Lethbridge Real Estate - November Market Watch
As the winter sets in on southern Alberta, the local real estate market prepares for the weather to start to play a more dominant role. Typically, when the snow and cold comes the traffic to open houses, the number of showings on listed homes, and the number of home buyers who want to go out shopping always dwindles to smaller numbers. As a result of this weather dependant behavior, home owners who are hoping to sell their properties need to be prepared for these changes. Be a smart seller, gather real estate info.
When the weather is good, showing revolve almost entirely around the buyers work schedule, which means that evening and weekends are the busiest. When the weather gets bad, it starts to dictate that schedule even more.
So as a home seller, pay careful attention to the weather. When you see warm days coming, expect that there will be an increase in activity on your property. Don't be bothered or shocked when a Chinook on a saturday brings several showings in a row, in fact prepare for it! Selling your home in the winter months takes an extra bit of patience and preparation.
Here are some tips for selling in the Winter:
1) Clear the snow
2) Let in the natural sunlight
3) Turn up the heat
4) Create a mood
5) Turn on soft music
6) Be aware of scents and smells in your home
7) Make it pretty, seasonally decorated, or staged
8) Make sure it is priced extremely well
9) Provide details on anything that is not obvious
10) Use timers on lights and other electronics to your advantage