Holiday Home Sellers
Buck the trend, don’t wait for spring to list your home. Although home sales are customarily robust in the spring, there are no hard and fast rules in today’s unpredictable real estate climate.
As a seller, you need to consider every avenue for a successful sale. Home sale listings generally dip in the fall and winter months as sellers are busy this time of year with holidays. Assuming buyers are busy, sellers often opt to stave off listing until the spring or, suspend their active listing. This means the inventory is lower during the holidays and if you list your home during this time, you’ll have less competition. Why follow the pack and wait for spring? Take advantage of the drop in inventory and invite buyers into your home during the holidays.
Buyers who are looking during the busy holiday season tend to have a reason for doing so; something has accelerated their need to find a home. Whether it is an out of town job transfer or, the sale of their own home, buyers who shop for homes during the holidays tend to be more serious about their purchase.
Buyers often have more free time over the holiday season because they are taking their seasonal vacations. This means more free time to view what listings are on the market so, why not make your home available for buyers with more free time.
Out of town visitors who are interested in your neighborhood have a limited time window to see homes. You can catch the attention of this unique buyer by keeping your home available during the holidays.
Many of us decorate for the holidays and keep our homes in shape to receive seasonal
guests. This will bode well for you as a Seller as your home is looking particularly show-worthy this time of year. Buyers will enjoy tasteful festive touches and appreciate the fact you are willing to allow them access to your home during the holiday season.
As a holiday home seller, you’ll have less competition and get a jump on the market before the rush of spring listings. If need be, your agent can help make things easier for you by limiting showing times or removing the lock box and showing by appointment.
Buck the trend and keep your house on the market over the holiday season.
Copyright 2012: Valerie Anne Martinetti