Sweet & Spicy Cranberry Meatballs (Slow Cooker)

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Meatballs

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 22 saltine crackers crushed
  • 1/3 cup dry minced onion
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder

Sweet & Spicy Cranberry Sauce

  • 1 can whole cranberry sauce 14 oz. can
  • 1/4 cup quality hoisin sauce like Kikkoman or Lee Kum Kee
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Franks Buffalo Hot WINGS Sauce to taste*
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Place a baking rack on top of a baking sheet. Set aside. (If you don’t have a baking rack, line baking sheet with parchment paper.)
  2. In a large bowl, combine all of the meatball ingredients, mix until well combined. Roll meat mixture into desired meatball size**. Place meatballs onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  3. Meanwhile, add all of the Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Sauce ingredients starting with just 2 teaspoons hot wings sauce to a bowl and mix to combine. You can add more hot sauce to taste at the end of cooking.
  4. Line the bottom of your slow cooker with meatballs, then a layer of Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Sauce, then the remaining meatballs followed by the remaining. Sauce. Gently stir meatballs an hour after cooking.
  5. Cover and cook on low heat for 2 hours. Taste and stir in additional hot wings sauce (I use a total of 2 tablespoons which is spicy) Keep warm until serving.

**Makes approximately 70 meatballs using 1″ cookie scoop; 35 meatballs using 2″ cookie scoop

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Luxury Portfolio Spotlight: Antebellum Inspired Texas Ranch, Upland Views in British Columbia, and a Swiss Estate on the Mediterranean

As our partnership with Luxury Portfolio allows, Intracoastal Realty’s listings are often featured on LuxuryPortfolio.com. We often peruse the other listings around the world and become enamored with the many features, outdoor spaces, and interior design and decor of these lavish properties. This week, we have opted to share three outstanding custom homes with you.

texasThis extraordinary Nottoway estate inspired, antebellum home, masterfully designed by award winning Rohe & Wright and custom home of the year in ’08.

Property features 27.7 acres, three homes (guest home with 3,957 square foot three bed/three bath, farmhouse with 1,778 square feet, two beds/1.5 baths), four-stall barn, stocked half-acre pond with lighting, heated pool with pool house, pecan orchard. 22 acres ag exempt! Don’t miss this opportunity to own one of the finest, breathtaking luxury estates with easy access to the Woodlands and Houston.

PROPERTY FEATURES INCLUDE:
4 Fireplace(s), Gated Entry, attached oversized garage, zoned central electric cooling, zoned central gas heating system

INTERIOR FEATURES INCLUDE:
alarm system, breakfast bar, elevator, high ceiling, island kitchen

APPROXIMATE SQUARE FEET: 7,159 ft

EXTERIOR:
Barn/stable, covered patio/deck, screened porch, outdoor kitchen, sprinkler system

ARCHITECTURAL STYLE: Georgian, Traditional

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canadaThis elegant ocean view Uplands home is a masterpiece emulating the epitome of superior construction merged with classic modern design. Designed by architect Sid Chow and built to exacting standard by Can Pro Construction, the home captures the spectacular ocean views from almost every room. The open plan features floor to ceiling windows with soaring beamed ceilings, filling the space with light from every direction. Special features include a German designed Poggenpohl kitchen with feature granite counter tops and bleached French white oak flooring. The master suite plus two bedrooms are on the uppermost floor with guest room down. Expansive patios front and back extend the living space for entertaining. A truly exclusive experience!

PROPERTY FEATURES INCLUDE: 1 Fireplace(s), double garage

VIEWS INCLUDE: Water, Sunrise, Mountain

BUILT IN: 2008

APPROXIMATE SQUARE FEET: 3,285 ft

ARCHITECTURAL STYLE: Modern

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switzerlandLuxurious estate hallmarked by a Mediterranean overlooking Lake Lugano. Elegant spacious interiors defined by striking finishes. Outstanding amenities such as a sumptuous master suite with an in-suite bathroom, gourmet kitchen and large wine cellar. Different terraces and an oversized portico. Bucolic Park with wonderful plants offering pristine panoramic vistas of the lake and the mountains.

PROPERTY FEATURES INCLUDE:
1 Fireplace(s), 2, 3, large wine cellar, Different terraces and an oversized portico, Bucolic Park with wonderful plants offering pristine panoramic vistas of the lake and the mountains

VIEWS INCLUDE: Hills, Water, Sunset

LOT DIMENSIONS: 1,950 m2

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Charitable Giving: Intracoastal Realty Gives Back

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Each year, we award education scholarships to deserving students at Brunswick Community College, Cape Fear Community College, and UNCW (25 years & Counting! )

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Intracoastal Realty has a rich involvement with many charitable organizations through its managers, agents and staff members, to serve our community by way of helping others. Including:

ACCESS of Wilmington
Airlie Gardens
American Cancer Society
American Heart Association
American Legion
American Red Cross
Alzheimer’s Association
Arts Council of Wilmington
Art in Wilmington
Ashley Eagles Athletic Booster
Azalea Festival
Beach2Battleship Triatholon
Bellamy Mansion Museum Boys & Girls Club of Coastal Carolina
Brunswick Community College
Cameron Art Museum
Cape Fear Blue Water Fishing Club
Cape Fear Community College
Cape Fear Community College Foundation
Cape Fear Council- Boy Scouts
Cape Fear Habitat for HumanityCape Fear Home Builders Parade of Homes
Cape Fear Jazz Society
Cape Fear Literacy Council
Cape Fear Museum
Cape Fear Rugby Club
Cape Fear Surfrider Foundation
Carolina Canines for Service
Carousel Center
Center for the Visually Impaired
Children’s Museum of Wilmington
Chi Omega’s 11th Annual Golf Tournament Coastal Christian High School
Coastal Horizons Center
Committee of 100: WID
Communities in Schools of Cape Fear Community Boys & Girls Club
Community United Effort
Cucalorus – 2016 Supporting Sponsorship
DARE
Disability Resource Center
Domestic Violence Shelter DREAMS of Wilmington
East Coast Got-Em-On Classic
ELEMENT PRODUCTIONS

Family Services of the Lower Cape Fear
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Girl Scout Troop 957
Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington
Good Shepherd Center
Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
Greater Wilmington Sports Hall
Guardian Ad Litem
Hanover Lions Club
Historic Wilmington Foundation
Hoggard Athletics & Theatre Departments JC Rowe, PK
JDRF- Hope Gala, FUND A CURE
Junior Achievement Spring Classic
Karma Foundation
Kids Making It, Inc.
Landfall Foundation
Leland Area Rotary Club – L.A. Golf Classic
Leukemia & Lymphoma Regatta Cup
Lower Cape Fear Historical Society
Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter
Lump To Laughter, Inc.
Make-A-Wish Foundation
March of Dimes
Masonboro Island Preservation
Morris Animal Foundation
New Hanover County Schools
New Hanover Partnership
New Hanover Regional Medical Foundation
NC Association of the Deaf
NC Holiday Flotilla
North Carolina Coastal Land Trust
Oak Island Lions Club
Paws4People, Inc
Phoenix Employment Services Luncheon
Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce
Pleasure Island Soccer Association
Port City Soccer Club
Relay for Life
Reel Housewives of Topsail Island
Rotary of South Brunswick
SMART START of New Hanover County
Snipes Elementary
Special Olympics Annual Fund
Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber
of Commerce
St. Marks Odyssey of the Mind Challenge
Supper Optimist Club Wilmington
Trinity Children Incorporated
University of NC at Wilmington
USO North Carolina, Inc – Golf Tournamnet
Welcome Home Angel
Whisper Foundation
Willie Stargell Foundation
Wilmington Central Rotary Club
Wilmington Housing Authority
Wilmington Women’s Club
Wilmington Realtors Foundation
Wrightsville Beach Fire Department
Wrightsville Beach Foundation
Wrightsville Beach Museum – 20th Lumina
Wrightsville Beach Police Officer’s Ball
Wrightsville United Methodist Church
YWCA of the Lower Cape Fear


December Area Events

december-events211/21 – 12/4: Cape Fear Festival of Trees – North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

11/25 – 12/22: Enchanted Airlie – Airlie Gardens

11/25 – 12/17: Christmas by the Sea – Carolina Beach Boardwalk

11/25-12/30: Holiday Train Expo 2016 – Independence Mall/Dillards Wing

11/25-12/30: Christmas Train & Light Spectacular – Wilmington Railroad Museum

12/1: Greenfield Lake Park Christmas Tree Lighting – Greenfield Lake Park at the Rotary Wheel

12/1: Leland Tree Lighting – Leland Town Hall

12/1: Ballet for Young Audiences: The Nutcracker – Thalian Hall

12/1-17: Poplar Grove Candlelight Tours – Poplar Grove Plantation

12/1-17: A Merry Little Christmas Festival – Poplar Grove Plantation

12/1-4: The Santaland Diaries – Red Barn Studio Theatre Downtown Wilmington

12/2: Island of Lights Christmas Parade – Atlanta Avenue down Lake Park Boulevard to the Federal Point Plaza

12/2-4: Holiday Flea at the BAC – Brooklyn Arts Center

12/3: Annual Ability Garden Plant and Poinsettia Sale – The Arboretum

12/3-4: Riverfront Family Market Holiday Event – Battleship Park

12/3: Island of Lights Christmas Flotilla – Snow’s Cut to Carolina Beach Boat Basin

12/3: Town of Shallotte Christmas Parade – Starting at Main Street & Hwy 130 ending at Smith Ave.

12/3-4: Old Wilmington by Candlelight Tour – Latimer House / Lower Cape Fear Historical Society

12/3: Battleship Alive! Living History Event – Battleship NORTH CAROLINA

12/3-4: A Carolina Nutcracker – CFCC: The Wilson Center

12/3 – 1/8: Art of Illumination – Cameron Art Museum

12/3: Moravian Christmas Candle Tea – Covenant Moravian Church

12/3-4: Sea Notes Choral Society Christmas Concert – Odell Williamson Auditorium

12/4: Calabash Parade & Tree Lighting – Callahan’s Of Calabash – 9973 Beach Dr. SW

12/4: Wilmington Holiday Parade – Reviewing stand located at Riverfront Park (Water Street)

12/4-18: Polar Express Holiday Show – Wilmington Railroad Museum

12/4: Wrightsville Beach Museum Holiday Open House – Wrightsville Beach Museum of History

12/5: Holiday Tea at the Bellamy Mansion – Bellamy Mansion, Downtown Wilmington

12/7: The Lighthouse Tour: An Evening with David Crosby – CFCC: The Wilson Center

12/8-18: Annie Warbucks – Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts

12/9-11: Kure Beach Fantasy Christmas Show – Downtown Kure Beach

12/10: A Christmas Stroll through the Past – Bellamy Mansion, Burgwin-Wright House & St. James Episcopal

12/10-11: Poplar Grove Christmas Arts & Crafts Show – Poplar Grove Plantation

12/10: 5K Jingle Bell Run – Wrightsville Beach Museum of History

12/10: Island of Lights Holiday Tour of Homes – Various homes & Sites on Pleasure Island

12/11: Floating Lantern Ceremony – Cameron Art Museum: Reflecting Pond

12/11: Handel’s Messiah – CFCC: The Wilson Center

12/13: Fort Fisher Holiday Open House – Fort Fisher State Historic Site

12/14-15: ELF: The Musical – CFCC: The Wilson Center

12/17: Santa by the Sea! – NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher

12/17-18: The Nutcracker – CFCC: The Wilson Center

12/20: Christmas with The Celts – Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts

12/21: It’s a Wonderful Life- Film Screening – Thalian Hall

12/22: Holiday Pops Concert – CFCC: The Wilson Center

12/31: Island of Lights New Year’s Eve Celebration – Ocean Front Park & Pavillion

12/31: New Year’s Noon – Children’s Museum of Wilmington


Selling Your Home, It’s a Business Decision

Blog Courtesy of Bobby Brandon, Broker/REALTOR® at Intracoastal Realty

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When you purchased your home, you more than likely did so with lots of emotion, which is very normal. For example, you looked at homes with your real estate agent and narrowed it down to the two homes you like the best. Your kids probably ran through the house selecting which room would be theirs. You might have liked the backyard because that is where your family dog would get to play and be safe. You might have even like the kitchen space because it is large enough to have friends over and spend fun times together. Or this might have been the area of town that you had always wanted to live, etc.

These are all examples of emotions playing into the buying process. But now you are selling that same home. Once again, you are facing surfacing emotions. Hopefully, you have had a lot of great memories in the home you have spent so many years in and it might be a little hard for you to leave it. But a word of caution, when selling you should put your emotions to the side. It is now a business decision, and it all comes down to money.

Letting emotions get in the way is NOT a smart business decision. For example, you have negotiated with the buyer back and forth, and finally received the price you want. Now you and the buyer are fighting over the ten-year-old curtains in the home. You had it in your mind that you wanted to take the curtains with you, but this could be a deal breaker. As part of the negotiations, the buyer is asking for your grill, and you have your heels dug in NO. This minor conflict is the only thing that is stopping you from selling your home, obtaining the price you want and moving to the area in which you want to live. You could lose the entire deal over a $500 gas grill.

These are all examples of making an emotional decision verses a business decision. I have seen deals lost when emotions get in the way. I have seen deals go south over curtains and grills. Once the buyer has walked, the seller realizes what a bad decisions they have made and what it cost them in “winning the fight” (emotions). So remember, when selling, it’s all business!

For more information on buying and selling homes, go to www.BobbyBrandon.com. Bobby’s Team can provide expert advice and insight into current homes and land for sale in New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender County.

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Tips for Buying a New Construction Home

The prospect of buying a new home that’s “shiny” and brand new is certainly an exciting one, unless you’ve got a soft spot for old, historic homes. However, buying a new construction home takes a little know-how that probably doesn’t come to mind right at first. If you’ve got your eye on a new construction home or community, you’ll want to check out these tips before you get too swept up in all that “new home” glory!

Have a buyer’s agent by your side

When buying a new construction home, you don’t have to worry about dealing with negotiating with a previous owner who might have emotional attachment swaying their decision making—which is perfectly natural. However, what you will have to deal with is the listing or selling agent for this new home, and they can be very good at creating a lot of excitement while glossing over the finer details. No matter how sweet their deal sounds, never forget that they are there solely to get the best deal for the builder, not you. That’s why it is so important to enlist the help of your own buyer’s agent, who can provide a neutral perspective for you and really wants to see you get the best deal possible.

Important: Always have your buyer’s agent with you every time you visit a new construction home for the first time. Always! Oftentimes, if your agent doesn’t accompany you, then the listing agent will get the full commission on the sale of the home should you choose to buy it.

Research the builder

It doesn’t matter how spic and span a new home might look when you look at first glance. You want to make sure that the builder for your new home is reputable and has a good standing based on prior construction projects. Make sure there are no Better Business Bureau complaints that have been filed or are still outstanding with the builder. Talk to your agent and other local agents to see if the builder does, in fact, have a good reputation. See if you can’t find out if homeowners in the builder’s previously constructed homes are happy with their purchase. Has the home aged well? Were there construction flaws? Have they had to do a lot of repairs and maintenance? Look for online reviews, testimonials or news about the builder’s previous construction projects.

Make sure you know what you’re getting

While the model home you’re shown might be brimming with fine finishes and features, that doesn’t necessarily mean that your home will have the same hardwood floors or granite countertops. Make sure you know what’s standard and included in the base home price, and what the extra amenities and upgrades consist of. You should request a feature sheet so that you can begin deciding what upgrades you might want versus what standard features you’d prefer to keep. Try to do this early on the process because those upgrades add up. It’s very important that you know how much house you can really afford and that your upgrades don’t push you past that. It’s also not a bad idea to do a little research on what it would cost you to have the upgrades made to your home after purchase. You might be able to get a better deal, and you’ll also be able to focus on things like the actual square footage of the house or the location of it within the neighborhood — two aspects that are far more important than cosmetic upgrades that you can do later.

Keep up with the Joneses

Since we’re on the topic of upgrades, whether you decide to keep your upgrade list lean or go all out, it’s important that you fall in sync with what the rest of the neighborhood has done, simply to ensure that your house is supported by the immediate market. So, if the neighborhood has been pretty well established to this point, find out what the most common upgrades were. Did most homeowners spring for hardwood floors? Then you’ll probably want to as well. You’ll probably want to steer clear of implementing every upgrade possible, since you’ll also run the risk of pricing yourself out of the neighborhood. On the other hand, if you’re one of the first ones on the scene in an entirely new development, you’ll largely get to make those decisions without having to worry about what others before you have done.

Don’t waive your home inspection

You might be thinking that, since the home is a new construction, a home inspection isn’t important. That’s wrong. It’s very wrong. Every home, whether brand new or 100 years old, is prone to problems. Regardless of its new construction status, it’s important that you make sure your new home is safe and up to code. Your agent should handle all of this for you, which is just another very important reason for you to have one. Never forget that they are on your side. They’ll be able to handle tasks like scheduling a home inspection, having contracts reviewed by a lawyer, or making sure that you have a guaranteed timeline for the completion of the house in writing if it’s still under construction.

Don’t think you can’t negotiate

Granted, with a new construction home, you’re going to have a hard time driving the price down. Builders don’t generally like to go down on price. However, you might be able to negotiate in other ways. For instance, you could ask for the builder to pay for closing costs or throw in upgrades at a reduced cost or for free. This way, the builder isn’t setting a precedent of lower prices for newcomers to the neighborhood, but you have the opportunity to save money. It might be a good idea to reach out to your agent on this, once again, to see if they can’t dig up any info on the builder’s negotiating style and find out where they’ll be most willing to budge. You should also ask about a home warranty, and what that includes. This is important, as it could influence any offers you make on the house.

Is buying a new home exciting? Yes! It’s also very easy to get carried away or swayed by sweet-talking listing agents. So, before you even take one step into your potential new home, make sure you take a look at this list and start your new home journey prepared. Looking for an agent to help you navigate the waters? We’d be happy to assist. Give us a call at 1-800-533-1840 or drop us a line at info@intracoastalrealty.com.


Fresh Holiday Decorating Tips

‘Tis the season, everybody! We know this may be a little premature, but we also know that there’s no way you don’t already have the holidays in the back your mind. Admit it! So, among the many to-do lists you’re probably juggling — gift shopping, preparing for guests, dinner menus — we wanted to add a little relief with some fresh, decorating tips. We know how it is. Year after year, our merry and bright decorative garb starts to look a little less so. If you know the feeling, then hopefully these tips can help to add some fresh cheer as you deck the halls this season.

Freshen Up Your Door

Let’s start with the place that will first greet you and any guests into your home this holiday season: your door. If you’ve grown tired of your poor, old wreath that has had to brave the cold weather all these years, it might be time to swap it out. Try a wreath made from ornaments, or use some white spray paint (with maybe a touch of silver) to dress up your old wreath in a frosty new look. Craving a little sparkle? Whip up this simple and sparkly wreath made from gold ribbon for a look that’s eye catching and festive! Or, if you’re in the mood for something that’s classic and elegant, you could try your hand at this blue spruce wreath trio.

Freshen Up Your Mantel

To add some renewed cheer to your mantel, try adding pops of color by dangling classic candy canes from festive green and red ribbon. Looking for a way to add some country charm to those stockings hung by the chimney with care? Try hanging them on a clothesline made from hearty twine and jumbo clothes pins (depending on the size of your stockings). This can be a particularly charming idea, especially if you don’t have a fireplace or mantel! Swap out your old stockings for those with cozy patterns like plaid, stripes or fair isle to add even more charm. You can also add some extra coziness by hanging mittens instead of or intermingled with stockings.

Freshen Up Your Tree

For a lot of us, our trees are a mish-mash of ornaments that we have accrued throughout the years. If you’re looking for a way to really switch up your tree game this year, opt for … a theme. A couple of our favorite themes we’ve seen include include stunning floral-themed trees, which are the epitome of “merry and bright.” Or, another super snug idea is a cookie cutter or gingerbread man themed tree. Or a combination of both! There are literally scads of ways to dress up cookie cutters with patterned paper, ribbons or paint, so this could be a really good option if you want to set up a craft day with the kids. If you’re a fan of vintage trinkets, you could also create a small tree adorned with pretty teacups, vintage spoons and china. Another great way to add a vintage vibe to your tree is by decorating it with family photos. Choose small silver or gold frame ornaments (or a mixture of both) and add some black and white photos of family, friends, homes, pets and more for a tree that’s brimming with sweet memories and nostalgia.

Hint: If you’ve got little ones in the house, there’s a good chance they’ll still want their nostalgic ornaments on the tree, so try getting a little tree just for them that they can decorate in all their old favorites!

Freshen Up Your Tree Topper

You’re probably pretty well aware of the classic tree toppers of angels or stars, but what about Santa hats? Not only is this an absolutely adorable new option, but, chances are, you probably already have a Santa hat somewhere! You also don’t have to fiddle with it until it sits juuust right. Just plop the hat on top, and you’re good to go. Other tree toppers we’ve had our eyes on are big, festive bows, birdhouses (which are perfect for a more rustic, natural themed tree), monogrammed tree toppers and treehoppers that the kids can make, like this cute snowflake.

Freshen Up Your Gift Wrapping

Now that you’ve got some new ideas for your tree, you can turn your attention to what’s underneath it. Make your tree look even more gorgeous with some new gift wrapping techniques to make those presents pop. Try out a classic candy cane/peppermint theme with an assortment of red and white striped and solid papers and ribbons for a look that’s bright and cheerful, while being super easy to achieve. You could also try choosing a color theme, like gold, and have an assortment of various gold patterned, solid, metallic, and matte papers, ribbons and bows for another simple statement. Looking for more of a “handmade” feel? Purchase a roll of solid paper from a craft store, grab some holiday-themed stamps and voíla! You have your own handmade holiday wrapping.

There are lots and lots of ways to freshen up your holiday decorations, so we hope this was a good start to get those holiday juices a-flowing. Happy holidays!


5 Things to Know About Selling Your House in Fall and Winter

Typically, it is the warmer months of spring and summer that are considered the “prime” season for selling a home. With the longer days, warmer weather and the impending school calendar, buyers can be more motivated to get into a new home. However, putting a house (or keeping a house) on the market during the fall and winter months isn’t without its own perks. Trying to decide if you should list or keep your home on the market? Read on to learn what to expect.

1. There will be less competition.

If you’re listing your home in either the fall or the winter months, then you’re generally going to see a smaller inventory of available homes on the market, which means less competition for those who do decide to list or sell their home during this time. The reason for this? People either don’t feel like dealing with having their house on the market in the months leading up to the holidays, or they’re worried they’re not going to get as much for their house as they would have during spring or summer.

2. You might encounter some “bargain shoppers.”

While the trend does seem to be that houses sell for more during spring and summer, just keep in mind that, unless you’re absolutely desperate to sell your house by winter’s end, you don’t have to accept a price that you think is too low. Remember to consult with your real estate agent on what your ideal listing price is and what it should be, and stick to your guns. You should have a very clear idea of what your listing price should be in order for you to get what you need, while being reasonable about what your house is worth and how the market supports your price. You could even talk to your agent about raising your listing price, to anticipate the lower offers that you might receive. There will be “bargain shoppers” out there, yes, but if they’re motivated, they’ll be willing to make an acceptable offer regardless. Don’t waste time with low-ballers.

3. Buyers might be more motivated.

If you’ve got a potential buyer asking to schedule a showing of your house two days before Thanksgiving, they’re probably pretty motivated, so while you may not see as many requests to schedule showings, the requests you do receive will likely be for serious buyers. This is the holiday season after all, and most people will want to be closing on or in their new home by Thanksgiving or Christmas if they can swing it. You should also see some more buyers pop up after the holidays have passed, kids are back in school and life has begun to resume normally.

Also, keep in mind that, while you’ve got your house on the market during the “off-season,” buyers looking at your house are also doing so in the “off-season,” so there may very well be another motivating factor, like a new job or change in the family, that is fueling their need to get into a new home quickly.

4. Curb appeal still counts.

With barren trees and brown grass, it can be hard to make your home look as inviting as it might in the spring when your azaleas are in full bloom. However, there are definitely tactics that you can employ. Do your best to stay on top of pine needles, leaves and debris. Yes, we know how daunting of a task this can be, especially being that we’re in the southeastern part of the state, which we’re pretty sure is partially comprised of pine needles. If you can’t possibly fathom raking all of the pine needles in your yard, at least make sure your keep pathways, steps and driveways swept and tidy. Definitely take this time to put out some bright potted plants, like hardy, cheerful mums or poinsettias, and add some tasteful holiday touches, like wreaths, pumpkins, garland, etc — whatever best corresponds to the appropriate holiday.

5. Cultivate some coziness indoors.

It’s cold and dreary out, so make sure the inside of your home exudes warmth and comfort. Definitely make sure to keep the house as lighted as possible, since you’ll be dealing with darker days earlier. If you don’t have window treatments to cover dark windows at night, get some. Bleak, black windows are not only off-putting for those are trying to picture themselves living in your home, but they are more likely to be radiating some of the cold from outside. If you want to play into the holidays, get some hot apple cider simmering on the stove, light your fireplace (if you have one), and add some holiday decorative touches like garland or festive pillows.

Whether you decide to list or keep your home on the market during fall and winter or not, just keep in mind, it only takes one buyer to get your house sold, so don’t be scared away by the idea that you aren’t going to get as many showings. In fact, it’s not uncommon for fall and winter to see faster closings than in the spring and summer. As always, if you have questions or need help, feel free to contact us at info@intracoastalrealty.com or by calling 800-533-1840!