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Selling a Home during the Winter Season

Selling a Home during the Winter Season


For a large portion of the country, winter means the real estate market tends to slow down. Families with children, who don’t want to move during the school term, and cooler temperatures can send potential home buyers into hibernation.

Just because the market slows down, does not mean it comes to a complete stop. The coming 2017 spring is expected to be a strong seller’s market, with many first-time home buyers searching for affordable housing. Some of the early birds are bound to take advantage of the winter months to start looking for a place to call their own.

Here are a few tips to give your home an edge during the winter selling season:

  • Spruce up the outside. Curb appeal is something that matters all year long. In areas where landscaping is affected, it can be tough to achieve the best look on the outside of the house. Try adding some potted evergreen shrubs by the front entry and extra lighting around the landscaping and driveway.
  • Light up the inside. Make the most of any front-facing windows you have by raising the blinds and turning on all the lights. When potential home buyers stand in the front yard, they should be able to visualize the warm, cozy life they could be having inside.
  • Touch up the paint. A clean, freshly painted front door and trim beckon potential buyers to come inside. Consider painting the door or shutters a bright color to stand out.
  • Highlight cozy features inside the home. If you have a fireplace, make sure the mantel is staged and the fire is lit when prospective buyers walk through. Emphasize the coziness of the living room, den or great room with green houseplants and fresh or silk flower arrangements.

For more information on selling in the Winter, staging your home, pricing your home, how to get the very most for your home, what to do to get ready to sell, steps involved and so much more please call, email, or text anytime.

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Rachel Sheller, Principal Broker, Realtor, CRS, ABR, GRI, SRES, MASTERS CIRCLE

Diversity Specialist, HOWNW, CSA-Certified Staging Agent, Oregon First, Realtors 

Direct 503.380.9634 ~ Email-    homesforyou@frontier.com

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I am honored to give Rachel Sheller this letter of recommendation. Rachel has worked with myself and my family on various real estate transactions over the past 15 years. She most recently worked with my daughter and her husband to sell their home and with purchasing another home and assisted me in the purchase of a new home.

Rachel demonstrates integrity and extensive knowledge when working with clients. Her knowledge of the current market and her work ethic shortens the duration a property remains on the market saving both time and money. She is sensitive to the needs of her clients and works hard to achieve their goals. She continues to work even after the papers are signed to ensure your experience from beginning to end is a successful and pleasant experience. I will continue to choose to work with Rachel for my real estate needs and have referred her often to family and friends.

I am confident Rachel can successfully assist you, too!”

Thank you so much Colleen for letting me represent you! I really appreciate the opportunity to be of service. I love being your realtor and also your friend.



$189,999 2 bedroom condo, all appliances included in wonderful Garden home/Multnomah Village location

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Talk about FABULOUS Location! This is MULTNOMAH VILLAGE!! This affordable and classic Condo has an extremely open and inviting floor plan. 2 spacious bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and covered parking. Master suite with double closet, and bath. Large Living room, gorgeous … Continue reading