The Greatest Home Move Ever Made

The Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor

Like many holidays, we often overlook the origins of why we celebrate Thanksgiving. My 7 year old is in 2nd grade and brought home a book about the first Thanksgiving that really got me to realize that it was possibly the greatest home move ever made.

The group of people we often refer to as Pilgrims weren’t too different from modern day families when it comes time to make a move. The Pilgrims didn’t move because of rising house values or to find a better investment, they moved to make a better life for themselves and their families. In fact they moved twice! First from England to Amsterdam, then finally across the Atlantic Ocean to America.

The Pilgrims departed in August of 1620 to find their new home. If you think your last move was a painfully long process, think about moving on a ship with 120 other people for about 4 months. While this may be the greatest home move, it was also one of the most painful as we know of the sickness, death and struggles they encountered to reach their new home. The worst part was when the finally go to their new place, it was the worst possible time of year to move in…winter. But even so, the Pilgrims banded together to weather the cold, harsh conditions because for better or worse this was the place they now called home.

After the winter passed, spring, summer and bountiful harvest arrived which brings us to what we refer to as the first Thanksgiving in autumn of 1621. Of the 120 passengers that embarked on the voyage, some historians say that only 52 remained to enjoy that harvest celebration. The reason for rejoicing was that they knew they had survived the worst and wanted to give thanks for their new home and the realization that this next year would be better than the last.

For anyone that’s moved into a home that’s less than perfect I think you can relate to the move the Pilgrim’s made although on a much smaller scale. My wife and I bought our house several years ago. It was far from perfect. We had to undo the horrendous decor, redo the former owner’s wanna-be handyman projects and gut a lot of the rooms. We spent money we didn’t want to, worked harder than we thought we’d have to, but in the end it was still our home. It’s hardly the hurdles that the Pilgrims of Plymouth had to face, but I can see why they made such a difficult trip and survived so many hardships for the ability to make a new home.

So this Thanksgiving as  you sit at the dinner table of whatever home you find yourself in, give thanks for the home that you’ve made,  for those that allow you to have the freedom to enjoy it, and for what the future holds for you and your home.

Happy Thanksgiving.


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Coldwell Banker Holiday TV Spot – Crowded House

If you haven’t noticed, the holidays are upon us. In years past, Coldwell Banker has done some unique holiday related advertising. Last year, we created a billboard in Times Square that featured agents and locations with holiday themed names.

This year we partnered with NBC to not only create a holiday themed TV spot, but also advertise on some of the most notable holiday programs. This week, we launch our holiday themed ad which we call “Crowded House.” Our recent survey of consumers showed that 40% of people have more than 15 people living under one roof during the holiday season! As you’ll see in the video below, we played off that concept in what we think is a relatable TV commercial.

In addition, this new ad will be running on the marquee holiday programs on NBC including the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting  as well as other holiday related programs throughout the  upcoming weeks.

As we reference in an earlier blog post, the holidays bring out a new appreciation for home and it plays a larger role in the memories and the enjoyment of the holiday season. From our home to yours we hope you have a happy holiday season.

Take a look at our holiday ad below and be on the lookout for it this week on NBC.

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Truly There is No Place Like Home for the Holidays

No place like home for the holidays

The old holiday tune There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays is a classic melody, but to many of us the lyrics are more than just a catchy song. While many associate this holiday classic with Christmas, if you look at the words it’s actually more applicable to Thanksgiving. But in any case it was the thought behind this song that got us a Coldwell Banker Real Estate to think about just how much a home truly means during the holidays.

If you talk to anyone about their holiday plans, I guarantee the vast majority of people will be going to someone’s “house.” When you think about holiday memories of years past, is it the presents or meals that you recall or is it more about the times you had with family and friends while gathered around a table in someone’s home. For me, it was always about going to grandma’s house. Didn’t matter what holiday it was, we were headed to one of my grandmother’s house to be stuffed until we could eat no more and then hear Grandma ask “Why?” when we would tell her we couldn’t eat any more.

Now with a family of my own, my wife and I enjoy creating our own holiday traditions. Because my wife is such a great cook/baker/dessert maker extraordinaire, they usually involve food. For Thanksgiving, my wife makes a pumpkin cheesecake and a mean chocolate pecan pie while our home is decorated in pumpkins and cornucopias. For Christmas, we’ve started the tradition of gathering in the living room around the tree to open presents before breakfast and then feasting on pumpkin scones and homemade Orange Julius drinks (if you don’t know what those are, click here).

Almost everyone has some kind of holiday tradition and I’m willing to bet it involves being at someone’s home. To take this concept of home for the holidays a bit further, we surveyed consumers to get an idea of how much their home impacts their holiday festivities. What we found is that nearly 40% of those surveyed had more than 15 people staying under one roof during the holidays! I can actually relate to that as my wife has 3 siblings and in total there will be 11 grand kids, 8 parents and 2 grandparents under one roof this Christmas. Sure it’s chaos, but they’re good times as well.

We also found that there are a lot of liars out there as 77% of respondents claimed to have never tried to snoop around for presents before Christmas. Come on! Really?

Click here to read the full results of our home for the holidays survey, but you’ll also want to take a look at the video below where we interviewed consumers on the streets of New York to find out some of their favorite holiday traditions at home. Share your favorite holiday traditions at home in the comments!

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Real Estate Headlines for the Week Before Thanksgiving

A snowy open house?

November feels like it’s moving super fast. Can you believe next week is Thanksgiving? Holiday albums are already being released. Santa Claus is stationed in the center of my local mall. It’s inevitably getting closer to that crazy holiday season. Consider this your last week of sanity before mayhem ensues. Here are your real estate headlines for this week before Thanksgiving:

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