Selling your home during the holidays... Is this a good idea?

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Real Estate Agent with Cutler Real Estate

My beautiful treeDuring this time of year we begin to hear from homeowners this phrase:  "we don't want to list our house during the holidays, we're going to wait until spring".  Have you ever wondered if there was any advantage to selling your house during the holiday season?  There are definitely a few advantages to marketing a home during the holidays.

The most important advantage to selling a home during the holidays is that the house is decorated.  You've probably heard the phrase a staged home sells faster.  Well, imagine walking into a home like this:  you step in the front door where you receive a warm inviting view of the beautiful fireplace with a fire burning, the mantle has been decorated with pine, ribbons, bows, and lights.  The tree is all lit up casting a warm glow throughout the room.  Next you head over to the kitchen where the homeowner has set out some hot apple cider and fresh baked chocolate chip cookies for you to indulge in during your showing.   Still not convinced? 

This is the same living room without the tree giving it that warm glow.   living roomliving roomliving room

Another advantage to selling your home over the holidays is that the buyers who are looking for a home are usually very motivated and serious buyers.  January is one of the biggest months for companies to transfer employees.  People who are relocating will probably begin their home-search in December.  You could be missing out on some very serious buyers by taking your home off the market during the holiday season. 

Because most homeowners do take their home off the market during the holidays there are less homes for buyers to choose from.  Which means your home will receive more attention from buyers who are looking.  In turn this could lead to a faster sale for you.

Do you have more questions about selling your home during the holidays?  Please contact me. 

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Jonathan Martin
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Christina,

Another great reason to list your home in the holidays is that the average looky lou is too busy to stop on by.  Therefore you only have to deal with people that are actually interested in buying a home.  This coupled with the reduction in the number of listings on the market can equal some great success.  The first home I ever sold was over the Holiday Season. 

Another great reason that most people forget about are the tax advantages.  When do you want to benefit from the write-offs this year or next?

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Christina Moock
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Great points Jonathan.  Thanks for stopping by.  I think I got my website link working properly now. 
Nov 19, 2007 01:05 PM #2
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