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’Tis the season to sell your house

Home sales up, inventory down, prices holding steady

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December 21st, 2016
Beautiful antique furniture and handmade seasonal craft decorations make Joe and Betty Gaileys’ apartment home at Maris Grove resemble their former house in Wilmington, Del.

Beautiful antique furniture and handmade seasonal craft decorations make Joe and Betty Gaileys’ apartment home at Maris Grove resemble their former house in Wilmington, Del.

The calendar might say December, but it remains a seller’s market for home sales around Maris Grove, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Delaware County, Pa. 

“In all our markets, the number of homes sold is way up, the inventory of homes is way down, the average days on market are down, and prices are holding steady,” says Maris Grove Personal Moving Consultant Suzanne McAllister.

Because even fewer homes are listed in winter, sellers face less competition. And today’s trend for light-filled homes means houses surrounded by deciduous trees show better after the leaves fall. 

Regardless of when you want to sell or when you want to move to Maris Grove, your house needs to be ready to list. 

“It’s never too early to start downsizing,” says McAllister. For Joe and Betty Gailey, that meant downsizing after 55 years in their house. 

The Gaileys moved to Maris Grove in March from a two-story house in Wilmington, Del. Betty’s collections of seasonal craft decorations, dolls, bears, and other items filled their attic, basement, and garage. 

McAllister paid the Gaileys a home visit in January 2015, long before their preferred apartment style became available. 

“We wouldn’t have known where to turn without the guidance she gave us,” says Joe. “Suzy [McAllister] outlined the steps of the moving process and urged us to start early.”

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McAllister’s services, part of Erickson Realty and Moving Services, are available to all Erickson Living priority list members, whether they’re just considering an Erickson Living community or are ready to list their house. 

She provides complimentary coordination of all realty and moving needs, including downsizing, home staging, packing, and selection of a real estate professional.

The Gaileys’ downsizing took a year. They disposed of things by donating, auctioning, or selling them through an eBay expert, and McAllister helped them sell their butcher-block table on the Internet. 

The couple used a Maris Grove preferred real estate agent, moving company, and senior move manager. The move manager did their packing and unpacking and coordinated the house cleanout. 

Their real estate agent was one of the top agents in Wilmington. She even pitched in personally by arranging for interior painting, and she did some weeding and mulching herself.

The Gaileys moved prior to listing their house. “Moving first is an option more people are considering,” McAllister says. “The Gaileys’ house sold faster and easier because they moved first and then did what was needed to market their home.”

It sold within ten days at the Gaileys’ asking price. 

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