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11 Reasons to List your Home during the Holiday Season

You’ve heard it from real estate agents before. “The Winter season is slow.” Or, “No one is really buying or selling.” And even, “I’ll get started in the New Year, it’s a new start right?”

Wrong. The truth is, it’s better to be ahead than behind. Do you want to be moved by January? The winter months are the perfect opportunity for you to find the motivated buyers.

Holiday Season Home Sales

Of course, sellers sometimes need a little perspective to help them understand why listing now can benefit their bottom line. So without further adieu, here are 11 reasons why you should list during the Holiday Season.

  1. By selling now, you may have an opportunity to be a non-contingent buyer during the Spring, when many more houses are on the market for less money! This will allow you to sell high and buy low.
  2. You can sell now for more money and we will provide for a delayed closing or extended occupancy until early next year.
  3. Even though your house will be on the market, you still have the option to restrict showings during the six or seven days around the Holidays.
  4. January is traditionally the month for employees to begin new jobs. Since transfers cannot wait until Spring to buy, you need to be on the market during the Holidays to capture the market.
  5. Some people must buy before the end of the year for tax reasons.
  6. Buyers have more time to look for a home during the Holidays than they do during a work week.
  7. Buyers are more emotional during the Holidays, so they are more likely to pay your price.
  8. Houses show better when decorated for the Holidays.
  9. Since the supply of listings will dramatically increase in January, there will be less demand for your particular home. Less demand means more money for you.
  10. Serious buyers have fewer houses to choose from during the Holidays and less competition means more money for you.
  11. And the number one reason why your seller should list during the Holidays...people who look for homes during the Holidays are more serious buyers!

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Quarterly Market Report for the Baton Rouge Real Estate Market

The first quarter 2013 is NOT over but its been so exciting we have updated our quarterly market report EARLY!

Our market is doing EXTREMELY well. We are in an exciting period as we are seeing things happen that have not happened in some time. Multiple offer situations. Offers above list price. Lower days on the market. You might ask what this all means? Well don’t get OVERLY excited. While these things ARE happening in isolated areas we haven’t seen the price increases over all just yet. We are seeing lower inventories and increased demand. The spring season is upon us and inventory will increase through the next few months. As rates start to tick up, buyers will see their buying power decrease and I EXPECT that it will speed up the rate at which properties go under contract. This decrease in days on the market should stimulate demand even more…and at some point we should start to see some price increases. What I would recommend:

  1. Buyers – take notice. If you see homes that interest you DON’T WAIT. The good homes don’t last.
  2. Sellers – Make your home show ready and in great condition! You want to stand above the rest.

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Real Estate Recap: Capital Region Home Sales Up 17% while La. Foreclosures Drop

Ascension numbers drive final results: The number of homes sold in the Capital Region in July increased by 17% from the year before, thanks to a spike in sales in Ascension Parish. According to figures from the Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service, there were 614 sales in July, compared with 526 in July 2010. The average sale price was slightly down, from $196,527 in 2010 to $194,992. Ascension Parish helped drive the spike in sales; there were 120 MLS sales in the parish in July, compared with 77 in July 2010. The average sale price in Ascension was down slightly, from $214,455 in 2010 to $211,417.

State followed national trend in July: Louisiana followed the national pattern in home foreclosures last month, seeing a sharp decline from June as well as from July 2010. But foreclosure-tracking firm RealtyTrac says this is not cheering news for housing markets. The Irvine, Calif.-based company says delays on clearing out the backlog of troubled housing loans is simply extending the current housing crisis. In July, there were 1,704 Louisiana properties targeted for some sort of foreclosure action. Those ranged from an initial notice of default to repossession by a lender. But most of the Louisiana actions marked either the end of the process or close to the end for troubled homeowners: 637 properties were seized by lenders, while 761 received a final sale notice. Louisiana ranked 27th in the country in foreclosure notices, with one in every 1,152 housing units targeted last month. Still, the count was down 17.7% from June and 22.6% from July 2010.

5 Feng Shui Tips to Help Sell your Home

To put the best face on a listing and appeal to buyers who follow Feng Shui principles, keep these tips in mind.

  1. Pay special attention to the front door, which is considered the “mouth of chi” (chi is the “life force” of all things) and one of the most powerful aspects of the entire property. Abundance, blessings, opportunities, and good fortune enter through the front door. It’s also the first impression buyers have of how well the sellers have taken care of the rest of the property. Make sure the area around the front door is swept clean, free of cobwebs and clutter. Make sure all lighting is straight and properly hung. Better yet, light the path leading up to the front door to create an inviting atmosphere.
  2. Chi energy can be flushed away wherever there are drains in the home. To keep the good forces of a home in, always keep the toilet seats down and close the doors to bathrooms.
  3. The master bed should be in a place of honor, power, and protection, which is farthest from and facing toward the entryway of the room. It’s even better if you can place the bed diagonally in the farthest corner. Paint the room in colors that promote serenity, relaxation, and romance, such as soft tones of green, blue, and lavender.
  4. The dining room symbolizes the energy and power of family togetherness. Make sure the table is clear and uncluttered during showings. Use an attractive tablecloth to enhance the look of the table while also softening sharp corners.
  5. The windows are considered to be the eyes of the home. Getting the windows professionally cleaned will make the home sparkle and ensure that the view will be optimally displayed.

Source: Sell Your Home Faster With Feng Shui by Holly Ziegler (Dragon Chi Publications, 2001)

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