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We were extremely happy with our buying experience with Carrie. She was friendly, professional and always courteous. She demonstrated knowledge of the local market and helped us narrow down a location based on our goals. Due to her expertise in the market, we were able to make an offer considerably below the asking price. Carrie proved to be loyal to us, her customer, and wasn’t concerned only about making a sale. We always felt that she was working for us and on our behalf. We appreciated her prompt response and attention to all of our questions and concerns. She is gifted in the art of negotiation. We would highly recommend her services.
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Our big annual Holiday Photo Event compliments of Carrie Holmes and Coldwell Banker is just around the corner on December 7th 10am-4:30pm. Past, present and future clients can enjoy a FREE Holiday photo with or without Santa! If you are visiting us at the Coldwell Banker Fort Collins office, please know we’ve moved to 2580 E Harmony Rd Ste 201 just West of the Front Range Village. Feel free to RSVP directly to me or via commenting! Looking forward to seeing you all soon!
While the holiday season from November to January is often considered a slower period for the housing market, there may be a number of advantages to listing your home now rather than waiting until the new year.
Holiday buyers tend to be more serious and often have a real need to buy for reasons such as a job relocation or a recent home sale. With fewer homes on the market, the competition for buyer interest is less fierce. Another reason selling during the holiday season may be advantageous is homes often seem more festive and inviting during this time of year, which can be a big plus when marketing properties.
There are a few things you can do to maximize your home’s charm and make selling during the holidays a little easier.
- Increase curb appeal. First impressions are critical. Remove any late fall leaves, touch up the paint, prune the bushes, clean the gutters and generally spruce up the yard. Also help keep buyers’ safety in mind by making sure stairs and walkways are free of leaves and other debris.
- Deck the halls, but keep it tasteful. Put up a few exterior holiday lights and decorations to display seasonal tidings and pride in ownership, but be careful not to overdo it. Keep it consistent with the rest of the neighborhood. A holiday welcome mat outside the front door is also an inviting touch.
- Keep the house warm and welcoming. Fall and early winter bring cooler weather, so make sure the home is warm and cozy while potential buyers are touring. Running the central heating system will not only make your home feel more comfortable, it will show buyers how well the system works. If the house has a fireplace, light a fire to bring the room to life and enhance the ambience.
- Decorate the home’s interior. You want to bring out the warmth and glow of the holiday season inside your home, but again don’t go overboard. Be conservative with holiday decorations and decorate to accentuate the house, but be mindful not to cover it. There is a thin line between tasteful décor and a room that looks like a temporary holiday store at the mall.
- Price your home to sell. It’s important any time of year to price your home appropriately to the market, its condition and features, but this is especially true in the fall and winter months. A home that’s priced attractively can pique buyer interest and may even get multiple offers over list price. But price it too high and the home could just sit, waiting for you to slash the price.
- Stay in touch with your REALTOR®. Everyone likes to enjoy time off during the holidays to spend with their families. But it’s important for you and your agent to stay plugged in. Tell your agent as early as possible about any prospective vacations you may be taking. Work together on a schedule for open houses and showings that accommodate your plans for holiday parties and out-of-town visitors.
The holidays are a wonderful time of year filled with excitement and cheer. What better time to show off your warm, cozy and festive home to potential buyers. This helps prospects visualize themselves in the house celebrating their own holiday. And if all goes well, you may receive the best present of all – a sold sign on the front lawn!
So if you’ve been thinking about selling your home, now may be an ideal time to do so while buyers are eager, interest rates are still low and there isn’t as much competition from other sellers as there usually is this time of year. Here are several suggestions on how to get started and the best way to get top dollar for your home in today’s market.
Pick the best agent for the job. Selling a home is never easy, but in today’s complex real estate market it’s particularly challenging. So it’s more important than ever to find an experienced professional Realtor to help you get the job done. This is no time for amateurs. Start by interviewing several agents to see who has a proven track record of successfully marketing properties in your area. Ask them about their marketing plan, including print media, social media and online marketing via major real estate websites. Find out how well networked they and their brokerage are to other agents with potential buyers. Do they have offices beyond your city limits and even outside the state? Today’s buyers are just as likely to be relocating from across the country as they are from across town.
Go online and be visual. Remember the days of sticking a sign in the front lawn and taking out an ad in the local paper? Those days are long gone. Nearly 90 percent of buyers start their search for a home online, according to the National Association of Realtors. So you must be there in a big way to compete for the attention of buyers. Work with your agent to put up lots of high-resolution photos and as much information as possible. Make sure to show photos of all the major areas of your home and yard to give buyers as much of a sense of being there as possible. If not, buyers may wonder what you’re hiding. And strongly consider using video and virtual tours. Such marketing tools are no longer just for luxury homes.
Price your home competitively for today’s market. Just because a house comparable to yours sold for a certain price before the recession doesn’t mean you will be able to get the same price today. A lot has changed since then. And while prices are firming up, it’s still important to realize the new realities of today’s market. Talk with your Realtor to determine the appropriate, competitive listing price for your home based on current market conditions. You may even choose to have an appraisal done in advance of setting the price. Remember that in this market, homes that are priced aggressively attract the most buyers and – in some cases – multiple offers that push your final sale price even higher!