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Holiday Time, a Good Time or Bad Time to Sell Your Home?

In most cases, you would think that the holiday time is a bad time to sell a home. “Sixty percent of real estate professionals advise their sellers to list a home during the holidays because it’s a good time to sell, according to a new survey conducted by Realtor.com.” – Daily Real Estate News, December 5, 2011.

According to Daily Real Estate News, Almost 80 percent of agents who were survey said that buyer who are out during the holidays are more serious. Over 60 percent of agents said that because there are less homes on the market that there is not as much competition for the seller since less homes are generally for sale during that time.  Interestingly enough, almost 20 percent of agents said that the homes felt more cozy due to the cold weather.

During the winter season photographs the the property are even more important for the sale of the home according to the interview by Realtor.com. Sellers don’t tend to offer open houses as much during the holidays, therefore relying more on the photos and videos. This also helps the buyer bypass listings that do don’t interest them.

Helpful Tip: Find an agent that takes good photographs. I am a photographer on the side and I have had many people remark on the photos and how the photos got them to look at the property.

Photo Copyright 2006 Amy S Myers

Tips for Decluttering Your Home

With all the hustle and bustle of life today, a home can easily get cluttered. Things that get can get forgotten sometimes are organizing cabinets, closets, and other storage areas. We just all need to take the time to put things back where they belong.

The ultimate goal is to have a tranquil – place to unwind and escape from stress. But if you have a cluttered home that may be difficult. Take a look at some easy tips for your home to get started on cutting the clutter:

1) Be realistic by setting goals. If you try to clean up your house in a hour or two that may only cause frustration. Start with one room at a time.

2) Come to terms with possessions that may have an emotional attachment ( a weakness for me ). It could be tough on letting go of some of those family items that have been passed down but other things can be thrown away, donated or sold.

3) Remove the clutter that is out in the open. Try to keep photo displays to a minimum, as well as artwork and knickknacks. If you have heavy curtains, try getting something lighter. Less clutter will make your rooms feel more spacious and open.

4) Alphabetize your DVDs, CDs and video games. You will thank yourself next time you go looking.

5) Store your seasonal clothing elsewhere when not in season. A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t worn it in 6 months donate it or sell it.

6) Control your mail and newspapers. Throw them away as soon as possible. Keep important items in a place that won’t be bothered. I find that I have to grab the bills from my mail immediately, because on a previous occasion, they have gotten to the middle of a pile that got moved to a closet and was never seen again until the late bill came.

Start with these items and you will be on your way to clutter free living.Â

Photo Copyright – Amy S Myers 2007-2011

Featured Listing: Great Investment or Starter Home!

Here is a great listing that has recently been reduced for a prompt sale.

*Â Two Bedroom, 1 bath

* Basement, Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen,

* 1-2 off street parking, large front porch with swing,

* Furnace approximately 1 1/2 years old

* Ready to move in! A great buy for the money

*Â All offers subject to bank approval

404 1/2 Franklin Avenue

Vandergrift, PAÂ 15690

Contact me today for an appointment!

Click here for more detailed information and additional photos

Refer to MLS #759885

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Price Reduced – One Floor Living

Get ready for spring with this cozy two bedroom ranch home that has many updates: New roof, siding, deck with awning, and includes appliances. There is a large basement and plumbing for another bath. You will love the over-sized yard which is great for picnic fun. Some finishing touches need completed Also includes a HSA Home Warranty. Call today to view!


Location: 227 Talisman Lane, Harrison Twp, Natrona Heights, PA 15065


Click here for more details and photos – refer to MLS 760973


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Pittsburgh Real Estate on the Rise

I was delighted to hear in yesterday’s local news that Pittsburgh area Home Prices are on the rise. They have been stable but are actually rising. They were up in 2007 and expected to up in statistics from 2008.

Read the article from the local tribune
“Home prices increased 3.5 percent in 2007 and are expected to be up 1.9 percent in 2008, PNC says.”