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Staging Tips for Selling During the Holidays

Staging Tips for Selling During the Holidays

Before you deck the halls, see which holiday decor can help you sell.

Brian Patrick Flynn

By: Kara Wahlgren
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It’s the time of year that calendars are packed with holiday parties, budgets are strained by gift-giving and the roads are covered in freshly fallen snow. Alas, ’tis not the season for real estate. But the good news is that the few brave house-hunters who do venture out are serious about buying a house and stylish trimmings will make them want to ring in the new year in your home.
“Holidays can be personal on a lot of levels, but you want to make sure your decor is neutral,” advises Amy Powers, owner of Accent Home Staging & Interiors of Atlanta. “You want to romance your buyer, not invite them to your Christmas party.”
Try these tips to get buyers in the right spirit:
  • Clean and stage. “Before you decorate, your house needs to be staged,” Powers says. If your living room is already piled high with clutter and tchotchkes, your ceramic reindeer collection is only going to add to the sense of overcrowding.
  • Create a cozy vibe. The less-is-more mantra of home staging may tempt you to forgo holiday cheer this year. But a few subtle touches like a bowl of pinecones, an evergreen wreath, or a pot of cider simmering on the stove can create a warm and festive feeling in your home.
  • Complement your palette. Before you start untangling your tinsel, make sure your holiday collection matches your current decor. If your living room is painted a soothing ocean-blue hue, skip the clashing red garland and opt for white snowflakes or a silver glass-ball wreath. If you’ve got an earthy color scheme, accent with rich tones like cranberries, forest greens and gold.
  • Accentuate the positive. Too many trimmings may distract buyers, but the right accessories can draw attention to your home’s best features. Dangle mistletoe in an arched doorway, or display your menorah on the ledge of a bay window; just don’t block a beautiful view with stick-on snowflake decals or clutter an elegant fireplace with personalized stockings.
  • Go light on lights. Step away from the inflatable snowman, Clark Griswold. One man’s “merry” is another man’s “tacky,” so tone down any garish light displays while your home is on the market. (No, your neighbors didn’t pay us to say that.) Instead, use simple string lighting to play up your home’s architecture or draw attention to the gorgeous fir tree in your front yard.
  • Be an equal-opportunity decorator. Leave the life-sized Nativity scene in storage this year, because overtly religious flourishes may be off-putting to some buyers. “You want to keep neutrality throughout, so you can attract any type of buyer,” Powers says. Not sure what qualifies? Powers adds, “No matter what your religion is, you’re not going to feel offended by a nutcracker.”
  • Mind the tree. A tall Christmas tree can help you show off your two-story great room, but make sure the wide base won’t overwhelm the floor space. If your living area is on the small side, save space with a skinny tree. Swap the gaudy heirloom ornaments and trim your tree in a cohesive theme such as icicle lights and silver tinsel, for example, or blue and gold glass balls.
  • Clear the clutter. A few decorations can stir the holiday spirit, but don’t feel obliged to hang every last ornament. “A lot of people, when they decorate, tend to use all the extra space in their house,” Powers says. “You still want each space to look as spacious as possible.” Limit yourself to a few hints of holiday flair, but stash the rest in the basement for now. If you start to miss your Santa figurines, just remember that with a little luck, you’ll be celebrating next year’s holidays in a new home. And you can decorate that place any way you please.
  • Staging is an important part of selling your home.  Visit www.boldmovesrealestate.com  We are able to offer Laura Severino as our premiere stager.  See how staging can change your home’s days on the market!
  • This blog was posted on November 30, 2016 on www.boldmovesrealestate.com

Thanksgiving Blessings

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BOLD Moves Real Estate would like to wish all their family, friends and clients a Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving spent with family and friends.

BOLD Moves feels blessed to work with a great team of realtors or BOLDIES who work as a team and support each other in  every transaction and situation.  With Kate Lanagan MacGregor as our leader and Sarah Holick and Denise Higgins Reuter as our managers, we are always just a phone call away from a listening ear and competent advice.

BOLDIES are never alone in our real estate transactions. There is always someone available to bounce ideas and answer any questions.  We want to offer the best possible service to all clients and make sure they can benefit from the expertise of the entire team.

We all live and serve in the communities we work in.  Visit www.boldmovesrealestate.com to meet our team and help you meet your real estate goals.  Enjoy the Holidays!

This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on November 23, 2016.

Thanksgiving in the Tri-Town

ThanksgivingThanksgiving in the Tri-town of Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester is almost here.  Here are some local events.

The Marion Council on Aging has tickets available to the yearly Old Rochester Regional Thanksgiving dinner. The event will be held on Nov. 23. The doors open at 11:15 a.m. and students serve dinner at noon. Call the Council on Aging at 508-748-3570 if you need a ride. Meals will be delivered to homebound elders.

6th Annual Guard Oil Turkey Trot 5K

This 5K is on a fairly flat course along Sippican Harbor. This is a timed event, and results are available for all runners. All runners will receive a complimentary T-shirt, and top finishers in each age group will receive medals. Register prior to Nov. 19 for $18 online at www.marionrecreation.com or register in-person the day of race for $20. The race begins at 10:15 a.m. It starts and finishes at Tabor Academy.

Open Skate at Tabor Academy

Grab your ice skates and take a turn on the rink during open public skating at Tabor Academy. Cost is $5 per skater or you may purchase an individual season pass for the discounted rate of $45. Visit www.marionrecreation.com for more information.

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Buying a Home in the Fall

Buying a Home in the Fall

attractive home_600x390The real estate market is open 365 days a year – yes, even on holidays – but there are cyclical trends to the marketplace. Some of those ups and downs are based on mortgage interest rates and housing availability, but some are based on season.

Next to spring, fall is the busiest season for home buying and selling. Autumn offers certain benefits to home buyers, including year-end tax breaks, pleasant weather conditions for moving and a wide selection of homes for sale. Read on to learn the advantages of buying in the fall.

Year-End Tax Breaks
Come September and October, people start to think about what year-end tax breaks they might be eligible for. Fortunately for home buyers, owning a home can yield great dividends in tax returns. For example, both mortgage interest and property taxes are deductible from gross income. Furthermore, if you have prepaid some interest before the due date of your first payment, and if you close your loan before the year’s end, that interest can also be deducted.

Getting Ahead of Mother Nature
Buying a house before the deep freeze of winter sets in is very appealing to most home buyers. No one wants to worry about icy roads, snowstorms or blackout conditions on moving day, nor is it fun to move in sweltering summer heat.

School Year and Holidays
By wintertime, kids have settled into school, established friendships and become involved in extracurricular activities. Moving in summer would be least disruptive to your children’s schooling or social calendar, but autumn is next best. Also, by moving in fall, you’ll be settled snugly into your new home before Thanksgiving and the winter holidays.

More Home Choices
While home demand is not as keen in fall as it is in spring, it’s still high, so competition can be high, too. Fall buyers and sellers tend to be motivated to move, unlike the window-shoppers who sometimes come out in spring.

You may experience pressure to buy, due to the quick turnaround of houses on the market, but you’ll also benefit from the broad selection of homes available. In fact, between September and December, you may be able to visit several open houses in a single day, and listings will be updated frequently. Therefore, to make sure you don’t miss out on your dream house, it’s a good idea to regularly check listings and check in with your Realtor.

Fall Home-Buying Tips
Given the home-buying competition and the short, pre-holiday timetable in autumn, you may be tempted to place a bid that is out of your price range, for fear of losing the home. Before you make an offer, know what kind of house you need and what you can realistically afford, and stick to your budget. You may want to explore prequalifying for a loan so that you’ll be ready to act when you find the home you want. And as always, whatever season you buy in, buy at the best time for you and your family, and hold out for the right house – there are always more homes to see and to choose among.

Deena Weinberg wrote this article.

Visit www.boldmovesrealestate.com for great properties and a great team of realtors who are the experts in their communities.

This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on November 11, 2016.

RASEM Red Expo Huge Success

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The RASEM Red Expo was held last Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at the Raynham Park Simulcast Center in Raynham, MA.  RASEM or Realtors Association of Southeast Massachusetts held its expo and tradeshow as well as a new concept called RED Talks.  RED for Real Estate Development Education.  These are talks on a variety of subjects by various professionals involved in real estate and related industries.  Each talk is about 20 minutes in length and there were about 17  Red talks throughout the day.

Some of these included:  Al Rivet from All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services, Kevin Thompson from BBM Pros, Joanne Dunsky from A Lil Something, Tom Percy from Tom Percy Law, Steve Medeiros from Pelletier Realty,  and Jeffrey Chalmers from Ross Mortgage to name a few.

The day also included a class on Real Estate Professional Ethics and a class on understanding RPR.  The evening ended with an awards dinner.

It was a great day for real estate and Kate Lanagan MacGregor ( who is now newly elected President-elect of RASEM), and the BBM Pros who were involved with all the planning for the event.

Visit www.boldmovesrealestate.com for a great team of BOLDIES who live and work in the communities they serve.

This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on November 1, 2016.

         

 

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