Real Estate

Holiday Season Brings Sold Signs


Fall is here and the holiday season will soon be upon us.  You might be thinking the best opportunity to sell your home is over and you should wait until next spring to list your home for sale.  Nothing could be further from the truth!

The holiday season may not be as crazy with the amount of buyers in the market, but buyers who search now tend to be much more serious about making a purchase and are ready to move today.

With the right agent along with the right pricing for your home you might actually prefer selling your home around the holidays.


Buyers are Serious– Let’s be honest, if buyers are looking for homes during the busy holiday season they are serious and ready to purchase.  If a buyer is investing the time to look now they are more likely to be interested in actually purchasing your home instead of touring it.

Less Competition–  Selling around the holidays isn’t something that many families can accomplish due to busy personal schedules.  More homes are listed during the spring and summer months which means a lot of competition.  Selling around the holidays means more attention to your property which increases the chance of a sale.

There may actually be less during the sales process as well since you are preparing your home to be shown to serious buyers who are ready to purchase.

Kelly Harden, REALTOR®

Mihara & Associates, Inc.


Design, Real Estate

6 Tips for Perfect Painting


Painting the walls of your new home is a great first step in personalizing your new space.  Or perhaps you are preparing your current home to sell, painting is a terrific way to update and freshen up the space.

Here are a few tips that will help ensure you paint correctly the first time.

Choose the right color.   There are many shades and tones of each color and they can appear different once they are applied to the walls.  Colors will have either a warm or cool base so each shade of a color will appear different once on the wall.  Plus the wall color will be effected by other colors and finishes in the room.  It’s best to paint a large swatch on the wall of each color you like if you are unsure.

Select the correct finish.  A flat finish can look dull on the wall, while a matte has a softness and is easy to touch up.  That makes a matte finish terrific for high traffic areas such as hall ways and busy rooms.  A semi-gloss finish is shinier than the others but that makes it more durable and easier to clean, perfect for kitchens and baths.

Notice the amount of light in the room.  Does the room get a lot of natural light?  Or are there lots of lamps, overhead lighting or other lights?  The type and amount of light will effect how the colors will look on the wall once applied.  Paint will look darker in rooms with less light and the wrong shade can look harsh in a room flooded with natural light.

Don’t ignore the ceiling.  The ceiling is the fifth wall of the room and can make a great statement if painted the right color.  Unfortunately it can make a bad statement and look dirty if it is not freshly painted like the rest of the room.  If you are lucky enough to have a tray ceiling you can really get creative with your painting.

Choosing the wrong accent wall.  If you decide to paint a wall an accent color, understand the contrast color will draw attention to the wall.  Be sure you select the wall you want everyone to notice and the color compliments the design of the room.

Be cautious with trendy paint colors and designs.  If you are unsure the newest designer color or pattern will look terrific on your new walls consult a professional designer for assistance.

Have fun with your painting and remember mistakes shouldn’t be too expensive and can always be corrected with a new gallon of paint.

Kelly Harden, Realtor®

Mihara & Associates, Inc.




The Joy of Being a Homeowner


If you haven’t bought a home yet, you’re missing out on a wonderful feeling! That moment when you walk through your doors, throw your handbag or keys on the floor, plop down on your sofa and breathe a sigh of relief while thinking, “Finally, it’s ours (or mine)!” And the joy of looking at all of your boxes, getting to roll your eyes about why you buy so much stuff, then giving yourself a moment to take a nap because you worked hard to get here and earned it! Yes that’s a real feeling!

We often hear, and read, about the cost effectiveness of home ownership. The equity build-up, the freedom it can give us from finances in our retirement years, and a plethora of other ways owning a home can be a positive impact on your bottom dollar. But we don’t often hear about the emotional impact owning a home can have. Yes there will be days the fridge is acting up and you need to call your home warranty, or days you have to get outside to mow your own yard, but nothing beats the pride and joy of owning a home.

There is a sense of security, and a sense of “this is mine and I worked my way up to this moment,” that provides moments of bliss. The ability to do with your home as you please, not pay a pretty penny for every member of your fur family, and the privacy it provides can’t be beat.

Home ownership also gives you the ability to put down some roots. And we mean that figuratively and literally. You get to build memories through the holidays and go through many milestones with your family, that leave a significant impact into the later years. You also get to build bonds with your neighbors, and grow in a community oriented neighborhood. With rentals, people come and go annually, but there are deeper roots planted with building relationships with those living next to you. Potlucks, 4th of July and New Year’s Eve spent lighting fireworks, and just the excitement of getting to know each other and build new relationships.

Buying a home isn’t about the dollars and cents for everyone, sometimes it’s just about the joy of owning your own place, and getting to build amazing memories in it. If you’ve been longing for this, get in touch with a real estate agent, and make it happen. You owe it to yourself to make your dreams come true!

Kelly Harden, REALTOR®

Mihara & Associates, Inc.