2016 04:13 PM
Jacki Tait, CLHMS

Thank you Myrl Jeffcoat!

Nov 28, 2016 02:28 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Jacki, the video was delightful. This could be put in YouTube Thursdays group. I think that Debb Janes would like it. 

Nov 26, 2016 09:45 AM
Jacki Tait, CLHMS

Thanks Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 I will do that!

Nov 28, 2016 02:29 PM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Jacki, this is a nice entry for the photography contest.

Nov 27, 2016 11:19 AM
Jacki Tait, CLHMS

Thanks so much Rebecca Gaujot, the Go To Realtor® 

Nov 28, 2016 02:29 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

As long as they don't go crazy, it's nice to have a home looking inviting for the holidays. The key is keeping it simple, and removing it all in a timely manner.

Nov 29, 2016 11:09 AM
Jacki Tait, CLHMS

Sharon Tara - I agree! If they don't take it down by the 1st week of January, that's not good!!

Nov 30, 2016 08:29 AM

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