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Home for the Holidays: Decorating Tips to Make the Most of the Season

If you’re anything like us, you get a warm, fuzzy feeling when you hear Perry Como crooning the lyrics to “Home for the Holidays.” That classic Christmas song remains a favorite because its message rings true, more than 60 years after it was first recorded. There’s truly no place like home during the holiday season. Cold weather and shorter days have us all in the mood to stay inside and spend time with our loved ones. Here at Realty One, we know just how important your home is to you, we help hundreds of people each year find their perfect home in Winston-Salem and the surrounding areas.

 

In the spirit of the season, we thought we’d share a few of our favorite decorating tips to help you spruce up your home this holiday season. A wreath on the door and warm candles on the mantle are a welcome invitation for friends and family to come inside and enjoy the warmth and comfort of your beautiful home.

 

Holiday Decorating Ideas

Adorn the door. Nothing is more striking than a dark green wreath with a big red bow. Look for fresh wreaths at local tree lots, where they’ll often make wreaths to sell from the scraps cut from recently purchased trees. When you get home, hang it on the door with a magnetic hook to avoid doing any damage to your front door.

Bring the outside in. There’s so much more you can do to decorate with greenery in addition to a live tree. Take the trimmings from your Christmas tree and use them to make a beautiful candle wreath. All you need is some florists oasis to use as a base, and then stick short cuttings of pine or even holly and boxwood around a grouping of candles. And don’t forget the magnificent magnolia found in many of our neighborhoods. These glossy evergreen leaves look beautiful on mantles or arranged around a candle on your dining room table.

Let the whole house be festive. Rather than relegating all your decorating to one room, spread the joy throughout the house. It doesn’t take much to get other rooms in a festive spirit. A few holiday towels in the bathrooms, a small tree in the bonus room and a wreath above the master bed will turn your house into a holiday wonderland.

Share the warmth. You know how much you love driving around and seeing the festive, twinkling lights of other people’s decorations. Why not let your own home be one of those people look forward to driving by? You don’t have to go all out with a big light display to add some sparkle to the dark of winter. A few strands of lights hung around your front door or electric candles in the window are a nice touch to brighten up these early evenings.

 

Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

  • Once you have all your favorite decorations up, you want to make sure everything is safe and sound throughout the season. Here are a few tips:
  • Keep your tree watered and away from heat sources. Dry needles can easily catch a spark from hot lights. If you have an artificial tree, make sure it’s fire resistant.
  • Check all your lights before use, both indoor and outdoor. Look for frayed wires and loose connections, and discard strings of lights that can’t be fixed. Be sure to unplug lights before replacing bulbs or doing repairs.
  • Keep poinsettias out of reach of kids and pets. These flowers are beautiful but poisonous when ingested.
  • Make sure to turn off all lights and extinguish all your candles before going to bed at night.

 

We know your home looks beautiful for the holidays, and with these safety tips you’ll be able to enjoy it for many days to come. From Realty One, we wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

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The #1 Reason to List Your House, NOW!

Reblog from Team George Real Estate: The #1 Reason to List Your House, NOW!

Reblogged from Team George Real Estate. Original post date October 27, 2017. Click here to view original post.


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The National Association of Realtors (NAR) released the results of their latest Existing Home Sales Report which revealed that sales rose 0.7% month-over-month, but remain 1.5% lower than they were a year ago. Some may look at these numbers and think that now is not a good time to sell their house, but in fact, the opposite is true.

The national slowdown in sales is directly tied to a lack of inventory available for the buyers who are out in the market looking for their dream homes! The inventory of homes for sale has fallen year-over-year for the last 28 months and has had an upward impact on home prices.

NAR’s Chief Economist Lawrence Yun had this to say,

“Home sales in recent months remain at their lowest level of the year and are unable to break through, despite considerable buyer interest in most parts of the country”.

Realtors® this fall continue to say, “the primary impediments stifling sales growth are the same as they have been all year: not enough listings – especially at the lower end of the market – and fast-rising prices that are straining the budgets of prospective buyers.”   

The houses that are on the market are selling fast, too! According to NAR’s Realtors Confidence Index, the median number of days it took for a house to go from listed to under contract over the past three months was 34.

Bottom Line

If you are one of the many homeowners who is debating listing your house for sale this year, the time is now! Meet with a local real estate professional who can guide you through the process and discuss the specifics of your market!

 

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