I know, the holidays are coming – Thanksgiving, then Christmas – or maybe for you it is Hanukkah or Kwanzaa. Heck, I have even celebrated Boxing Day with friends from England! There are the parties and get-togethers, there is shopping and gift wrapping, there is decorating, there are guests and family coming and going. You want to sell your home, but it can be a difficult decision to make.
First, holidays and memories with your family and friends are important. Don’t stop having those memories and visits just because your home is on the market. Most buyers looking during the holidays will understand that there are special considerations at this time of the year. They can look past the extra decorations, but the decorations may add some warmth to the home as well.
Try your best to accommodate showing requests. Think of it this way – a buyer who is looking during the holidays may be a very serious buyer to interrupt their holiday with the additional stress of house hunting. This does not mean that if a request is made for Christmas Eve at 7:30 you have to show your home. Just be reasonable and try and work around your holiday schedule. If you cannot make a specific showing time request, maybe suggest an alternative time – see what you can make work.
Every location can be different, but in the St. Augustine area, we can get a number of visitors to our area during the holiday time frame. People will come to visit family and friends for the holidays and want to take time for their own home search. We also get a number of visitors to see our beautiful Nights of Lights celebration and they may decide to view homes while here. We also get some early snowbirds, who come down from the cold north and may be starting to look for their new home. So, I do feel it is important that you do not pull your home off of the market during the holidays because you may be missing some potential buyers.
If you need help with the marketing of sale of your home during the holidays, or you are one of those buyers that may need to be completing your home search just let me know how I can be of help!
One of the prettiest and most popular times of the year in St. Augustine is our annual Nights of Lights! The town is awash in three million tiny white lights every year that adds a real sparkle to our city!
This year the lights switch will be turned on this Saturday November 17th and the lights will stay on until February 3rd. If you have the opportunity to visit, it truly is a beautiful time of year. You can view the lights by just walking around the Historic Downtown St. Augustine area, you can take a trolley for a sing-a-long tour, or you can take a boat ride – like the Schooner Freedom – to see the lights from the water! Whichever way you choose it is a special treat!
The city’s Nights of Lights has even been recognized by National Geographic magazine as one of the ten best holiday lighting displays in the world in 2011 and 2012! What an honor!
This is the 25th year of this beautiful display but how did it start?? Well, I know the story! A local business man named Bill Lennon was a City Commissioner back in 1994 when he sparked the idea! He lived in Davis Shores just over the Bridge of Lions from downtown with his family. Each year they would see the glow of a few white lights as they would drive over the Bridge into the Historic Downtown and his boys would love the lights. Bill Lennon got the idea to expand the display and brought his idea to the City Council. The rest, as they say, is history! We owe Bill Lennon a debt of gratitude for his vision and decision to make it happen!! Thanks, Bill!
During the Nights of Lights in St. Augustine the town is wrapped in a delightful glow and filled with holiday cheer for both residents and visitors. I have created this collection to showcase this event and provide you with the top websites for more detailed information.
Here is a selection of homes to choose from – there’s something for everyone!
7870 A1A South #302 | St. Augustine, FL 32080
Stunning ocean views from this penthouse, corner unit condo at Ocean House.
Expansive covered balcony. The views can be seen from everywhere within this top floor condo.
The interior is as striking as the view with the finest upgrades and design.
The owners have truly transformed this unit – after taking it down to the metal studs – and have lovingly enjoyed and cared for it since.
Beautifully designed kitchen arranged to allow the chef ocean views as well, with Meile appliances and Sub-Zero refrigerator with two freezer drawers, plus Sub-Zero two refrigerator drawer under-counter unit for easy access to drinks or fruit.
The sleek design of the Poliform Varenna Kitchen Cabinets topped with Calacatta Gold Marble countertop and tile backsplash adds elegance to the space, and, along with the pantry with Miele coffee system and plate warmer drawer.
During the remodel, the unit was fully rewired, replumbed and a/c ductwork all replaced. Windows and sliding doors replaced during remodel.
Electric roller shades by remote control to close some or all of the shades.
As we are leading up to Easter Sunday, and have really enjoyed some beautiful Spring days, my thoughts went to how this all relates to the real estate market. Yes, I had thoughts about the religious aspects of Easter, my family, those photos of my first Easter – but, let’s face it, I am writing this as a Realtor and should stick to what I know. You have others in your life who can cover the aspects of religion and family much better than I.
I couldn’t help think about how Easter renewal and Spring renewal can help us in our real estate decisions. Have you been thinking about downsizing? Maybe that can be a good thing and free you from some of the maintenance, costs, and time that a larger home may be taking. Maybe you are thinking you want to travel more, so you want to switch to a condo or patio home that will be more lock and leave. Have you been thinking that your growing family needs more room? Again, that can be a good to have more bedrooms, that office you need so you aren’t in the spare bedroom, a larger yard for the kids to run, or a pool or neighborhood pool for those warm summer days ahead. Maybe you have always wanted to live where you could walk to the beach – so, you can feel renewed each time you see the ocean. Maybe you feel that the salt air has been a harsh task master and you want to move just a bit farther inland so you don’t have the maintenance. Whatever it is, take just a minute and picture yourself in that new space – does it make you feel renewed? Then maybe, just maybe, it is time to make that move. Call me and let’s get started!
If you will be in St. Augustine for St. Patrick’s Day, you have a great opportunity for some good food and fun. I wanted to see where someone who wants to be Irish for a day would go – and Trip Advisor gave me theTop 5 Irish Restaurants (Pubs, right?) in St. Augustine.
What is great is that anywhere you are in St. Johns County, you won’t be too far from an Irish Pub and some great food!
Meehan’s Irish Pub, Barley Republic Public House and Ann O’Malley’s Deli & Pub are all located within and around the historic downtown area. You can get great views of the Bayfront from Meehan’s along with your food. Ann O’Malley’s is on the north side of downtown, so close to the parking garage, if that makes it easier for you to get there. Barley Republic is on Spanish Street and always puts up a tent with great music, food and drinks!
If you don’t want to venture downtown, you are not out of luck! For those on or near Anastasia Island, O’Loughlin Pub is located at 6975 A1A South just south of the intersection of A1A and SR 206. Of course, you can pop in to the party at the World Famous Oasis as well, since they always put up a tent, even if they are not technically an Irish Pub!
North of town isn’t left out either, since you have Donovan’s Irish Pub located at 7440 US Highway 1 North, right by Palencia!
So, you can go out and be Irish for the day and get some great food, great drinks – and great friendships with those enjoying right beside you!