Just about every day, someone tells us, "I'm planning on selling after the first of next year". Their logic is usually either, "No one buys during the Holidays" or "I don't want to be bothered during Christmas". Here's why that might be faulty logic:
•1. Many people take the only time they have off work (= Holiday) to look at homes. If yours isn't on the market when they have the time to look, they will never see it. (You retain control of when it is showed, so we won't interrupt your family celebration.)
•2. Holiday Buyers are SERIOUS Buyers. They don't waste time, and they know what they want.
•3. Homes show better when festively decorated for the holidays.
•4. Buyers are naturally more emotional during the Holiday Season and base some of their buying decision on seasonal feelings of warmth and hospitality.
•5. January is a traditional time for Corporate and Military moves. Your home must be on the market NOW@ to capture their attention.
•6. During the last quarter, and especially during the holidays, the inventory of available homes is traditionally lower than in the Spring. There is less competition. Your chance of getting full market value may be greater.
•7. When you are ready to shop for your new home, the inventory will be likely be greater, the competition for your dollar is also stronger, and prices may be softer.
•8. Interest rates are at Historic Lows right now. That makes your home more affordable. If rates rise, Buyer interest decreases. A ½% change in Interest Rate is roughly equivalent (in payment amount) to a 5.8% Price Change in the house.
•9. The Tax Credits for 1st Time and Move-Up Buyers expire April 30. If your home isn't on the market, you may miss these Buyers, and
10. You may miss the Tax Credit for yourself as well.
Contact us today if you are thinking about Buying or Selling now or in the future. We will be glad to discuss your options in complete confidentiality, without obligation. We are here to help you and those you choose to refer to us.
Warmest Holiday Wishes,
Ellen and Doc Stephens, REALTORS®
Keller Williams Realty
10999 IH-10 West, San Antonio, TX 78230
Toll Free: (877-TELL-ELLen [877-835-5355]