Why Wait for Spring to Sell Your Bristow, VA Home?

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Why Wait for Spring to Sell Your Bristow, VA Home?

As we near the end of yet another August in Bristow, VA, I see many home owners that had attempted to sell their homes pulling them off the market to "wait for spring."  Many of these sellers missed the early spring market, which really happened early on in 2016.  Maybe they waited until June when school was going to be out, thinking this is is when families are looking to move.

The reality is that summer is not necessarily as busy with buyers as spring is, and there is no shortage of sellers trying to capitalize on them.  All is not lost though.  Fall is just around the corner.  And here is what happens in our year end Bristow, VA real estate market:

1.  As was already stated, a lot of sellers pull their homes from the market and wait until next spring.  That means there is less competition.

2.  Buyers, many employed directly or indirectly, by the Federal government, will be seeing pay increases with the coming of the fiscal year for the Feds on October 1st.

3.  Some buyers will be transferring to our area as a result of new jobs created in the budget, and need to shop for a home in the fall.

4.  And last, but certainly not least, the "Home for the Holidays" bug will infect many buyers that have made the emotionally charged decision that now is the the time to find their next home.

Don't let the end of summer blues stop your plans to sell.  The year end Bristow real estate market is not the time to go into hibernation.  Agents like me know the power of the fall and winter markets in Bristow, VA.  Call me and we'll start with a free market analysis of your home's value and go from there.  



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Anna Banana Kruchten - Phoenix Homes Sales
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Chris Ann since we have a year round market I never have given much thought as to why sellers would think it's best to wait until next year to list - you make very good points. So many home buyers want to be in their new or 1st home before the holidays. Now is the perfect time to make that dream come true!

Aug 21, 2016 08:11 AM #1
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

All excellent points as to why it is not necessarily best to wait until the spring market is upon us...and yes, sometimes that spring market starts in February and ends long before spring is sprung.

Aug 21, 2016 09:40 AM #2
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Chris Ann, I wish we were a year-round area but, like you, the market slows here during the late summer and mid- to late-winter.  The problem is, we have buyers who relocate during that time (especially with the banks, who announce transfers in November) and there just are so few homes on the market here during that time!

Aug 22, 2016 12:30 PM #3
Janna Scharf
Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert

There are so many reasons have your home on the market in the fall!  The past two years I had waterfront vacation listings that were unsold as Labor Day approached.  Sellers wanted to take them off the market for the winter because no one is out on the water in the winter, and snow sometimes makes access a challenge.  Then there is security issues, etc.  I overcame their objections by reminding them that I get an alert any time someone opens my lockbox, and after every showing I would go make sure the home is secured.  If it was snowed in, then so be it, they would have to wait for a plow or a thaw to go see it.  Both owners agreed to keep their housea on the market, but wereconvinced there was no point.  Both sold, one in November and one in February.  The one in February required my sweet husband to do some serious digging out of the snow for the inspection, but we got it done!  Because, everybody else takes their waterfront homes off the market in the winter and there is no competition!

Aug 27, 2016 02:09 AM #4
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Chris Ann Cleland

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