Selling During the Holidays

 

Want your house to stand out in the holiday selling season?  Add a little holiday cheer to make your house shine during this busy time of year.

Although the holiday season can be a hectic time to show and sell your house, there are some advantages of showing your home at this time of the year.

Potential homebuyers find greenery, twinkling lights and holiday decorations warm and inviting.  Exterior lights or decorations show pride in ownership and seasonal cheer.

Following are some tips to show your home during the holiday season.

  • Make sure walkways and stairs are free of ice.
  • Hang a holiday wreath on your front door.
  • Play festive music in the background.
  • Bake cookies to fill the home with enticing aromas and then leave a note to prospective buyers to enjoy the treats.
  • Place a holiday mat outside the front door.
  • Keep your holiday decorations inside and out on the conservative side. You want your house to be noticed, not your decorations.

 

By following these few tips, you will show potential buyers comfort and joy and ways to make them want to create their own holiday memories.

As interest rates remain at all-time lows and homes are priced to sell, now is a great time to work with a REALTOR® to buy or sell a home.  Visit www.gatewayRealtors.com to locate a REALTOR® who knows the market in your area.

Why Use a REALTOR®

 

All real estate licensees are not the same. Only those who are members of the National Association of REALTORS® are properly called REALTORS®. They proudly display the REALTOR “®” logo on their business card or other marketing and sales literature; they are committed to treating all parties to a transaction honestly; they subscribe to a strict Code of Ethics; and they maintain a high level of knowledge of the process of buying and selling real estate.

Oftentimes, your REALTOR® can recommend repairs or cosmetic work that will significantly enhance the salability of your property.  He or she will showcase your property to other real estate agents and the public.  Your REALTOR® acts as the marketing coordinator, disbursing information about your property through a Multiple Listing Service or other cooperative marketing networks and open houses.

Real estate transactions involve one of the biggest financial investments most people experience in their lifetime. Transactions today usually exceed $100,000. If you had a $100,000 income tax problem, would you attempt to deal with it without the help of a CPA?  If you had a $100,000 legal question, would you deal with it without the help of an attorney?  Considering the small upside cost and the large downside risk, it would be foolish to consider a deal in real estate without the professional assistance of a REALTOR®.

When you’re ready to buy or sell your home, locate a REALTOR® in your area by visiting www.gatewayrealtors.com.  It’s the smartest move you’ll ever make!