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Staging Tips for Selling During the Holidays

Staging Tips for Selling During the Holidays

By: Kara Wahlgren
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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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End the Year on a High Note

It’s December 2nd and we have a limited amount of days left for the year but there is still time to end the year strong!

With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s tempting to let your business slide and wait to pick it up next year, but there is still time to do both.

We know there is much to do with shopping and decorating and wrapping, but its a great time to spend with family and friends.  It’s important to work family time in with all your activities.  Enlist your family’s help to wrap presents, and make holiday treats and spend a fun night decorating and enjoying family time.

Don’t let your day to day business fall by the wayside.  It might not be a great time to start a new initiative, but daily maintenance on your business is a must.  You can also incorporate the Christmas holiday into your business with holiday cards and pop-by gifts. A great December means a great January.

It’s also not too late too start your real estate career.  Start your online course this month and attend our Live Hours Bootcamp in January and you could be a real estate agent in the New Year.

Visit www.agentrising.com for more information and to register or call 508-997-8844

 

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New Boot Camp January 10th and 11th!

Agent Rising Real Estate School is excited to offer 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.

What better way to change your life and embark on a new journey. Have you always dreamed of starting a real estate career?  Now is a great time to start!

Call 508-997-8844  for more information and enroll or visit www.agentrising.com and sign up today.

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Real Estate 2020

What will 2020 bring in the real estate world?  Here is the latest news on how the real estate market will fare in the New Year!

The indicators are predicting that home sales will increase and be a shining star in the economy of 2020.  Sales from existing homes and new homes will keep the real estate market on solid ground.

Real estate sales activity are predicted to increase in 2020, contrary to past beliefs that sales would decrease in the coming year.  The reason for this could be linked to low mortgage rates.

Inventory still continues to be an issue.  There is a shortage of homes to sell in comparison with the buyers out there looking. This is more of an issue with lower-priced homes and first-time home buyers. This means more time to find the house of your dreams.

While predicting the future is never completely accurate, mortgage rates are predicted to creep up slightly but still stay under the 4% mark.  This is good news for buyers and can help with their sense of urgency to find a home.

House prices are expected to rise in 2020 but at a slower rate than 2019.  It all depends on what housing market you are looking at.  Some markets are actually seeing a price drop which may continue in 2020.

Since home prices have risen in the last few years and mortgage rates have stayed lower, the country will see a lot of refinancing in the year ahead.

All in all, 2020 seems like a year of small changes and could look a lot like 2019.

Agent Rising Real Estate School covers everything real estate.  Are you ready to take the next step and start your real estate career? We have online courses as well as Live Hours to help you pass your real estate exam.

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Energy Efficient Landscaping Tips

Better Homes and Gardens has some great energy efficient tips for landscaping your yard according to your region of the country.

Sitting under a shade tree on a hot day makes you cooler, and standing by a wall on a cold, windy day makes you feel warmer.  You can landscape your yard to offer your home those same benefits. It just takes a bit of planning in the way you site trees, fences, and other elements.

Some things to consider:

A well-positioned tree can save up to 25 percent of your home’s energy for heating and cooling.

A tree-shaded yard can be up to 6 degrees cooler than a sunny yard. A shaded lawn can be up to 25 degrees cooler than sunny pavement.

Shading your home’s roof can increase your air conditioner’s energy efficiency by more than 10 percent.

A single shade tree equals the cooling power of 15 air conditioners — and it runs for free!

Three house-shading trees can cut your cooling bill by as much as half.

Windbreaks can cut winter heating bills by 10 to 30 percent.

The Northeast: In most of your region, you want to take advantage of the sun’s heat during the winter, so plant deciduous trees on the south- and west-facing sides of your home. This will do double duty: In summer, their leafy canopy will shade your house, helping to keep it cooler. It’s also helpful to use a windbreak of trees or large shrubs to the north or northwest side of your home. This block will prevent winter winds from stealing as much of your home’s heat.

These are some great tips when you are changing or designing your outdoor space.  Winter is almost here! Now is a great time to design a new outdoor space and implement the design in the coming spring.

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Start Your Real Estate Career Today!

It’s that time of year again! We just “Fell Behind” and turned our clocks back an hour.  We have daylight in the morning but it really gets dark early now.  Now is a great time to consider starting your real estate career!  With an earlier sunset, it’s a great time to take advantage and start studying for your real estate exam.

Agent Rising Real Estate School has everything you need to help you start your real estate career.  We offer online classes for those dark, quiet nights as well as Live Hours to help you fulfill your requirements to sit for your real estate exam.

We also offer Live Two-Day Boot Camps to help you get your hours under your belt quickly and easily.  Kate Lanagan MacGregor, co-owner of BOLD Real Estate leads the classes with information, real-life scenarios and guest speakers.  She keeps the classes informative and fun.  The two ten-hour days pass so quickly.

You still have time to start your course and become a real estate agent by the New Year.

Visit www.agentrising.com for all the information you will need to enroll today or call 508-997-8844 for 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.

Visit www.agentrising.com for more information on starting your real estate career whether traditional classroom or online.  Check out our Scholarshare program.

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Continuing Education at Agent Rising

Agent Rising Real Estate School is known for its online courses, Live Hours, and Bootcamps to help launch your real estate career! But that’s not all we offer!

We also offer Continuing education credits to help you maintain your real estate career!  Watch our courses online and earn the credits you need to renew your real estate license!  We are here to support real estate agents through every step of their real estate career.

We also offer Broker courses through our Broker Rising program.  Let us help you reach the next step in your real estate journey.

Would love to start your journey to a real estate career but finances are a problem?  Check out our ScholarSHARE link and tell us your story. You may be chosen to receive a free online course.

We have everything you need to up your professionalism or start your real estate career.  Visit www.agentrising.com or call 508-997-8844

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Don’t Let Starting a Real Estate Career “Scare” You Off

Fall is a great time to start a new adventure.  The kids are back to school and life seems to slow down a little from the hectic summer pace.

Don’t let the season “scare” you off from starting this new page in your story.  Agent Rising Real Estate School has all the tools you need to start your real estate career.  With online courses as well as Live Hours and two-day Bootcamps, we can help guide you through the process and thoroughly prepare you to take your real estate exam.

I’ts as easy as calling 508-997-8844 or visiting www.agentrising.com   You can be on your way to starting your online course even before Halloween.

Finances are an issue? Check out our ScholarSHARE link and see how you may be picked for a free online course.  Tell us your story and how starting a real estate career could change your life.

So don’t be “frightened away” and give us a call.  Halloween is right around the corner.

 

 

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Agent Rising’s ScholarSHARE Program

Earn a Free Online Course

Have you always wanted to go into Real Estate but didn’t know what steps to take to get there or faced obstacles that prevented you from pursuing your goal? We select a deserving winner every month to take the SOAR Online Real Estate Class for FREE, valued at $327. This scholarship is awarded each month. You can re-apply if not selected for the current month.

Now is a great time to start a real estate career! With unlimited earning potential, you can be your own boss and make your own schedule. The more time you put in, the more you get out of your real estate career.

We understand that finances may be an issue to starting your real estate career. Tell us your story and how a real estate career can change your life and you may be chosen to receive our free online course.  It’s a great opportunity to change your life!

We provide you with all the tools you need to pass your real estate exam! Start now and you could be a real estate agent by the New Year!

Visit www.agentrising.com or call 508-997-8844