By Kay Wilson-Bolton
November 21, 2004
A common reaction of homeowners who are thinking of making a move is to wait until “after the holidays”.
Let me encourage those of you who would like to sell sooner than later to take advantage of this festive season!
Nearly everyone agrees that when a home looks its best, it generally 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.
Most of the real estate community will admit that sales activity has slowed since the heat of the summer market. Homeowners are having to adjust to the “way things were” and realize that the peak for 2004 has passed.
In general, this is good for Ventura County, for an upward spiral can fall just as fast and the days of the early 90’s are still fresh in the memories of some of us.
“Steady as she goes” is the best kind of real estate market and waiting till 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.
Your REALTOR® community thanks you for your business in 2004. We are here to serve.
Kay Wilson-Bolton is the owner of CENTURY 21 Buena Vista and CENTURY 21 Ojai Valley. She can be reached at 340.5025.