The Holidays are upon us! We all know too well that from November to the New Year things can get a little crazy. With family gatherings, shopping sprees and New England’s unpredictable weather – selling your home may seem like the last thing on your list. But homeowners who are looking to move may want to give put their home on the market during the holidays a second thought!
There’s Less Competition
Not as many people are taking the leap to sell during the holiday season due to previous travel arrangements and the assumption that people won’t be looking this time of year. However, you will have more of an advantage to sell now rather than when the market floods in the spring– making it more difficult for you to make that sale. With less competition, you can be assured your home will sell quickly without giving buyers the chance to really “shop around” at the other options. Plus, if you sell in the winter, you can prepare to buy in the spring and explore more options for your next home.
You Target More Serious Buyers
Since there is so much going on this season, you can be assured that buyers who are looking this time of year are serious about making a purchase and probably want the transaction to be complete before the New Year begins. Whether it’s to take advantage of year-end tax benefits, career relocation for 2015 or with the emotions that come with the holiday season – buyers are serious!
Flexibility From Others!
Due to this “slower season” most real estate agents, mortgage brokers, home inspectors, and repair services have a more flexible schedule. Having these services more easily accessible to you can speed up the selling process while also freeing up your time to go ahead and still enjoy your previous holiday plans.
Staging Your Home
We all know that first impression and presentation is everything when it comes to attracting potential buyers. In fact, most homes look BETTER during the holidays! As a seller, you have the ability to deliver a warm and welcome environment with holiday decorations, lights and even a blanket of fresh snow. Buyers will be able to envision spending the next holiday in your home!
So, if you are considering putting your home on the market during an “off season,” remember that each season has its pros and cons. This is why it’s important to discuss it with a trusted real estate agent who can guide you through the process and decide what time is best for you and your situation.
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