Downsize With a Heart This Holiday Season

Downsize With a Heart This Holiday Season

This year, our team has had the privilege of sponsoring Downsize With a Heart, a social enterprise of the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio. We continue to be amazed at the work they are doing in our communities. Collaborating with them brings us great joy. 

Giving back to our communities is important to The Columbus Team REALTORS® and we hope that you will join us this holiday season. If you utilize Downsize With a Heart’s packing and moving services, you are also contributing to the Furniture Bank. The Furniture Bank turns empty houses into homes, by providing furniture to individuals and families in need due to poverty or other severe life challenges.

We want everyone in the Columbus communities to have a fully furnished home this year. If you don’t need help with downsizing, you can go to the Furniture Bank’s website to give a donation. The Furniture Bank also has a Thrift store for your holiday shopping. 

Thank you for joining us in building better communities throughout Columbus! 

Happy Holidays, 

Realtors With a Heart

12 Housewarming Gifts On Trend for the Holidays

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The holidays are coming up and you’re wondering what to get your favorite new homeowner? Or perhaps you’re looking for something to spiff up your own new home! We have some great ideas for trendy gifts in all price ranges!

12 Housewarming Gifts On Trend for the Holidays

    1. Candles: Scented, unscented, filled with metallic animal skeletons or in reusable containers, candles have been a trendy and traditional gift forever! Priced from $17-150.
    2. Digital Frame: Once a small item designated for the office desk, these digital frames are now living room worthy and programmable to display a single piece of art, or a slide show.
    3. Essential Oil Diffuser: A virtually silent device filled with water and a few drops of essential oil can make your home smell delicious. With or without lights, these little devices are becoming a home necessity, and some have various wood or stone accents and are beautifully crafted. They are from $10 to more than $100.
    4. Himalayan Salt: From a culinary salt set to stone-like drink ware, to lamps made of this mineral, and even to the perfect seafood grilling slab, Himalayan salt is definitely found in the trendiest of homes.
    5. Home Automation: From door locks, to lights, to cameras, these products allow you to use a smart phone to control your home systems for greater comfort and peace of mind. Price varies from $28 for an outdoor camera or security sensor, to $400+ for a package system.
    6. Local Treats: From Jeni’s Ice Cream to Anthony Thomas Candies, local treats are always a favorite housewarming gift. Consider visiting a local shop in the homeowner’s new neighborhood, too, and adding the business card to your gift so your loved ones can begin exploring their new neighborhood, too!
    7. Organizers: From key racks, to makeup caddies, to kitchen utensil organizers, these handy devices help your favorite new homeowner love their new castle even more! $8-80
    8. Planters: Whether wall mounted, smart, or as a part of a living garden, planters can be a very trendy gift…you just have to look for an on-trend expression of a traditional favorite! $12-200
    9. Pillow cases: Not just your average linens, these trendy items are anything but sleepy. Coordinated to send a message, mark territory, act as art, or thrill kids of all ages, there’s a set out there for any taste.
    10. Robot Vacuum: These handy little gadgets work around furniture to quietly suck up dust and dirt while you’re away or asleep. Programmable and self-charging, they’re a great gift idea in the upper price range.
    11. Smart Appliances: From coffee makers to refrigerators, to automatic pet feeders, appliances are now smart and connectable to your smartphone or home computer. Start your morning coffee without getting out of bed… check if you need milk by looking remotely into your smart fridge. Prices vary.
    12. Video Doorbell: Connected to WiFi, this handy device triggers an app on your smartphone to allow you to see who is at the door, even when you’re not at home!

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Why List Your Home for the Holidays?

Why List Your Home for the Holidays?

Many people consider taking their homes off the market over the holidays or decide to wait until the New Year to list their home.  Here are 6 reasons that suggest the holidays may be the perfect time to go into contract on your property!

Why list your home for the holidays?

  1. Many of us begin anew in January; new jobs, making dreams come true, fresh resolutions about living well, etc. That can include buying a dream house. Your home needs to be on the market now for the folks that want to move into a new home in the new year.
  2. Because the tax year ends December 31, many buyers will buy now, rather than waiting until January. These are very motivated buyers!
  3. This is the perfect time for sellers! Casual Looky-Loos are home with holiday parties and plans, only serious buyers are looking now.
  4. It’s the perfect conditions for listing. Your home is decorated and inviting, showing it’s best features…and the competition is limited, as other sellers take their homes off the market for a couple of months during the holidays.
  5. Smart sellers know they can list their home now to take advantage of the end of the tax year and serious holiday buyers and still enjoy the holidays in their current home. Sell now, and arrange for closing in the New Year!
  6. Your home looks great for the holidays, smells terrific, too, but you’re worried you should wait for “good weather” to show your home off to it’s best advantage? No worries! Display framed photos of your home in spring and summer in a prominent place, along with other info about the home. Buyers will respond to your smart marketing, and have a great idea of how fabulous your home is in the warmer months!