Christmas in the Tri-Town

Christmas is almost here and the tri-town of Marion, Mattapoisett, and Rochester are always host to some great events celebrating the holidays.

Saturday, December 7th, the Old Rochester Regional High School Drama Club will have a matinee show of “Elf the Musical” at 12:30 pm. The show will conclude with a visit from Santa for a meet-and-greet with the kids. Don’t forget your cameras.

Also, on Saturday, December 7th is the annual “Santa Run: 5K. Hundreds of “Santas” will be running through the village of Mattapoisett. The “Youth Elves Run” fun run  for ages 13 and under, will start at 12:30 pm and the Santa Run 5K will start at 1:00 pm. The Santa Run has been changed from Downtown New Bedford to Mattapoisett this year.

Sunday, December 8th, brings Santa to the Rochester Senior Center on Dexter Lane for the Lion’s Club annual “Breakfast with Santa.” The event will run from 8:00 am to 11:00 am with a full breakfast menu.  There will also be holiday crafts, games, and cookie decorating.  The Lions suggest a $5 donation for photos with Santa.

Sunday, December 8th, also brings Santa to Marion at the Benjamin D. Cushing Community Center annual “Pizza with Santa” from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. They will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for it s “Fill a Cruiser” toy drive for area children in foster care and adoption services.

Also, on Sunday, is another matinee at 2:00 pm for “Elf the Musical”

Sunday also features the favorite Marion Holiday Stroll at 3:00 pm. Santa will arrive at the Marion Town Wharf off Front Street and board his horse-drawn carriage for a parade through the village. Word on the street is the Grinch may be spotted also.  The event is from 3:00 pm to 5:30 and will end with the tree lighting at Bicentennial Park at the corner of Main Street and Spring Street.

Rochester will hold their Annual Tree Lighting on Monday, December 9th at 6:30pm on the Rochester Town Green in front of the Town Hall.  The Rochester Memorial School Band and Chorus will be performing and of course there will be a visit from Santa on his Fire Engine.

Santa will be back on Saturday, December 14th from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Mattapoisett Holiday in the Park.  The big tent will feature fresh food from local restaurants and a performance by the Showstoppers.

It’s a great time in the tri-town.  Come on out and enjoy the festivities!

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This blog was posted on www.boldrealestate.com on December 8th, 2019.

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Staging Tips for Selling During the Holidays

Staging Tips for Selling During the Holidays

By: Kara Wahlgren
www.hgtv.com

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.”

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 knick knacks, 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. Have you always been interested in real estate?  Visit www.agentrising.com to start your real estate career with  Agent Rising Real Estate School. We offer online as well as Live Hours to complete your requirements to sit and pass your real estate exam. Call 508-997-8844 for more information and to register.

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Holidays are a Great Time to Buy

holidaysThe holidays will soon be here and it’s a great time to spend with family and friends. On another note, it’s also a great time to buy real estate. You may have to brave the elements, and put up with the craziness of the holidays, but it is definitely worth it.

Although inventory is generally limited, if you are persistent, you have less competition and can negotiate a great deal.

Also, sellers are usually motivated if they decide to put their home up for sale during the busy holidays.  There are many reasons why a seller may have to sell their home soon, such as relocation or they may want to be in their new home by Christmas. This can all work in a buyer’s favor.

There may be great tax advantages to closing before the end of the year depending on your tax situation.  If you are in the market for a new home, it can be a great decision to start looking.

Interest rates are always fluctuating but tend to lower at the end of the year.  It’s not a given, but a trend a buyer can take advantage of.

Sometimes closings are quicker at this time of year.  Even though lenders, and real estate agents are busy with their own holiday plans and work less, there is a great incentive to close before Christmas and finish the deal before the New Year.

Has real estate always interested you? Are you ready to take the next step and start your real estate career? Agent Rising Real Estate School has you covered.  We offer online courses and Live Hours and Bootcamps to help you fulfill your requirements and prepare you to take and pass your real estate exam. Visit www.agentrising.com or call 508-997-8844

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Upcoming Agent Rising Classes!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and the the holidays are quick to follow, but there is still time to start on the journey to your real estate career before the New Year.

Agent Rising Real Estate School is offering new classes in December and the New Year.

Sign up for this great class!

We are also offering  our next Live Boot Camp on January 10th and 11th at the BOLD Welcome Center at 145 Fairhaven Road in Mattapoisett.

With the craziness of summer behind us, now is a great time to start taking our online courses and completing your required 19 independent hours.  There is still time before the holidays are upon us to finish your independent hours and finish up in the New Year with out Live Boot Camp.  We have all the tools you need to complete your requirements and sit for and pass your real estate exam.  You can be a licensed real estate agent at the start of the New Year.

Now is a great time to start on the road to your real estate license.

Visit www.agentrising.com or call 508-997-8844 to enroll or find out more information.

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Fall and Winter Selling Tips

Spring is always advertised as the best time to sell a home but the fall and winter market is a great time too!  What should you do to keep your house looking it’s best and ready to sell?

Keep up with your system maintenance.  Now is the time to turn on the heat and and stoke up the fire.  Make sure your heating system is serviced and trouble-free and it’s a great time to clean the chimneys and make sure your woodstoves and fireplaces are safe and in working order.  Regular maintenance will keep all your appliances working properly.

Keep up with the outside maintenance also.  Keep the grass cut, leaves raked, or snow shoveled so the yard looks its best and is safe for showings. You might want to pull out some spring photos you have of the house.  The fall and winter look of your home may be cozy but you also want sellers to see what it looks like with flowers blooming and grass growing.

Take advantage of the seasonal decor.  Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas can show your home in a great light.  A cozy fire and great aromas such as potpourri simmering on the stove can add to the homey feel of the home.   Keep the decorations light and classic.  Halloween pumpkins and mums and gourds are a great look, but avoid the gore and scary aspects of Halloween, such as spider webs, Friday the 13th characters or scary masks.  For Thanksgiving and Christmas, less is more.  Classic decorations are in order rather than over the top lights and displays.

Lighting is important when we turn the clocks back  and it gets darker earlier.  Make sure there is plenty of lighting inside and out to keep the home bright and cozy.  Showings may be after dark, and a lit up yard can help potential buyers see the yard better.

There may be less showings at this time of year, but buyers are usually serious.  Try to be flexible with showings so buyers have the chance to get in and see the house according to their schedules. The days may be getting shorter but there is still plenty of time to sell your home.

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