Selling Your Home Over the Holidays

selling your home at the holidaysKeeping your home on the market over the holidays can be a tough call. Many experts think that it is not worth it because sellers will seem desperate. Most offers coming in over the holidays are generally lower than asking price, and few buyers want to brave the harsh winter weather to go view homes. Plus, may agents go out of town over the holidays and it can be difficult to be ready for showings at a moment’s notice during the holiday season. One major advantage of taking your home off of the market during the holidays is that it can go back up as a new listing in January, thereby attracting more traffic.

If you decide to keep your home on the market over the holidays, there are a few things to keep in mind. Keep decorations to a minimum. Be especially careful not to cover up selling points such as mantels or stained glass windows (and don’t forget to call Superior Replacement Windows and glass doors for inspection). Use pine cones, or evergreen garlands instead of large artificial displays and banners. Allow viewers to envision their own furniture and holiday decorations in the space. If you would like to add holiday appeal to viewers, leave some cookies on the counter or some hot cider on the stove. Think of what you would expect in viewing a home at this time of year, and give your home the best shot to be sold.


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Selling Your Home Over the Holidays

Jerry and Rachel Hsieh

In the past 13 years in real estate and at the age of 38, Jerry has had the good fortune of experiencing all of this at some point and has established himself as one of the premiere AWARD WINNING Realtors in the industry. Jerry began his career at Coldwell Banker with incredible heat: He was named the top “rookie” agent his inaugural year with over $4.5 million dollars listed and/or sold (Most 1st year agents don’t complete any transactions). Since then, his real estate career has been non-stop and he has quickly become the realtor that other young realtors talks about. In 2010, in a down market, Jerry and Rachel sold 24 homes within a 1 mile radius of the Pico/Fairfax area. They have sold over 50 homes in the Picfair Area in the past 4 years, more than any other realtor. From 2011 until now, Jerry and Rachel’s Team has grown, as has Jerry’s experience and expertise.