December's Edmonton Market Update

Edmonton December 2015

Dear Friends,

The holiday season brings with it opportunity to gather, celebrate and give.  Use our list of events and activities in and around the city to take the time to stop, enjoy and remember the true spirit of Christmas with friends and family. 

We also have tips on how to take full advantage of the holiday season when selling your home.  Decorating and staging the right way can impress on buyer’s the potential for your home as a place to gather, entertain and hibernate for the holiday season. 

As the year comes to a close, we can reflect on 2015 as a year of change and uncertainty but also as one of opportunity and renewal.  Check out our Infographic market reports to see how these changes are reflected in our local real estate market.

Happy Holidays and a Prosperous New Year!

If you, your friends or family are looking to buy or sell real estate please keep me in mind. Your referral is the best compliment I can receive.

Christmas Cheer
Edmonton Statistics - November 2015
Edmonton Holiday Events

Festival of Light - Saturday, December 5 to Monday, December 14

Candy Cane Lane - Friday, December 11 to Sunday, January 3, 2016

ETS Christmas Light Tours - December 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, and 20

Southeast Winter Fun Festival - Saturday, December 12

Hay Rides + Santa Photos - Saturday, December 12 & Saturday, December 19

Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree - Thursday, December 17 - Sunday, December 20

Miracle on 34th Street Food Bank Fundraiser - Wednesday, December 23


Edmonton New Year
Holiday Home Selling

Make your home stand out over the holiday season

The holiday times are festive but also full of school concerts, parties, visits to Santa and shopping trips to the mall.  However, if your home is on the market this time of the year you can know the brave buyers out there are serious. Seeing your home trimmed for the holidays just might make them want to ring in the New Year there as their own home.

Try these tips to get buyers in the buying spirit:

Pure and Simple.  Adding reindeer and snowmen figurines to an already cluttered home, will not transform it to inviting.  Before you start to add festive cheer, be sure to stage and clean your home first.

A Few of My Favorite Things. The pillars of home-staging might tempt you to avoid the adornment, but a few hints of the holidays like a fresh evergreen wreath, a vase filled with ornaments and pinecones and a candy cane or cinnamon scent diffused through the home can create a warm and festive feeling. Don’t forget to add carols playing softly in the background.

Silent Night.  Remember more is not always merrier when it comes to Christmas lights. Tone down any over the top displays and instead use simple string lighting or a few sparkling LED spotlights to draw attention to your home’s landscaping or architecture.

Happy Holidays. Opt for neutral winter and holiday decorations rather than items with religious themes.  You want to attract any type of buyer and not risk causing offence.

Oh Christmas Tree. A well-decorated tree can help you show off your home, but make sure it doesn’t overwhelm by taking up too much floor space. Resist the urge to hang the homemade kid’s ornaments and everything you own on the tree.  Have a color-coordinated theme such as blue and silver or red and gold.

Deck the Halls. Before you start untangling your tinsel, make sure your holiday collection matches your current decor. If your living room is platinum or blue, skip the clashing red and opt for white and silver candles, wreaths or snowflakes. If you’ve got an earthy color scheme, accent with rich tones and natural accents like cranberries and holly, forest greens and gold ribbons and bows.

Comfort and Joy. A few decorations can stir the holiday spirit, but don’t go overboard.  Adornments that are too large, crowded or bright can distract buyers from the home itself. The accents should make the buyers want to curl up with a cup of cocoa and stay awhile, not feel like they are looking at a store display.

Limit yourself to a few splashes of the season’s spirit and keep the rest packed away for now.  If you start to feel nostalgic for all your personal holiday items collected over the years, just remember with a little luck, next year you will be decorating your new home any way you please!



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