If you're selling your house and wondering whether you should decorate for the holidays, the consensus among real estate agents is to go ahead and deck the halls.
"I think it's a good idea," says Kristin Purcell of Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty, noting that buyers are in the spirit, and if they buy a house, they can see what it looks like all dressed up.
Purcell says house hunters are loving a stone-and-brick center hall Colonial in Munsey Park that she is marketing for $2.35 million. With the help of a professional, the interior has roping, wreaths and gold and silver balls. "It's elegant," Purcell says.
Steve Rainone of Netter Real Estate, who is listing a Dix Hills home for $1.08 million, says it rivals Macy's Herald Square store. Every corner has a theme, says homeowner Angela Cassata. Old-world Santas are in one area, while soldiers grace a bay window, and Christmas trees are throughout. "It's extensive, but done very well," Rainone says, noting that the exterior is all lit up, too. "It's our last Christmas here; I just had to decorate," Cassata says.
In Belle Terre, Jennifer and Dan Marsh put up three Christmas trees, says broker Jolie Powell, who is marketing the 4,297-square-foot center hall Colonial for $1.299 million. There's a tree in the entrance hall and another in the den. The last, trimmed by a young Marsh, is in the child's bedroom. Buyers are impressed when they see the house, says Powell, owner of a real estate agency that bears her name. "They love the lights. . . . It feels warm and familylike. You really get in the holiday spirit when you walk through the door."
A ballroom in a 20-room Gold Coast estate in Lattingtown, on the market for $1.695 million, lends itself to the season with stockings hanging from the fireplace and a mantel displaying a Nativity scene flanked by Christmas cards and angels. "The sparkle of Christmas brings out the beauty of the room," says listing agent Barbara Brundige of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.
Bottom line, go ahead and dress up your home for the holidays, agents say. One thing to remember: If the house is still on the market when Jan. 2 rolls around, all that red, green and gold has to go, says Rainone, noting that will be time to rephotograph.