We all know holidays can be a stressful time, and the last thing on your mind may be the idea of listing your home. However, there are some very real advantages to biting the bullet and putting your home on the market at holiday time.
Many sellers decide to take their home off the market during the holidays. They must think to themselves, “Who needs that added stress?”. However, if you decide to wait until the first of the year or even springtime, you’ll be competing all of the other sellers in your area and possibly prolonging the sale of your home.
So, if you decide to keep your house on the market during the holidays, you’ll enjoy fewer competing listings in your area and ultimately better capture your buyers’ attention. Make sure your house is priced to sell and that it’s always in “show” condition.
- Enthusiastic BuyersBuyers who take time out of their busy holiday to house hunt are likely more serious about buying right now. There are many good reasons to buy a home toward the end of the year, such as tax reasons. Also, people who are relocating for a job for the new year tend to shop around the holidays and they are often highly motivated to buy.
Whatever their reason, be as flexible as possible with your show times and contract term negotiation schedules.
- Capture Buyers’ ImaginationEmotion plays a big role in a home buyer’s purchase choice. By using decorations to make your home more cheerful and cozy, home buyers are free to imagine their own families celebrating the holidays in the home the following year. Keep your decorations tasteful and avoid clutter and you can highlight the unique features of the home and inspire your potential buyers.
- Professional Advice
Experienced real estate agents know that home sales remain steady into the holidays, so if you’re looking for a professional real estate agent who understands the advantages of buying and selling a home any time of year, call me, Dan Mahoney at (760) 238-6334.