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.