Are you interested in doing something fun and exciting on a day that you may have off from work or a weekend with no plans?  If you are and if you are like many other Americans, there is a good chance that you may be interested in doing something recreational such as going on a hike.

Hiking is one of the most popular recreational activities in the United States. Most cities and towns have at least one hiking park or hiking trail and many have multiple.

One of the many reasons hiking is such a popular recreational activity is because it can be an easy stroll or a challenging trek, and everything in between.

Hiking is also popular because it can be completely solitary or with a group of friends. It is also a great family activity.

Another reason why hiking is growing as an activity of choice is because it is a workout in nature rather than a boring, stuffy gym.

In addition to being great for us physically, spending time outdoors has been proven time and again to have beneficial effects on our emotional and mental wellbeing. The Vitamin D exposure (safely of course, wear your sunscreen!) and the fresh air are just two of the countless benefits of time spent outdoors.

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6 Reasons Why You Should List Your Home During the Holidays

6 Reasons Why You Should List Your Home During the Holidays

Traditional real estate wisdom may be telling you to hold off selling your home until after the holidays, but there are plenty of good reasons to list your home right now. Consider the following:

  • People who are looking for a home during the holiday season are most likely pretty serious about making a move. In fact, they may be in a bit of hurry. Putting your home on the market now might result in a faster sale at a higher price point.
  • Between family gatherings and holiday parties, you’ve probably got your home in bright and shiny, tip-top shape for entertaining. What better time to show off your home to prospective buyers, too?
  • In most areas of the country, yard maintenance decreases during the wintry holiday months. While you may have to blow a few leaves and clear away some snow from walkways, you won’t have to worry about keeping the lawn mowed, the garden beds weeded and the flowers blooming as you would if listing your home in the spring and summer.
  • The end of the year is usually a slower time for real estate professionals, so you will get lots of attention from your agent if you decide to list your home during the holiday season.
  • You will also have less competition in terms of other homes on the market, allowing your home to stand out more to prospective buyers.
  • You can stage your home to make an emotional connection to the holidays. Work with your real estate agent to tastefully decorate so that prospective buyers envision themselves hosting loving family celebrations in your home during the holidays. Stay away from overtly religious decorations and stick with decorations like small white lights, natural evergreens and a few shimmering metallics. An evergreen- or cranberry-scented candle will also emphasize that home-for-the-holidays feel. 

If you need more real estate information, feel free to contact me.

A Haven of Creativity in Fishtown

A Haven of Creativity in Fishtown

InvestPhilly sits down for a conversation with Kim of the Portside Arts Center to learn a thing or two about expression, community and the power of teaching through art.