Winter_SellersSo you’re seriously considering selling your home. Better put it off until this spring when the real estate market heats back up. Right? Wrong!

Though conventional wisdom would have you believe it’s better to wait for mild weather to sell your house, the truth is there are a number of reasons why listing your home during the long winter months can actually work in your favor. Here are just a few.

1. Less Competition

It’s true that fewer people tend to list their homes during the winter months, but this means there will be fewer listings to compete with. It’s always better to be the only home for sale in your neighborhood, rather than being one of four.

“Many sellers take their houses off of the market for the winter so there is less…

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Booker's BakersLooking through all the Facebook posts this Christmas season, I have enjoyed seeing families, schools, friends, and communities come together for the good. The picture of the little boy seeing Santa at the Christmas parade and the wonder and joy on his face made me smile. The pictures of the school Christmas programs, and seeing the smiles on the children’s faces because they were enjoying singing for their parents and friends make me smile. 

The community coming together to provide toys and food for so many people in need, makes me smile. Seeing friends around tables having conversation without phones and enjoying each other’s company, makes me smile. 

Last Thursday Team Booker baked holiday treats for three lucky winners. We were the winners,…

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Downsizing V3At the cusp of a New Year, it’s common to resolve to make some serious lifestyle changes. Sometimes those changes include downsizing from a large home, with more belongings, to a smaller, simpler life.

Maybe your adult children have left for college, or are beginning to create families of their own. Maybe your dream of retiring and traveling more will naturally result in less time at the homestead. Maybe you’re resolved to Marie Kondo your life by living with less.  

According to Brinkoetter Realtor, Aimee Dial, knowing what you want is half the battle. 

“First thing I ask my clients: do you want to downsize your mortgage, your house size, your yard size, the maintenance (older homes), or is it a combination of those things? I think many people…

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When friendly competition turns into festive holiday funFor many families, decorating for the holidays is a time-honored tradition. Sometimes that tradition has been handed down by previous jolly generations; other times, tradition is born new and rolled out for future generations’ delight.

For Brinkoetter client, Patrick Jones, decorating his home for Christmas provides a bridge between the holidays he remembers from his own childhood, to the childhood he is creating for his children today.

“Growing up, my family was always very into Christmas and decorating. I think for me, decorating our home is a big part of readying ourselves for the holidays.”

According to Patrick, he and his neighbors have enjoyed a friendly competition over the years in an effort to out-bright one another. “This all began years…

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