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Fall in Love with your Fall Home Holiday Decor

by Jeremy Larkin

Do St. George Homes Really Sell During Holidays?

by Jeremy Larkin

St. George homes sell during the Holidays? The reality is that that they DO. As a matter of fact, homes sell during every stinkin’ (or sweltering) time of the year in Utah’s Dixie!

You wouldn’t be surprised how often we hear from would-be St. George Home Sellers who tell us they want to “wait until after the holidays.” Sure, I get that. Family in town, lots of parties, showing the home sounds like a hassle, right? Right.

BUT…..and a big but at that, since you never know when the single Buyer for your home will be coming through town with a wad of cash in their pocket, you actually do yourself a disservice by having the home off the market during the Holiday season.

Christmas Home Staging

 

Clark: Russ, we checked every bulb, didn't we?

Rusty Griswold: Sure, Dad.

Clark: Hmm... Maybe we ought to just go up there and check...

Rusty Griswold: Oh, woo. Look at the time. I gotta get to bed. I still gotta brush my teeth, feed the hog, still got some homework to do, still got those bills to pay, wash the car...

 

"But what about the hassle of showing the home with guests in town, parties going on, etc?" I'll address that below. While there are many good reasons to do so, here are the top 4 reasons to go ahead and list your St. George home right now rather than waiting until January 1.

1. Your home actually shows BETTER during the Holidays. cented candles, wreaths, Christmas trees, mistletoe – there’s a whole lot of atmosphere goin’ on! This is an emotional purchase and your home’s Holiday “getup” might be just the ticket. Here are 7 tips on how to do it right: Holiday Home Staging Tips

2.Less Competition – MUCH LESS! Did you know that in December of 2012 just 270 homes hit the market in Washington County? Guess how many hit the market in January? 579….over TWICE as many! Would you rather compete with 270 new listings, or 579? I think I know the answer.

3.Only the SERIOUS Buyers are looking: Why would anyone waste their precious Holiday time looking at homes if they weren’t committed, and most likely, in NEED of making a move very soon? They wouldn’t. This is in your best interest as a Seller.

4.Have your fruitcake and eat it too! About those showings? You can take advantage of being on the market during this season but restrict showings during key time frames, such as specific times of day, or a period of days like December 23-26, etc.

These great reasons will of course still not be enough for some St. George home Sellers to brave the Holidays on the market. In that case, be sure to contact us NOW so we can begin our pin-point pricing analysis and marketing plan for your home come 1/1/14!

If you’d like to get a “quick and dirty” look at your estimated Holiday 2013 home value, just enter your address below. Cheers, and Happy Holidays!

 

Fall in Utah's Dixie

by Jeremy Larkin


No Spring nor Summer Beauty hath such grace As I have seen in one Autumnal face.                                                                                                     -John Donne

Fall in Utah’s Dixie. How INCREDIBLE is it?  Born and raised here in Utah’s Dixie, my brother and I have always referred to St. George Fall weather as, ‘Chamber of Commerce Weather. ’ You know - that weather that sells just about anyone who visits this place we call “home.”

Fall in Utah's Dixie

If you’re “not from around these parts” you may be asking, what in the world is Utah’s Dixie?!  Or perhaps you ARE from around here, but never really understood the full meaning. It has NOTHING to do with Confederate soldiers I assure you.

Utah’s Dixie is the local nickname for St. George, Utah and surrounding areas. Long story short, the name Dixie was given to the area by early Mormon Settlers who were, A - Growing Cotton (as was done in the deep South); and B - And doing so in the DEEP SOUTH of Utah!

Hence, the name Utah’s Dixie. But I digress…..

I’m always amazed at how PERFECT our Thanksgiving Weather is every year i. I’ve probably not done my due diligence in checking a St. George weather almanac, but I can scarcely remember a time when:

  • It wasn’t sunny and 60 degrees
  • And we didn’t end up in short sleeves throwing a football in front of Mom’s house. (in between napping off our Turkey dinners or watching football)

What am I saying? We have it pretty good in good ol’ Utah’s Dixie.

The "Scoop" behind the “Fall in Utah's Dixie” photo above

Fellow St. George local Larry Gardner originally shot a similar photo to what you see on the front of this card some  8 years ago immediately after a November rain storm. He aptly named it “Fall(in’) in Love with Dixie” and allowed us to use it in our marketing.

A most people know, the landscape of Utah’s Dixie changed dramatically over the next few years of our record St. George Real Estate boom. I just HAD to get an updated photo of downtown St. George!

On a very similar November day in 2008 I commissioned local Photographer Danny Lee (http://www.DLeePhotography.com) to take an updated shot following ANOTHER Fall rain storm. I literally called him last minute and said, “HURRY! You’re gonna miss it!”  It has now become an integral part of the Larkin Group brand as our ‘main’ photo at our http://GoStGeorge.com site, as well as in many other locations. 

​Why do we LOVE this photo like we do? 

Growing up, I lived in 3 different homes along a 2-block strip of 600 East in downtown St. George. It's right there in the "Fall in Utah's Dixie" photo, you just can't see it! The typical marketing photo of St. George is always some red rock slab, yet that's not what I relate to my childhood. This photo really represents what growing up in downtown St. George "felt" like to me. 

We printed and mailed over 500 copies of this “Fall in Utah’s Dixie” photo to our friends and clients today – specifically formatted without any logos or other interruptions on the front so you can enjoy our amazing Southwestern Fall scenery year-round should you choose – frame it, post on a bulletin board, the fridge, whatever.

Wherever you are during this Holiday, here’s to a GORGEOUS Autumn and phenomenal, food and laughter-filled Thanksgiving. As for me? I’ll be enjoying Fall in Utah’s Dixie. 

Giving Thanks: Do we have it GOOD or WHAT!?!?

by Jeremy Larkin

I mean it! Am I the only one who'd been "auto-deleting" the "heartfelt Holiday Wishes" emails that have been coming from all sorts of companies this week? (sorry if someone receiving this sent me one...I really DO like you!)

Anyway, this is my favorite time of year: Fall, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. Always has been, same for my Mother (who was aptly named "Dixie")- I guess I get it from her? It was kind of like growing up with Martha Stewart for a Mother. The Holidays were just always PERFECT around our home - I'm pretty lucky.

There's just something magical about the way the sun starts to come in the windows differently in late September, then the rest is history and before you know it we're in January!

There's no time or space to thank everyone who's helped us in our business and lives, but I want our clients, friends, prospects (those of you I don't know YET but are in our database) to know that we don't take our blessings for granted. We've been very blessed and alot of people have it a lot worse.

Carry on, don't eat too much stuffing, and enjoy the leftover turkey sandwiches...I know I do!

-Jeremy

PS - I'm inserting my all time favorite photo of St. George. I had this taken by photographer Danny Lee in November 2009 after a rainstorm. A similar shot was taken in Fall 2004 by Larry Gardner after a storm, but my file wasn't great quality so I had Danny RACE out there right after the clouds broke.   probably get a better copy/file of it at our Facebook page: Larkin Group Facebook Page

I have a secret weapon that is producing miracles...

by Jeremy Larkin

Happy Thanksgiving! Why do we wait all year to feel or show some gratitude? t's silly isn't it? We wait for the media to "tell us" to be grateful to do so.  Let's all do better!

My business  coaches & mentors have really beaten this gratitude thing into me this year and the results have been amazing.

I'm now going to share with you my "secret tool" that was introduced to me last year called the "10/10 Visualization" or "10/10 Exercise." It has produced miracles for me - seriously. It goes like this:

1. Every morning (or night for those with days/nights mixed up) sit down with a piece of paper, a journal, or your computer. Think of and write down the 10 things you are most grateful for. Really think about it, emotionalize it. I promise you when you really think about it, you'll find that life is really pretty good.

2. Now, while in complete gratitude mode, think of and write down the 10 things you would most like to attract.  BE HONEST HERE! You want $1 million net worth by the end of 08? Write it down! Want a loving and passionate relationship with your spouse and kid? Write it down! Trying to kick a bad habit? Write it down!

As I've been INTENTIONALLY grateful on a daily basis, using the 10/10 visualization, I have literally seen miracles popping up around us.....professionaly, personally, for my family, etc.  I DARE YOU to try this every day for a month, or at least every week or work-day for 1 month.

You probably have it better than you think. Try this and call or email me with the results!

 

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