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Just because it is Winter does not mean that the listing of your home has to end for the season.  The holiday season can be interpreted as a "weed-out" season for the less committed listings and potential buyers, while real estate opportunities are on the market for the discerning buyers and sellers.  

Home sales during the Holidays

Selling Homes During The Holidays ... Or Not

Posted by Kelly Parker Huffor on Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 at 12:59am. 

As the pumpkins and cornstalks give way to pine cones and mistletoe, you might be tempted to take your home off the market - particularly if you’ve already endured a long and fruitless summer buying season.  But think twice before you take that step, because selling during the holidays - while tricky - can have some advantages, if you do it right.

First off, if you’re planning on having a number of holiday entertaining events at your home, or it’s an absolute must that you participate in your neighborhood’s extreme-decorating-extravaganza, this might not be the best time to sell.  Rather than trying to squeeze in showings between parties or risk blinding prospective buyers with your light show, just temporarily de-list your home and put it back on the market once the holiday season has settled down.

But, if you have some scheduling flexibility this time of year and can follow some modest decorating guidelines, consider keeping your home listed during the holidays. 

You’ll generally have less competition, which gives you a chance to stand out from the crowd.  You’ll have the end of the year working in your favor, too, as buyers seek to take advantage of any tax incentives by December 31. 

And, generally speaking, people don’t go shopping for houses during the holidays unless they’re really serious, which means you’ll have more motivated buyers coming through.  To make the most of this time, though, you’ll want to make your home as warm, appealing and inviting as possible. Read more>



Don't Put Your Home's Curb Appeal on Ice this Winter

Attracting would-be home buyers can be relatively easy in warmer months. But throw in some cold weather, snow and an early sunset and it may seem discouraging to think that prospects will ring your doorbell.

If you’re trying to sell your home and think that it’s impossible to do so in the winter, defrost that notion now.  It’s important to use the change of seasons to your advantage and increase your home’s visibility.

To ensure your home has the curb appeal it takes to slap a “sold” sign on your lawn, think high VISVisual Interest and Safety.  Read more> 


Crafty Ideas for Winter Curb Appeal

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Yes, it's still possible to create great curb appeal when it's cold and gray outside.

During summer months when gardens are in bloom and the sun is shining bright, curb appeal comes naturally to many homes. But when the autumn chill turns to winter cold and the sun sets earlier in the day, it becomes more difficult to create that inviting exterior look that grabs buyers from the curb.

Fortunately, it is possible to create striking winter curb appeal without expensive or complicated exterior changes, says Charlene Storozuk, a home stager and designer with Dezigner Digz in Burlington, Ontario—a city that averages 51 inches of snow per year. It just requires a little creativity.  Read more>



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Comment balloon 3 commentsRick Reed • December 04 2011 08:12AM


Couldn't agree more Rick.  We have multiple closings in December and are writing offers for closings in January as well.  Love your post!  Suggested.  

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) over 7 years ago

Great post Rick, wishing you a productive holiday season!

Posted by Joan Congilose, Marlboro, Manalapan, Freehold NJ Homes (Century 21 Action Plus Realty ) over 7 years ago

Winter is usually busy for me also.  Great Post.  Selling homes in the Winter is just as good as any other season. 

Posted by Stella Barbour, Principal Broker, Serving Virginia and Maryland (NoVa Brokers LLC) over 7 years ago