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'Tis the Season: Holiday Selling Tips

Did you get a chance to read this post from Debe? It was a featured post, so you may have. Its good timing considering homeowners are decorating for the holidays and may still be very interested in selling their home.

Have you spoken to them about how to decorate their home during this time? Here are a few tips.

'Tis the Season:  Selling During the Holidays

'Tis the Season to Sell Your Home

During the holiday season, the focus for many turns to home and family.  Many buyers cease searching for a new home during this time; however, there are many others who have no choice--they must continue their search because of job transfers, family changes or relocation.  Due to the fact that many sellers feel that during this holiday season, they would prefer not to be 'disturbed,' they will temporarily remove their homes from the market until after the first of the year.


Place a simple wreath on your front door



I recommend that my sellers remain on the market during this time if at all possible.  The reason--there is far less competition.  Yes, there are fewer buyers but, the competition is far less and you've got a better chance of selling during this season than waiting for the spring's flood of new listings.

Consider this--holiday festivities are a breeze at your home that is on the market during this season because you have already done the work to constantly keep your home in showing order to be prepared for a showing at a moment's notice.  Your efforts to reach out to potential buyers could pay off during this challenging time!



When your home offers the features and amenities. location and price that a potential buyer is looking for, you are more likely to sell it quickly in the winter than waiting for the spring or summer buying seasons.  Your home may very well be looking its best this time of year.  Here are some tips for setting the stage for your holiday listing:

  1. Simple, classy holiday decorationsAdorn your front door with a festive wreath.

  2. Place a fresh welcome mat at the front door.

  3. Minimize your holiday decorations--tastefully selected decorations will give the buyer a 'warm' feeling but, not distract their eyes from your home, which is what you want to ultimately sell.

    Simple, classy holiday decorations

  4. Remove furniture to accomodate your decorations--you don't want your home to appear smaller than it is because you've tucked a small tree in the corner and pushed your furniture together to accomodate that tree.

    Appeal to the buyers' sense of smell

  5. Holiday scents will make your home seem warm and welcoming--consider boiling an apple slice and a stick of cinnamon just before a showing.  You can store your boiling pot in the refrigerator for several days for re-use.

  6. If you're only stepping out of the home for the agents to show, leave it toasty with a fire in the fireplace.  Do not leave your home unattended with a fire burning though!

  7. Because winter months can be dreary because of the weather, raise your blinds and leave the lights on.

    Simple, classy holiday decorations

  8. Do not over-decorate--all buyers do not celebrate the holidays in the same manner that you do so, give your home a warm feeling but, don't overdo it.

  9. Leave your stereo playing classical or jazz music softly during showings.

  10. As you leave your home for showings, ask yourself if you've appealed to all senses:  visual, smell and sound.  You may even want leave them cookies to appeal to their sense of taste!


Other holiday incentives you can offer:

  • If you can cover the buyer’s closing costs, or a portion thereof, you may attract potential buyers to your home by advertising this information.
  • Offer a “decorating allowance” for purchasing your home during the winter months. 

Simple, classy holiday decorations


Keep in mind that when you place or leave your home on the market during the winter holiday season, people rarely “browse” for homes during this time of year. The potential buyers who do visit your home are serious about buying and are often in a hurry to do so.


The equation is simple:  Serious buyers +  tastefully done festive décor = you, well on the way to selling your home!  'Tis the season!

Debe in Charlotte   

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Comment balloon 5 commentsJohn Cannata • December 06 2009 11:40PM


These are all good ideas and helpful reminders. I agree.

Posted by Michelle Carr-Crowe Just Call 408-252-8900 Top 1%!, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) over 9 years ago

Hi John!  Just stopping by to let you know that I totally agree here!  LOL  Thanks for the re-blog!  Hope you have a wonderful week...


Debe In CharlotteMerry Christmas

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 9 years ago

Thanks Michelle - All credit goes to Debe.

Debe - I hope you do agree. :-)  My pleasure to reblog. I know it was featured, but it doesnt hurt to share with my readers who may not have seen the features that day.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 over 9 years ago

Good post; I can see why you would reblog, I would.

Posted by Teral McDowell (Referral Patners LLC) over 9 years ago

Thanks Teral

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 over 9 years ago