Will My Home Sell During The Holidays?

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Professionals, Inc.

Wondering if its worth while to put or keep your home on the market during these holidays?   Well here are some ideas that may help you decide.  Buyers shop for homes all year round, including the holiday season. In fact, I was hoping to coast during this month and just take some time to catch up for the upcoming 2007. Over the years I have found that sellers who put their homes on the market during the holiday season (roughly between November and January) may have an advantage because there are fewer houses on the market so there's less competition. There are several other reasons to consider putting your home on the market during the holidays:

A. Many home buyers have extra time off during the holiday season so they have more time to look for their new home. Additionally, in Florida, we have many visitors visiting relatives who might want to consider moving close to their folks or into warmer weather.

B. Because of the limited supply of homes for sale, sellers may be able to receive a higher purchase offer than expected.

C. Buyers looking for homes during the holidays are usually highly motivated to buy before the end of the year so they can get extra itemized income-tax deductions for mortgage loan fees, interest and pro-rated property taxes.

D. Festive lights and holiday decorations can help a home "show better."

E. Because January is traditionally the month for transfers, having a home on the market at the end of the year can capture the transferees who may not be able to wait until the Spring to buy a home.


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