Whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or any other holiday, selling your home during the holiday season is not necessarily a bad idea. There can be some great advantages to listing your home during this time of festivities.
The holiday season is a time when homeowners get to showcase their homes. During this time of the year most people meticulously clean their homes, add lights, pleasant smells and generally create a feeling of family. This can evoke a lot of emotions in a buyer, and emotion sells.
Here are some interesting tips and facts when listing your home for sale during this chaotic time of shopping, baking and family gatherings.
Die hard shoppers:
These shoppers are a very serious group of people. They will press on through the holidays in order to find that perfect home. They tend to have an urgent need, are pre-qualified and are ready to buy. Having showings at this time of year reduces the number of “tire-kicker” showings.
Investors often panic when looking at their yearend financials and will wish to close before the tax year is up. This group of buyers tends to be more willing to negotiate in your favor as it draws closer to the end of the year because they may not have enough time left to begin their property search again.
When it’s good to be awake:
Many sellers hold off listing their property until the spring, often because of the misconception that many fruitless showings through the holidays are an inconvenience. This means that your home will have less competition during the winter months, therefore less for a buyer to choose from.
A real visitor from out of town:
January is the biggest transfer month of the year. Many corporations relocate or transfer their employees for the beginning of the year. As a result transferees use the holiday season to look for a new home and they are usually bound by a transfer deadline so they will be looking to make the move as soon as the holidays are over.
Professionals and goodies galore:
Remodeling companies, appliance installers, mortgage lenders and any other professionals that you may need in order to ready your home for sale are generally less busy and can be at less of a premium. Appliances and other remodeling materials can often be bought for less at year end clearances.
Call us today and let one of Bryan / College Station REALTORS advice you on how best to market your home over the holidays!