Scratch whatever you may have heard about the spring and summer to be the best times to sell your home. The time is NOW! I know you must be thinking if there could be a more HECTIC time but the truth of the matter is that if you’ve even considered moving on from your current home in the next year, here are several reasons that will drive your decision to make the move now:
- Presentation: Your home looks great with all of your Christmas decorations and lights. You may even keep your home more organized and spotless than usual with unexpected guests knocking at your door to visit while they are in town. Why not take advantage of it? Make sure your decorations are tasteful and updated to appeal to all possible buyers.
- A Less Competitive Market: For the exact reason that you are pondering why you should you put your home on the market during this time of year, you can be sure that lots of people are thinking this. This creates less competition in the home market which gives YOU the driving edge for possible buyers looking in your area. Less inventory means more foot traffic through your home which increases your chances of getting the offer you want.
- Serious Buyers: As we inch toward the end of a year, many corporate moves happen during this time. People also think about making a fresh start in a new home. The most important role that you have as a seller is to provide a flexible showing schedule to accommodate those who want to see your home. Think of like this: they wouldn’t look if they weren’t serious. Last year, I had two buyers that bought homes in December and this year, I have four qualified buyers that are seeking to buy their next home now! Please let me show you how I can sell your home and help you achieve your real estate goals!
We’ve all been stuck with the challenge of finding the perfect gift for at least one person on our list! We want to be original and thoughtful without the (extreme) sticker shock. Here are some fresh budget-friendly gift ideas (2016 edition!) that will make your friends and family jump for joy!
For the traveler– You may not be able to give them a trip to Dubai but in the world of box deliveries, Try The World specializes in experiencing food from around the globe without leaving the comforts of your own kitchen. Chefs expertly craft every box to tailor it to a part of the world to ensure you are enjoying an authentic meal. Can we say YUM?!
Retail value: $29-39 per box
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For the thrill-seeker– Escape Room Games are original experiences to find the clues, solve the puzzle, and escape the room with your team. It’s fun for the family or even for date nights! Even better? You can find Groupon deals for local escape room venues in your area!
Retail value: $28 and up
For the tech-lover– The Amazon Echo Dot is the latest voice-controlled gadgets to help streamline everyday life with voice commands. The device is compatible to stream Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, or iHeartRadio and to control other wirelessly controlled lights, fans, and sprinklers. It also works as an alarm clock! This is the perfect gift to make tasks easier for the busiest person you know!
Retail value: $49.99 amazon.com
For the teen or tween– Think of the Skewb Ultimate as the classic Rubki’s Cube on steroids! The updated twist includes a 12-sided, 12-color spatial challenge based closely to the classic puzzle’s concept. Get them away from their screens and give their minds a bend as they twist the sides to mix up the shades and solve by getting one solid color to take up every side.
Retail value: $20, mcachicagostore.org
For the book lover- Even in the digital age, the classic book lover enjoys flipping the pages of a good book. Book of the Month Club offers the five hand-picked best books voted notable journalists and bloggers each month. The reader selects one book each month and the book is delivered in a custom-edition hardcover print. Imagine their excitement of opening up that package even after the holidays are over! Retail value: Subscriptions are $44.97 and up
For the sentimental– If you know somebody who loves decorating their home with photos, this canvas print is the perfect gift that will circle all of the things that they love most. This personalized canvas art brings the best memories into a beautiful art piece.
Retail value: Canvas prints vary $27.95 and up, http://www.personalizationmall.com/canvasart