At this time of year buyers have one foot already in the pool, winding down for the Christmas and New Year holidays so it is a seriously committed buyer who attends open houses in the weeks prior to Christmas day.
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There are also Christmas parties to attend, hangovers to recover from and Christmas shopping to be done, all leading to a drop in open house attendance in December.
This year most solicitors are trying to wrap things up for Friday 19th December so this weekend is an important auction weekend.
If you are planning on selling in early 2015 remove any Christmas decorations from the house prior to photos being taken otherwise buyers will think you have been on the market longer than you have.
January is usually a quieter month for real estate but sellers have less competition and there are still buyers around. With less properties for sale in 2014 there might be still a committed group of buyers looking for a home in January 2015.
Nothing says “Merry Christmas” like the sight of lit up skies from the glow of Christmas lights! It’s the time of year where front yards welcome Santas, reindeers and nativity scenes, beautifully lit up with sparking lights and sometimes even a Christmas carol or two!
In the late 80’s and early 90’s Bonnet Bay was renowned for it’s wonderful displays, with Peppermint Grove in Engadine also receiving a name for its Christmas extravagance in the past. During the last 10 years Janice and Ron Mowler of Griffiths St, Sans Souci have covered their home with dazzling lights and decorations accompanied with catchy Christmas tunes attracting those from near and far, with their display getting a little bigger each year.
Judged by popular demand, the top streets in The Shire, St George and surrounding areas for outstanding Christmas light displays include:
Kemp St, Mortdale
Hodge St, Hurstville
Madres Ave, Kogarah
Kanangur Ave, Gymea
Kingsgrove Ave, Kingsgrove
Koel Pl, Woronora Heights
Ridge Rd, Engadine
Spoonbill Ave, Woronora Heights
Snowden Ave, Sylvania
Yurreel Close, Bangor
True Christmas spirit
A special mention goes out to George Mathioydakis who, as a supporter of The Make-A-Wish Foundation, has spent years building up his beautiful display at 8 Lomandra Place, Alfords Point and encourages visitors to make a donation at the wishing well on the site to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions and to help support their families especially over Christmas. As the charity receives no direct government support, it is the work of warm-hearted community members like George who keep the foundation going.
Once again the team at Beach & Bay wish you all a safe, relaxing and enjoyable Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!