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Christmas Gifts For You

by Terry Sullivan - Lyons-Sullivan Realty

At Lyons-Sullivan Realty, we are decking the halls and enjoying the sights and sounds of the season, all around Livingston County. In the spirit of the holidays, we’d like to offer you a gift -- a list of resources to help you as buyers, sellers and believers in Santa Claus.

Gift #1. Education. Freddie Mac offers what amounts to an online class on buying a home. You can learn whether buying is right for you, how much you can afford, down payment options and credit impacts. Visit My Home on the Freddie Mac website to start learning about home ownership today. 

Gift #2. A Christmas glimpse. Ever wonder what Santa Claus and the reindeer really look like? Tune in on your computer to Santa’s live reindeer feed to see what’s up at the North Pole.

Gift #3. One-stop home shopping. The Lyons-Sullivan Realty website offers you a one-stop shopping experience for home in Livingston County as well as resources like a free instant home valuation and free reports to help you in your home-buying quest. Grab a cup of hot cocoa and browse our site -- we’d love to have you!

Gift #4. Mood music. Weather left you feeling less than Christmas-y? Try some soothing music to get you in the spirit. 

Gift #5. See Christmas and the North Pole up close. You can visit Christmas and the North Pole without a passport. Christmas lives in all our hearts, of course, but also in Florida and Michigan. Head even farther north than the Upper Peninsula of Michigan all the way to Alaska and you can really visit the North Pole. Interestingly enough, Santa Claus really lives there. You can read his story here

Gift #6. Peace of mind. When you choose Lyons-Sullivan Realty for your trusted real estate agency, you will buy or sell your home with complete peace of mind knowing that we will provide you accurate information, walk you through all the steps in the process and be there when you close on your home. Give us a call today at (815) 842-1400.

Happy Holidays from everyone at Lyons-Sullivan Realty!

Christmas Weather, Christmas Wishes

by Terry Sullivan - Lyons-Sullivan Realty

What kind of Christmas weather do you look forward tol? Snow covered and bright? Cold enough for a fire in the fireplace? Would you rather a tropical holiday on a beach somewhere? The United States offers so many different climates, that whatever your Christmas wish, there’s a locale for you right here on American soil.

If you are dreaming of a white Christmas…

The snowiest spot in the country, according to weather.com is Syracuse, New York with an average yearly snowfall of 126.3 inches. While their snowiest month is January with average snowfall at 35.7 inches, we’d bet Syracuse will enjoy a white Christmas this year. Next in line on weather.com’s snowiest cities list is Erie, Pennsylvania with an average yearly snow total of 100.8 inches. And coming in a close second is Rochester, New York at 100.5 inches. 

Here at home, Midway Airport in Chicago, reports an average yearly snowfall is 45.8 inches according to Tom Skilling, chief meteorologist at WGN-TV.

If you love the deep freeze…

If bundling up, cozy fires and hot chocolate are more your speed, head to Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota where the average December to February temperature is a chilly 18.7 degrees according to weather.com. The website reports that surprisingly, it’s warmer, on average in Anchorage, Alaska with the average fro the same period is 18.8 degrees. And just a little to our north, Madison, Wisconsin can look forward to a few frigid months at 21.6 degrees average from December to February. 

Chicago’s average December to February temp? 26.4 degrees.

If you want a tropical Christmas…

CBS News New York suggests Honolulu-Waikiki, Oahu with December temperatures averaging in the mid-70s. The station also mentions Key West, Florida, Kona, Hawaii and Orlando, Florida. Weather.com combed National Weather Service data and ranked U.S. cities by hottest reported days. If you want sunshine and heat, head south. Laredo, Texas has been known to hit 103 degrees in winter months. Other warm spots include San Bernadino, California, Yuma, Arizona and Lawton, Oklahoma. 

The record high in Chicago, Illinois for a December day was in 1982 when temperatures hit 69 degrees. Not quite tropical, but better than 26 degrees!

No matter where you spend your Christmas holiday, your Lyons-Sullivan Realty professionals wish you a safe and very merry Christmas!

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