You have decided to put your home on the market and some have said that the spring and summer are the best times to list a home. This is a list of the tips, tricks and advantages of listing your home during the holidays.
Advantages of Selling During the Holidays
Less Inventory and Less Competition – Because so many sellers still view the holidays as a less than ideal time to sell a home, they often take their house off the market during the holiday season. This leads to fewer houses on the market and less competition among home sellers. This gives you a distinct advantage when selling your home during this festive time of year.
Motivated Buyers – Anyone who is house hunting during the Christmas or Hanukkah season is likely to have a reason why. Maybe they are changing jobs and need to relocate in a short period of time. Perhaps they are a military family with a required transfer. No matter the cause, these are buyers who are looking to get into a new home quickly. Sellers can capitalize on the fact that people searching for a home during the holidays are ready to buy.
Let Your House Sparkle – For many of us, our homes look their very best during the holidays. Our carefully chosen decorations complement our personal style and with people stopping by we tend to keep our home in top shape. The aggravation of showing your home during this busy time of year may be outweighed by the fact that your house is looking its absolute best!
Tips for Listing your Home During the Holidays
Decorate Tastefully – Your home can be at its peak during the holidays with extra touches of warmth. If your home is on the market during the holiday season you want potential buyers to have the ability to envision their family living in the home. This means that oversized decorations and crowding in the home might fog this important visualization.
Decorate Neutrally – Another option that many people choose if selling their home during the holidays is to choose a general winter theme, rather than a more traditional religious theme. This allows a wider audience to see the home as having potential for their needs.
Hire a Reliable Real Estate Agent – The last thing any home seller needs is a real estate agent that disappears for an extended break during the holiday and New Year. Make sure you find an agent that will be present during that important time.
Seek Out Motivated Buyers – People who are house hunting during the holidays often have a higher need to move, such as for a new job. Talk with your listing agent about targeting these more motivated buyers.
Price Your Home To Sell – Work with your agent to determine a fair price for your home and instead of making small incremental price reductions, consider reducing the price before putting a home on the market.
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(all data current as of 10/18/2017)
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