If your house is listed for sale, there are 10 reasons why you should keep it listed during the holiday season.
- People who look for homes during the holidays are more serious buyers. I'm currently working with two relocation clients who want to get their kids enrolled in school before the new year's semester, so they really want to get a deal done.
- Serious buyers have fewer houses to choose from during the holidays. This means less competition and more money for sellers currently on the market.
- Since inventory will increase dramatically in January, there will be less demand for your home, meaning less money. You want to get sold before the new year starts.
- Houses show better when they're decorated for the holidays. Make the house look nice, but don't go overboard. You want buyers to be able to see themselves living in your house.
- Buyers are more emotional during the holidays, so they're more likely to pay your price. Seeing a crackling fire and a beautiful Christmas tree lets buyers envision having a holiday or their own in the house.
- Some people must buy before the end of the year for tax reasons.
- January is traditionally the month for employees to start new jobs. Since transferees can't wait until spring to buy, your house must be listed now to capture that market.
- You can restrict showings during the holidays. You can stay on the market during the holidays, you just won't have to bring in buyers during the six or seven holiday days. We can guide you to the best times to temporarily suspend showings.
- You can sell now for more money and we'll provide for a delayed closing or extended occupancy until early next year. We can get the house under contract and then work with the buyer to see if we can close later in December and move in right after the new year starts. You'll have the opportunity to enjoy the holidays and do all the moving right after.
- By selling now, you may have the opportunity to be a non-contingent buyer during the spring when there are more homes on the market for less money. This will let you sell high now and buy low in the spring.
If you have any more questions about selling a home this winter, give us a call or send us an email. We'd love to work with you!
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