Holiday Sales Can Include Your Home

REALTOR® Outlook

By Kay Wilson-Bolton

October 15, 2005

A common reaction of homeowners who are thinking of making a move is to wait until “after the holidays”.

For those who would like to sell sooner than later, I encourage you to take advantage of this festive season and let your home be viewed at is decorative best.

Nearly everyone agrees that when a home looks its best, it sells faster and brings a premium price.

Assuming the carpets are clean and leaky faucets are fixed, there is hardly a more appealing, customer-friendly home than one that has been dressed for the holidays with lights, candles, ribbons and pleasant aromas coming from the kitchen.

Short of a national crisis, the real estate market will continue to flourish through the year 2010, although some think this bubble is about to spring a leak.

While my preference has always been for a “steady as she goes”

real estate market,  the market is continuing to escalate. Waiting until January will find homeowners in good company, but in large numbers. The more homes for sale, the keener the competition.

If a job transfer or right-sizing is in your near future, consider engaging the services of a REALTOR® who believes in the Multiple Listing Service and start getting your home into holiday shape.

Your REALTOR® will want to highlight your home for the weekly REALTOR® tour and for weekend open houses, if you are up to it.

The public will appreciate a pleasant, holiday-decorated home. Most of us have warm memories of our own homes as children when life was simpler and, of course, so were we.

When selecting a real estate professional, be sure and ask if he or she is a REALTOR® who subscribes to the Code of Ethics for the National Association of REALTORS®

 

Kay Wilson-Bolton is the owner of CENTURY 21 Buena Vista and CENTURY 21 Ojai Valley. She can be reached at 340.5025.

About Kay Wilson-Boltonhttp://www.kaywilsonbolton.netWith a full-time career in real estate, I can add to your bank of knowledge, not only in real estate but in many areas of life that deal with people and relationships and choices. My real estate career has taught me many lessons about planning ahead and looking forward. I believe in helping along the way so that they can be the best they can be in any situation. I serve as a Fire Department Chaplain and Coordinator for the Many Meals Project which serves homeless and hungry families in my community. The event is far more than many meals. I make pastoral visits to the inmates in the County Jail System and offer them what God says about "all things being new" and His remarkable plan for our lives. I have served my community as Mayor and in many volunteer capacities. I serve others by serving God first. My husband is involved in prison ministry and is a graphic artist. We live a simple life in Santa Paula with an office cat named Scout, three rescued poodles and two cats at home.

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