Conventional wisdom states that selling a home during the spring and summer months is the best time. Because of this, many people assume that selling a home during the holiday season – that period from Thanksgiving week to New Year’s day – is not the best time. And though it’s true that many buyers do plan their home purchases during those months, that does not mean that all serious buyers disappear after Labor Day.
If you’re home is for sale right now, your are actually in a great position to sell your home faster and for more money by taking advantage of the unique opportunities the holiday selling season offers.
People who are looking for homes during the holiday season are serious buyers and are ready to buy now. The desire to own a home does not stop when the holidays come. Many times those buyers have been looking during the busy spring and summer months and just haven’t found that perfect home yet, or perhaps are relocating to start a new job in the new year. Companies are still hiring throughout the holidays and need their employees in their new positions as soon as possible.
Whatever their reason, anyone who takes time out of their busy holiday schedule to shop for a new home is serious about buying now.
Many homeowners consider taking their homes off the market during the holiday season, and most new sellers will decide to wait until the first of the year or even springtime to list their homes for sale. That is great news for you because that means there is less competition for you as a seller right now. You won’t have to compete with a number of other homes just like yours to get buyers’ attention. Reduced inventory means more buyers looking at your home, either online or in person – and possibly a higher sales price.
Remember, the supply of listings increases substantially after the holidays, which will lessen demand for your home.
Your Home Shows Better
Emotion plays a big role in which home a buyer considers to purchase. You can take advantage of that by setting the “buying” mood and making your house feel like home during the holidays. Tasteful decorations and a minimum of clutter will allow buyers to see their own families celebrating the holidays in your home next year.
Keep it simple, make sure your decorations enhance rather than detract from your home’s best features, and remember to remove them as soon as the season is over.
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Monica Betancourt knows what it takes to sell a home during the holiday season, so if you are looking for professional advice, work with an agent who understands the advantages of selling a home now.