5 Reasons to Sell in the McAllen Area This Winter

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With every decision in life, there are pros and cons. Choosing when to sell your home is no different. Many homeowners believe that selling during the fall and winter months is not a good idea; they think spring is the only time a home can be sold. This couldn't be further from the truth! Here's why.
  1. Less competition. The fewer comparable homes for sale, the greater the probability a buyer will look at your home. It's a matter of supply and demand. If there are fewer homes for sale, buyers have fewer homes to choose from. This increases the demand for your property. Not only will low supply increase your chance for showings, but it will increase your chances of selling for top dollar.
  2. Low mortgage rates. Interest rates are expected to increase soon. Since rates are so low now, buyers are able to afford more expensive homes. If the rates go up during the winter while you wait to list your property, you could lose thousands of dollars. Higher rates could eliminate certain buyers from the marketplace. Less demand for your home means less money for you. Bottom line? Take advantage of these low rates now.

  3. Serious buyers. Homes are bought and sold 365 days of the year, not just in the spring. Some buyers may stop looking during the fall and winter, but serious buyers are always out there. Plus, if your neighbors put up holiday lights, buyers can really get a feel for your neighborhood.
  4. Use the best agents. The best agents are always up to a challenge. A great agent will adapt to the season and market your home appropriately. They will also give you tips on how to sell in the winter. If your agent tells you that homes simply don't sell in the winter, you need to be concerned about how creative that agent will be in marketing your home.
  5. Quicker transactions. Since there are fewer transactions in the winter, everyone from the mortgage company to the home inspector has more time to focus solely on your transaction. This means that you can close faster in the winter than you could in the spring when everyone in the home closing process is much busier.
There are many advantages to selling your home in the winter. If you have any questions, give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you!

How Should You Decorate Your McAllen Area Home When Selling This Holiday Season?

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Today, expert home stager Lindsey Cavazos joins us to share some holiday decorating ideas that will appeal to buyers!
For many, the holidays are already the most stressful time of the year -- trying to sell during this time only amplifies it! Many homeowners are unsure how they should present their home during the holidays. Luckily, we're here to help.
Nothing says "Make yourself at home!" like a home that already smells like the holidays. Before buyers come over for a showing, boil one sliced orange, one sliced lemon, four bay leaves, two tablespoons of whole cloves, four cinnamon sticks, and half a cup of cranberries in four cups of water. This will ensure they make themselves comfortable and will take their time walking around your home!

When decorating your home for the holidays, you want to keep it simple! You don't want to overwhelm buyers with a bunch of holiday decor. Enhance what you have, and simply accent with holiday decorations. It's very important to declutter before bringing out the ornaments. Keep in mind that large nativity displays and villages are popular with homeowners and may add a personal touch, but are not popular with all buyers. Instead of a busy display, opt to highlight features of a room, like the mantle, by using garland and few ornaments.
When shopping for a tree, keep in mind where you're going to be putting it. If you have a small space, don't go and get a huge Christmas tree. You don't want to crowd the area and make it feel small and overwhelmed. If you have tall ceilings, get a tall tree that will fill the room and decorate them as much as you would like. One thing to keep in mind is that the tree should compliment the color palate of the room. If a tree has a clean, all-white color scheme, skip the clashing red garland and opt for a white tree, white candles, and silver glass ornaments.
Lights or no lights? This is a question most sellers have when marketing their home during the holiday season. If you decide to put lights up, keep in mind that doing it tastefully is key. Show off your landscape by adding single-strand lighting leading up to your front door and use lights to enhance your flowerbeds and trees. Nothing says curb appeal more than a well-lit, beautifully manicured front yard! There are buyers who may be drawn to the neighborhood and location based on what the street looks like during the holidays!
If you have any questions about making your home look its best this holiday season, please don't hesitate to reach out to us! We would love to hear from you!