Every year at this time there are many homeowners who decide to wait until after the holidays to list their homes for the first time, while others who already have their homes on the market decide to take them off until after the holidays.
Here are seven great reasons not to wait:
1. Relocation buyers are out there. Many companies are still hiring throughout the holidays and need their new employees in their new positions as soon as possible.
2. Purchasers who are looking for homes during the holidays are serious buyers and are ready to buy now.
3. You can restrict the showings on your home to the times you want it shown. You will remain in control.
4. Homes show better when decorated for the holidays.
5. There is minimal competition for you as a seller right now. Inventory of homes for sale traditionally slows in the late fall, early winter. Let’s take a look at listing inventory as compared to the same time last year:
6. The desire to own a home doesn’t stop when the holidays come. Buyers who were unable to find their dream homes during the busy spring and summer months are still searching!
7. The supply of listings increases substantially after the holidays. Also, in many parts of the country, new construction will continue to surge and reach new heights which will lessen the demand for your house in 2019.
Waiting until after the holidays to sell your home probably doesn’t make sense.
I was thrilled to attend the kick off for the Moonlight Forest Magical Lantern Festival. The Arboretum has been transformed by magnificent lantern art into a wonderland as vividly colorful as Chihuly Gardens. The illuminated displays center on three themes – Magical China, Nature’s Treasures and Children’s World.
Magical China acquaints visitors with Asian culture. Some highlights include the stunning Terracotta Warriors, an enormous Chinese palace, and my favorite, a dazzling Chinese dragon that stretches across Baldwin Lake. Learn about Chinese opera, Chinese zodiac and other traditions.
Nature’s Treasures offers a zoo-like experience right here in Arcadia! Elephants, giraffes, zebras are among the great variety of animals artfully depicted by the lanterns. Flowers and trees round out the nature theme.
Kids and grown-ups alike will be charmed by Children’s World. A stunning color-changing frog, charming Panda Paradise and vibrant Candy Tunnel are a few of the whimsical displays. Children also have the opportunity to create crafts with paint and dough.
But that’s not all! Chinese acrobats and dancers perform nightly, and a great selection of food trucks and bars offer refreshment to round out your Moonlight Forest experience.
You’ve got to come see this amazing fantasy of light for yourself! The Moonlight Forest runs Wednesdays – Sundays now through January 6, 2019. Visit arboretum.org for tickets. Your get 15% off if you get an Arboretum membership. It pays for itself and you can enjoy the Arboretum year-round with your family. Enjoy!
Descanso Gardens in La Cañada is one of southern California’s most beloved parks, but the area might have been developed into something completely different! Back in the early 1950s when businessman and camellia grower Manchester Boddy was ready to sell his Rancho del Descanso, Walt Disney considered it a possible site for his theme park. Others suggested the land be used as a dump! Yikes! We can be grateful LA County recognized its value as a green space and opened it to the public in 1953. It continues to serve as a necessary and much valued urban retre
Descanso Gardens is well known as home to North America’s largest camellia collection, yet the beautiful Camellia Forest is only one of nine distinct gardens within Descanso’s 160 acres. They range from the rugged Oak Woodland and carefree beauty of the California Natives to the refined five-acre Rose Garden and the tranquil Japanese Garden.
Descanso Gardens is a nationally accredited “museum of living collections.” Its mission is to “offer people an experience close to nature and cultivate understanding of the natural world and people’s place in it through inspiration, education and example.” Plan a visit soon, and be sure to check out their website for upcoming programs and events at Descansogardens.org.
Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011, (818) 949-4200 Descansogardens.org
The Arts, Food & More!
6 | Montrose Oktoberfest
12 | Art Night Pasadena
13 | Glendorafest
13-14 | Japanese Garden Celebration
17-Nov 11 | The Woman in Black
21 | A Taste of Old Town Monrovia
Trick-or-Treat, Pumpkin Festivals, Scarecrows…Oh My!
1-20 | Sierra Madre Scarecrow Festival
20 | Santa Anita Pumpkin Patch
20-21, 27-28 | Slightly Spooky Stories
22-27 | Halloween Craft Week
26-27 | Halloween Window Painting Contest
27 | Off The Page Players: Halloween Tales
27 | Downtown Arcadia Halloween Harvest Festival
27-28 | Pumpkin Festival
27-28, 31 | Old Pasadena Halloween Celebration
31 | Annual Halloween Carnival
31 | Sierra Madre’s Halloween Happenings
31 | Old Town Trick-or-Treat & Halloween Bash
31 | Trick-or-Treat Along Foothill Blvd.
Splurge on the fancy cinnamon spice tea, fresh-pressed cider for
It’s no fun to turn on the heat for the first time only to realize that the
Take a walk around the outside of your home this weekend and make
Not so in love with your laundry room? For a quick update, bring in a vase of fresh flowers and treat yourself to a new laundry basket you love. Have a few more dollars (and hours) to invest? Hang a new wall shelf to hold your laundry supplies or swap out the light fixture for one that suits your style.
With (typically) more mild weather and golden light, early fall can be
If you grew herbs in your garden this year and they’re producing more
- Wash freshly cut herbs and dry lightly with a dishcloth or paper towels.
- Tie herbs into small bundles using rubber bands, twine or twist ties.
- Hang bundles indoors, out of direct sunlight, until dry and crispy.
- Once fully dried, store your herbs in airtight containers for six to 12 months.
September is Disaster Preparedness Month, and with hurricane season
- Pack disaster kits for your home and cars. The American Red Cross has a good checklist if you need guidance on what to include.
- Plan and practice for an evacuation from your home.
- Make a plan for staying in contact and meeting up with your family.
- Be sure your pets are microchipped or wearing tags in case you get separated.
11 | Taste of Old Pasadena
Participating Old Pasadena Restaurants
5-9pm > Stroll through & sample food from many of Pasadena’s finest restaurants & bakeries!
13 | Taste of Pasadena
Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena
6-9pm > Enjoy unlimited food & drink tastings from 24 of Pasadena’s stand out restaurants.
22 | Kiwanis Annual Pancake Breakfast Extravaganza
Memorial Park, Sierra Madre
8-11am > Enjoy pancakes, sausages, coffee, juice, friends & neighbors. The revenue generated goes to youth programs & events the Kiwanis sponsor in town.
24 | Taste of Arcadia
LA County Arboretum, Arcadia
5:30-9pm > Fundraiser dishing up fare from 30+ restaurants. No-host bar, raffle drawing & live music.
29 | Taste of ‘Dena
Altadena Main Library
7-9:30pm > Night of delectable beverage tastings & samples from an assortment of local restaurants & caterers.
30 | Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting
Memorial Park, La Cañada Flintridge
3-6pm > 20+ gourmet vendors offer tastes of their delicious cuisine & exceptional wines from around the world.
15 | Open Arts & Music Festival
3-10pm > Free event featuring artists, performers & local vendors bringing downtown Glendale to life.
15 | Mid-Autumn Festival
Arcadia Public Library
2:30-4pm > East Asian celebration of family, harvest & moon. Lunar stories, activities & moon festival snack!
21 | Teen Fall Festival
Monrovia Public Library
7-8:30pm > Prepare for the season with some balancing, relaxing crafts & enjoy fall-themed snacks.
21-23 | Pasadena Greek Festival
St. Anthony Greek Orthodox Church, Pasadena
Times Vary > Annual celebration featuring the best in authentic Greek food, music & entertainment.
Crafts, Games & More!
1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | Checkmate! Chess at the Museum
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena
5-7:30pm > Drop by & challenge a friend to a game of chess & learn the rules from a U.S. chess expert.
8 | Creative Arts Group Scarecrow Workshop
Creative Arts Group, Sierra Madre
10am-4pm > Bring your scarecrow to life at this annual workshop in preparation for the Scarecrow Festival.
8-9 | Rubber Ducky Races
Kidspace Museum, Pasadena
11am-4pm > The wackiest, quackiest event of the year! Decorate & race your duck down the stream.
15 | Markham Place Historic Walking Tour
Governor Markham Landmark District, Pasadena
9-11:15am > A guided walking tour of one of the oldest neighborhoods in Pasadena.
16 | Young Living Essential Oils Workshop
Knot Too Shabby, Glendora
1-3pm > Fun & informative class where students make their own lotion, spritzer & lip balm using essential oils.
18 | Battle of the Books
Foothill Christian School, Glendora
6:30pm > Students from grades 6-12 compete in this ultimate Book Trivia Championship.
18 | VR & Board Game Night
Sierra Madre Public Library
5-7:30pm > Bring the family, meet neighbors & play one of the new board games.
Arts & Entertainment
8-Oct 6 | The Gin Game
Sierra Madre Playhouse
Times Vary > In this tragi-comedy, the upper hand is shuffled between two souls over a well-worn score pad.
16 | La Reina de Los Ángeles Reception
Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge
5-7pm > Celebrate the artists of La Reina de Los Ángeles exhibition with music, drinks & more!
7pm > After the reception, enjoy a screening of the film Chinatown.
17 | Monday Movie Night: Captain Underpants
Monrovia Public Library
6-8pm > Enjoy freshly popped popcorn as we cuddle up to watch a terrific movie with your family.
22-Oct 27 | Nightwalk in the Chinese Garden
Huntington Library, San Marino
7:30-9pm > A contemporary theatrical production set against the mystical backdrop of the garden, lake & pavilion at night.