10 Reasons the Holiday Season is a GREAT time to sell your home!

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Access

 10 Reasons the Holiday Season is a GREAT time to Sell your Home!

 

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Ok, you need to sell your home.  You just got notice of a job transfer, you are getting married and moving to live with your new husband/wife, you just found out you are having a baby and need more space, your last child is graduating and you need less space, whatever the reason….you need to move!

 

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Common sense might tell you that you should just wait until January to put your house on the market because, well quite frankly it might be kind of a pain in the rear to keep your house in “show ready” condition during the hustle and bustle of the holidays.  Not to mention the extended family that will likely be traipsing through your home during the next month or two.  

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While all that may be true, I am here to tell you some really great reasons you should make the effort to put (or keep) your home on the market during the most wonderful time of the year!

 


1.    Holiday house hunters are typically serious home buyers, they aren’t going to be looking during the holiday season unless they really want/need to buy.

2.    Your home will likely feel very homey during this season (as long as you don’t go Clark Griswald on the neighborhood).

3.    Showing may actually be easier than you think if you are planning on spending any time away visiting others during the holidays…your home becomes a “go and show” when you are out of town and is always show ready.

4.    Many of your neighbors will be having family and friends over for parties and such…if they love the neighborhood and see your for sale sign…you might just get some interested buyers.

5.    Let’s not kid…your house will smell amazing with all the pumpkin pies, sugar cookies, and breads you will be making.

6.    Lots of people get Christmas bonuses and some will likely plan to use theirs as a down payment…get those folks interested now, while they have the money!

7.    You don’t have to worry about any yard maintenance or up keep because your yard is likely dead, your leaves are already raked and flowers won’t be blooming for a while. 

8.    You can always ask Santa for a ready, willing and able buyer.

9.    People are generally happy during the holiday season, happy people make happy home buyers.

10.                      The majority of folks will think this is a bad time to sell a home so they will take their homes off the market or wait to put them on the market….this means you will have much less competition!

 

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Comments (50)

Kim Frasier
Best View Imaging - Millbury, MA
Showcase Your Listing with its Best View

fantastic advice...thank you so much for sharing

Nov 15, 2011 06:42 PM
Valarie Swanson
CENTURY 21 Award - San Diego, CA
San Diego Real Estate

Great points and I liked your commentary, especially #8!

Nov 15, 2011 06:50 PM
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

Great post to reblog! Here is my intro:

I think the serious Sellers and serious  Buyers rise to the surface the next few weeks. Keep a bow on the door and a Sold sign may follow! Or really focus on your home search for some price reductions that are a gift straight from The Claus!


Nov 15, 2011 11:54 PM
Blatt + Cutino
Coldwell Banker Realty - Monterey, CA
Broker-Associate 831/206-8070*Call today*

Good Advice! I hve always suggested this to my clients.

Nov 15, 2011 11:56 PM
Morgan Evans
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON

I agree that there are some definite benefits to selling during the holiday season.

Nov 16, 2011 02:44 AM
Kristin Moran
Owner - RE/MAX Access - KristinMoran@Remax.net - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397

Congrats on the feature! I had a listing this AM & I used some of your "reasons"! Love it!

Nov 16, 2011 04:30 AM
Kristin Moran
Owner - RE/MAX Access - KristinMoran@Remax.net - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397

And I can't wait to get started on baking the items that make the home smell delicious!

Nov 16, 2011 04:30 AM
Anonymous
Gina Koerner The Gina Koerner Team Keller Williams St Louis,MO

Jeanna,

What great ideas! I will be sharing! :)

Nov 16, 2011 09:47 PM
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Vicki Wolpert
Keller Williams Realty Capital District - Athens, NY
Sleepy Hollow Lk/Greene,Columbia, Hudson, Athens

Thank you for a great list!!  It will help with the new sellers and the others that want to take their home off the market "for the holidays".  Happy Sales!

Nov 17, 2011 01:37 AM
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

Great post. I get this question often and i so think it is actuallya good time to have it on the market. You certainly get less competition. The spring is too busy!

Nov 17, 2011 08:07 AM
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

One of the agents I work with has done some of his best business in December.  So this is so true.

Nov 17, 2011 08:40 AM
Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

Folks are beginning the relocation move over the holidays; therefore, for some folks this may be the perfect time. There is something magical about sprucing up the home for Christmas, Right Time...Right Home. Happy selling over the holidays.

Carl and Ceil Winters

Nov 19, 2011 01:28 AM
Gena Schriver
Nebraska Realty - Omaha, NE
YOU MATTER OMAHA (402) 320-HOME (4663)

Great list! And great very sensible reasons as well. I don't know why anyone would think differently after seeing this!

Nov 22, 2011 04:54 AM
Bob Zorechak - ABR, GRI, e-PRO
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan - Morristown, NJ
Sells Homes in Morris/Somerset/Hunterdon Cos., NJ

IMHO, seasonality is gradually becoming a thing of the past with the Spring and Fall markets becoming less and less distinguishable in recent years.

Nov 23, 2011 11:24 AM
Larry Lawfer
YourStories Realty Group powered by Castles Unlimited® - Newton, MA
"I listen for a living." It's all about you.

Nice job with this post.  I have "liked" it along with a lot of us.  Hope your landing page is a great one, or as great at this post. Thanks for the efforts.

Nov 25, 2011 11:50 AM
Beverly Carlson
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 - Abilene, TX
Abilene's Staging Realtor
Great post and good reasons. The holidays can be only happy for those getting anew house. The holiday lights should create curb appeal for showing!
Nov 26, 2011 02:51 PM
Luis Iniguez
Option One Real Estate - Fontana, CA
Search Inland Empire Homes For Sale - Short Sale Agent
Good points on why to have your house listed during this time of the year.
Nov 27, 2011 05:16 PM
Amy Ballain
Red Door Group - Keller Williams Avenues - Broomfield, CO

Great post! So many Sellers think that from Halloween to New Year's is a bad time to list. I agree with all of your points and I especially LOVED #8!

 

Nov 28, 2011 05:32 AM
Judy Szablak
Coldwell Banker- Westport CT - Westport, CT
When You Deserve the Best, You Deserve Judy.

It's the same way in my area. I went one step further and  checked the MLS to find that over TEN PERCENT of ALL home sales last year occurred during the holiday season.  What homeowner who truly wants to sell their home can argue with that, along with all of the other reasons that we all know about?

Nov 28, 2011 07:43 AM
Larry & Jacque Ficek
Alaska Dream Makers - Wasilla, AK
Realtors - Wasilla Alaska

Jeanna, this is a great list and terrific reasons to list your home during the holidays. We have run across many of them while showing homes lately.

Jacque & Larry

Dec 18, 2011 06:15 PM