Wednesday, June 12, 2024

The Holiday Season and Real Estate


WOW! It’s hard to believe it is already November and the holiday season is just around the corner. I hope everyone had a great Halloween weekend and got to visit Granbury Square for the Harvest Moon Festival.

With this year coming to an end here in a couple of months, I want to talk about the pros and cons of selling real estate during the festive seasons. The market has slowed down here in our area, but homes are still selling. However, rolling into Thanksgiving you can expect showings to slow drastically.

Have you been thinking about putting your house on the market? If so, there are pros and cons to holiday decorations for your real estate listing.

Everyone enjoys seeing the fall pumpkins, Thanksgiving turkey decorations and Christmas lights and trees. They are cute and festive and grab people’s attention. Those big displays of the holidays in a home let buyers imagine what their holiday could look like when they own it.

However, the biggest downside of holiday season decorating is that after the holidays are over, if your house has not sold, those pictures are a dead ringer for how long your house has been on the market. And the longer your home is listed “Active” on the market, it will pose the question, in the buyers’ mind, “what is wrong with this house?”

So, yes do the decorations and WOW potential buyers! But, once the season has passed, take them down and get new photos. Once the new year has rolled out, the decorations need to be put away.

Side tip on getting your home prepared for selling: LESS IS MORE! Declutter your shelves and counters. Take down any excessive amounts of wall décor or art. The cleaner the space looks, the better buyers can envision their stuff in the space.

For those of you who follow baseball, I want to give an honorable mention to our very own Texas Rangers. After a 7-game series with the Astros, the Rangers made it to the World Series! It has been over a decade since the Rangers and our opponents, the Diamondbacks, have been to the World Series. This is quite an exciting time for baseball fans!

I hope you all enjoy this upcoming season of holidays, cool weather, football and the World Series. Happy Thanksgiving!

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