To Tree Or Not To Tree?

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Real Estate Agent with The Realty Group, LLC

To Tree Or Not To Tree?  That is the question when your house is on the market during the holidays.

Do you Macy it up with a towering, teetering tree bedecked and bedazzled with an overabundance of bows and baubles that creates a load only an engineer could appreciate? 

Or are you tasteful with a tidy wreath on the front door and a few sprigs of greens on the mantle? 

What's the message are you sending out? 

Scenario #1:  Please, please, pleeeeeaaaaaaassssseeeee buy our home!  Can't you just envision yourself here on Christmas morning, opening gifts by a crackling fire (recently sweeped as indicated in the Seller's Disclosure).  Notice the updated electrical - how else could we run all these megalights day and night and run the dishwasher at the same time?  Did you see our illuminated For Sale sign or did you google the neighborhood and find our lights on the satelite view?  Oh by the way, want a cookie?  We baked them in our double convection oven in the updated kitchen (notice the stainless steel and new granite, thank you)!  We are SO desperate to sell our home, we'll even throw in the fake presents under the tree!

 Scenario #2  Bah Humbug.  I know it's Christmas but frankly, we're so broke we're not doing anything.  Please buy our house.

 Scenario #3 - Welcome to our home.  We are continuing our usual Christmas tradition even if our house is on the market.  We've had many good memories here - and we hope you will too. 

Personally, I go for #3 - enjoy the holidays in your house (tastefully) after all, if all goes as planned, it will be your last. 

How do you advise your clients to decorate during the holidays? 

 

 

 

Posted by

Alyce Martin, CNE, Associate Broker in Albuquerque "The Place To Be!"
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Monica Stanciu
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I will go with the tree and tasteful decorating inside and no inflatable Santas/deers/snowmen and multicolored lights outside.

December 11, 2009 09:20 PM
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Alyce Martin
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Kim Dillon - I like your thinking - maybe starting out with a striking wreath on the front door, changeable with the seasons (if the house is on the market that long...:(

Monica Stanciu - understated and tasteful wins everytime!

Thank you guys for your comments.  Stagers are awesome!

December 11, 2009 11:52 PM
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Christa Ross
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#3, without going overboard.

December 14, 2009 03:45 PM
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Liz Gallagher
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I would too ... but be sure to have it down soon after the holidays ... I wouldn't push it.

January 03, 2010 02:41 PM
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Alyce Martin
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Hi Liz - the boo-boo I often is see are Christmas trees in the MLS photos - in JUNE!

Happy New Year everybody.  I really think 2010 is going to be full of wonderful things for ALL of us!

January 03, 2010 10:05 PM
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