Should Sellers Sell Or Wait?

Real Estate Agent with Windermere Real Estate

Several people still ask if they should list their home in the winter. We vote yes on the Diane Beck Team. Winter in Montana is sometimes brutal. The sun goes down at 5:00pm sharp and the temperature rarely peaks over a bitter 30 degrees. When there are active buyers in this bitter cold you know they are serious. They are waiting for the perfect home to hit the market and what if it is yours? Also, there is rarely a very high inventory at the beginning of the year. You are the most competitive you will be in your market and if the timing is right you might get the highest possible price for your home. However, you will still be moving in the cold.  I say it might just be worth it. 


That being said, Diane listens and analyzes each clients' situation. No transaction is ever the same and sometimes waiting until the spring to list is her best advise. 


- Becky Weidow, The Diane Beck Team

Comments (21)

David Jones - Aliso Viejo, CA

Diane, welcome to ActiveRain blogging. Your comment makes sense for sellers. Look forward to more of your post.  Dave

Jan 07, 2016 08:39 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Hi Diane Beck, Welcome to Active Rain and congratulations on your first blog post.

Jan 07, 2016 09:51 AM
Sharon Kowitz
CRS-SRES-ABR-GRI-E-Pro-CREN Fonville Morisey Cary, NC - Cary, NC
Cary, NC Relocation Specialist ~ Buying or Selling

Hello and Welcome! Wow, winter's do not sound like a fun place to look at real estate in Montana. Good luck this season!

Jan 07, 2016 11:54 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Love the scenery in your profile pic Diane, and always enjoy a visit to your state.

Welcome to Active Rain, looking forward to reading many more of your posts, let me know if there is anything that I can do to help as you get started here.

Jan 07, 2016 12:25 PM
Christine Gerbehy
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox and Roach Northfield - Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Making waves, one home at a time...

Welcome to Active Rain! Great first post!

Jan 07, 2016 01:58 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Welcome to ActiveRain!

Yes, in the winter buyers who are out are serious, and it's a great time to list one's house.

By the way, I visited the Missoula/Hamilton area for the first time this past summer, and will be out there again in March - although this time the plan is to go north. Missoula is such a beautiful area.

Jan 07, 2016 07:24 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Diane Beck people need shelter all year round.... and they seem to deal with the elements of winter.... every season is a good time to market a home....

Jan 07, 2016 09:51 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

and welcome to's a great place to learn, share, market and network....and I hope you enjoy all of it as much as I have over the past 6 years....

Jan 07, 2016 09:52 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Welcome to Active Rain!  As REALTORS who have been here for more than 9 years, it's well worth it!


Jan 08, 2016 12:44 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi .  Usually life determines when to sell... not mother nature.  LOL  Nice blog post.  I'll look forward to seeing more from you.

Welcome to Active Rain blogging.  It is an extremely valuable platform to connect with other agents and potential clients.  I recommend you check out the "Resources" section and click on "Getting Started".

Jan 08, 2016 12:54 AM
Mery Fernandez Empire Network Realty Luxury Brokerage
Empire Network Realty INC. - Orlando, FL
The Rise of An Empire, Let's Build Yours!

Hi Diane! Welcome to the world of Activerain, may your blogging  create a whole new chapter in your Real Estate Career.

Jan 08, 2016 02:43 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Welcome to active rain. Great post.

Jan 08, 2016 04:34 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Diane, love this, and have to agree totally!   We are snowing AGAIN today, only 25, and has been for the last couple of months.  We have little inventory for buyers to view with many qualified buyers looking for a home.

Jan 08, 2016 06:13 AM
LuxurySoCalRealty San Diego
Compass - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Partner - The Private Client Network

Congratulations on your first blog post Diane Beck.  Welcome to Active Rain.  Wishing you a successful 2016


Jan 09, 2016 06:12 AM
Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
Re/Max Real Estate Center - The Thacker Group - Louisville, KY
Your best friend who just happens to be a Realtor

Good morning Diane Beck ! Great post, and very helpful for your sellers I am sure.

Congrats on your first blog post. Also, welcome to Active Rain.

Have a great 2016!

Michael Thacker - Louisville Realtor

Jan 09, 2016 07:47 PM
Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311

Good morning- yes list as soon as possible- a good house will sell if priced according ly.  And in the weather that you discuss there will not be a lot of tire kickers!

Jan 09, 2016 11:31 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Try to time the market? You must be kidding........

Jan 10, 2016 12:44 AM
Dana Hollish Hill
Hollish Hill Group, JPAR Stellar Living - Bethesda, MD
REALTOR * Broker * Coach

Great points. Welcome to Active Rain! As you said, there is no time like the present.

Jan 10, 2016 12:05 PM
Diane Beck
Windermere Real Estate - Missoula, MT
Serving Missoula and Surrounding Areas 24+ Years

Thanks everyone!!  We are excited to be part of the Active Rain community and learn and grow in our business this year. 

Jan 11, 2016 04:51 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

I invite you to head over to the "2016 Blog JUMPSTART Challenge-Grow Your Personal Best for YOUR Success" where you can learn what to do and how to do it in the 'Rain!

Jan 11, 2016 11:39 PM