All real estate agents say the same thing - "now is the best time to sell" yada yada... but there are benefits to selling in the fall and winter months over the spring and summer; the time everyone thinks is the best time to sell. If you have to sell a home in the fall, it's not the end of the world, you won't even have to worry too much about getting a good price. Here are 4 very good reasons Fall is a great time to sell a house.
#1. Use the Seasons to Your Advantage
Capitalize on the warmth of the season with fall colors, scents and landscaping. Don't stress that leaves are falling from trees; embrace it with pumpkins on the porch, fall flowers on the table and a wreath on the door. Don't overdo it but you can certainly benefit greatly from the sense of warmth, home and hearth. You'd be surprised at what these feeling evoke. Home, family, comfort; they all add to the charm of the season and by maximizing the feeling in the staging, you can appeal to a wide range of home buyers.
#2. Pressure to Move Before the Holidays.
Most people don't want to be packing and moving during the holidays. They want it done and over with. People may want to decorate so the urgency to close before the holidays is a great reminder to get into a home soon and not dilly-dally on the negotiations too much. You can appeal to buyers sense of hominess by getting them to close sooner rather than later.
#3. Less Competition.
Let's face it, there are just fewer sellers out there! Buyers may still need to buy a home and move and guess what, your home is what's available. For this reason, you won't need to budget much, if at all, on your price and buyers won't have a lot of competition to deal with and neither will you.
#4. More Motivated buyers
Yes, this goes along the lines with the pressure to move, but people also don't want to be house hunting in the winter months. You won't have to deal with too many looky-loos that are not really serious buyers and those that are serious will really only look at your home if they have a pretty good intention of buying. You may not have as many non-serious buyers coming through your home. This eases the stress of showing the house week after week.
Yes, staging and selling in the fall may have all the right attributes for a great sale. If you have been holding off listing or just think that now may be the right time. Give me a call today. I work primarily in the San Ramon, Livermore, Dublin and Pleasanton areas East of the bay area. Give me a call today.