Should I List My Home In Winter?

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Should I list my home in  Winter?

I am often asked during a listing appointment with potential Albuquerque home sellers “Should I list my home in Winter”?  The answer...if you want or need to sell then yes, For Sale Signlist your home in the winter months or at anytime.  Home buyers search and shop for homes 365 days a year and if your home is not on the market it’s certainly not going to sell.  Yes, as an Albuquerque REALTOR®  I normally see a slower pace in the market during the late fall and winter months but it certainly doesn't cease.

Many things drive buyers into a market like relocation, new job, retirement or unexpected life events like a new baby. Even local buyers that have been recently qualified are just ready to purchase their first home. Regardless of the reason buyers become homeowners each and every day of the year.  Should I list my home in Winter?  I have found that in the winter months when inventory is typically down sellers with a quality (well maintained, updated and nicely presented) home can actually fetch a higher price due to the fact there are fewer competing homes for buyers to choose from.

I do suggest sellers provide photos showing the summer foliage and landscape whichHome Shopping we then make available in the on and offline marketing pieces and at the home.  This way buyers can better visualize the exterior appeal of your home.

So if you asking yourself or your REALTOR® should I list in winter?  I say It certainly can’t sell if it’s not on the market. Take advantage of the fact some of your competition is holed up for the winter.  As they say in our business “There’s a home for every buyerand a buyer for every home" regardless of what day or time of  year it is.  

Should I list in Winter? Yes, if you want/need to sell in Winter or early Spring!

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Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

John- I like that you point out the frequently sellers that list in the winter fetch a higher offer due to low inventory. This is spot on. Real Estate doesn't take a winter break, that's for sure!

Dec 21, 2012 10:28 PM #51
Gwen Croft
gwen croft real estate - Asheville, NC
Your Personal Real Estate Professional

Absolutely a seller should list in the winter. People need to move 365 days a year - we keep changing jobs, getting divorced, or married, expect more children... there are many many reasons someone is shopping just for YOUR home. 


Dec 21, 2012 10:33 PM #52
Ric Mills
Keller Williams Southern Az - Tucson, AZ
Integrity, Honesty, and Vast Real Estate Knowledge

Timing is everything and as one astute blogger said, "if it isn't on the market it won't sell".  Slow or not, houses sell year round.

Dec 21, 2012 11:40 PM #53
John Fauth
Coldwell Banker King Thompson - Grove City, OH
Turning your dreams into an address!

Certainly less gaukers in the winter. If someone is looking in the winter they are serious about moving. In the spring you get alot of potential clients who are just throwing what they have against the wall to see if they can get a home.

Dec 21, 2012 11:43 PM #54
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Hi John, we tell our sellers the holidays are the best time.  More people visiting sunny Florida!

Dec 22, 2012 12:42 AM #55
Rob Arnold
Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. - Altamonte Springs, FL
Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F

There is never a bad time to sell.  The very first home I purchased we closed in December. 

Dec 22, 2012 01:12 AM #56
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Inventory is so low now in our area I don't think that this winter is going to be bad at all. It does depend though on how much snow we have too.

Dec 22, 2012 01:46 AM #57
Tom Esposito
Alpharetta Home Solutions - Alpharetta, GA

Good post.  I liked your idea of summertime photos to show a potential buyer what it looks like when they're leaves on the trees and the grass is green.  In the Atlanta area, we list them and sell them year round. 

Dec 22, 2012 02:38 AM #58
Pat & Wayne Harriman
Harriman Real Estate, LLC (203) 672-4499 - Wallingford, CT
Broker/Owners, Wallingford CT Real Estate

Yup, we tell all of our sellers to leave their listings up over the winter. Nine times out of ten, any buyer that comes along is going to be a serious one and not a looky-loo, so why not leave it up? Do they all listen? Well...

Dec 22, 2012 04:26 AM #59
Rafi Footerman
Mid Jersey Inspections - Edison, NJ
Home Inspector, Mold Inspector, Radon and More!

I'm glad you mentioned relocation.  December and January are the busiest months for corporate relo.

Dec 22, 2012 05:04 AM #60
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

All great reasons why listing a home in winter months is advantageous. 

Dec 22, 2012 06:23 AM #61
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I agree - people have reasons for moving and those reasons don't all happen in the summertime.

Dec 22, 2012 09:06 AM #62
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear John,

Some winters are pretty slow, but this one has been all but. Today is the first day this year that all my appointments got cancelled, so if someone needs to sell, they should list the home to take advantage of the folks out there looking.

Dec 22, 2012 10:32 AM #63
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

John, my busiest month to list home is January!   Put it on the day after Christmas despite what the weather is doing!

Dec 22, 2012 11:30 PM #64
Morgan Evans
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

Your discussion of the benefits of selling your home during the winter makes sense, if you have to sell doesn't matter what time of year.

Dec 23, 2012 02:49 AM #65
Tim Lorenz
TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team - Mission Viejo, CA
949 874-2247

I feel almost guilty that we have a fairly warm and beautiful winter season.

Dec 23, 2012 02:58 AM #66
David Grbich
Realty One Group - - San Juan Capistrano, CA
Orange County Real Estate - 949-500-0484

Hi John - no doubt that buyers are looking to buy year round and waiting for the summer to sell may be a missed opportunity. Have a great holiday! Regards Dave

Dec 23, 2012 06:30 AM #67
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Thanks John - I'm reblogging because we have almost ZERO inventory here in the Santa Cruz Mountains!

Dec 23, 2012 07:05 AM #68
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

John, this is important information for all those considering whether or not they should list their home during the winter months.

Dec 23, 2012 03:34 PM #69
Ron Aguilar
Continental Mortgage - Saint George, UT
Mortgage & Real Estate Advisor since 1995

A buyer and a seller is born every minute. In this industry our work never takes time off. You can approach people any time it should never matter what time of year it is. 

Dec 26, 2012 01:36 AM #70
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