Should You List Your Home During the Holiday Season?

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Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty, LLC 383205

 

Wondering if you should sell your home during the holidays? While putting your home on the market between holiday celebrations, school vacations, forced family fun, baking, shopping, gift giving might seem like miserable timing, since many buyers may not want to move their furniture and belongs during the holidays, but sellers could actually benefit by using this time strategically to show and possibly even sell their house.

Many home sellers take a hiatus until the New Year—and that could mean that your house may suddenly become a hot commodity. Plus, if buyers are truly squeezing in home showings between shopping trips and holiday activities, you know they must be serious.

So, if you’re ready to put up a “For Sale” sign under the cheery glow of your holiday lights, go right ahead! Here’s 5 tips on how to sell your home during the holidays.

  1. Deck Your Halls

Buyers want to picture themselves living in your home, so evoking some holiday spirit as you stage your house for showing is a great way to do that. A little mistletoe will likely help than hurt. You should be festive and decorate AFTER listing photos have been taken.  The holidays are a time your home looks the best, so it will show better and likely net more.  But don’t go overboard. You may normally have Buddy the Elf help you decorate, but less is more when your home is on the market during the holiday season.

  1. Holiday Lights

Many families have the holiday tradition of driving around neighborhoods looking at Holiday Lights.  They will see a For Sale sign in your yard which may spark interest.  More traffic around your neighborhood, the more exposure your property will get.  Make sure to have your front yard looking clean and manicured.  

 

  1. Throw a Holiday Party

You may have a to-do list a mile long but consider making time to host a holiday party such as cookie decorating, tacky sweater party or Christmas cheer wine tasting. This can be a great way to showcase your home to family, friends, and neighbors.  Chances are at least one person at your party may be looking for a new home or know someone who is in the market to buy.

 

  1. Give The Gift of Time

Give a bit more time than you might if you were selling at a different, less frantic time of year.  It’s best you be prepared to be flexible with showings even when it’s not convenient for you, as not everyone celebrates the same holidays as you.

 

  1. Price It To Sell

Don’t overshoot with your asking price. Buyers who have the luxury of waiting until Spring to purchase will overlook your home if the price seems too high. You need to be realistic about current market expectations and current interest rates. The Bly Team eXp Realty can help you set a price that’s fair for you home and your neighborhood based on comps.

 

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Deborah Bly Selling homes in League City TX

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The Bly Team, eXp Realty 

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 League City, TX 77573

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Comments (3)

Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Welcome to the Rain. Enjoyed your blog page, and I added you as a friend. I would love the follow back. Bill

Nov 29, 2022 10:42 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Deborah Bly in my opinion the Holidays are a great time to put a house on the market.

Nov 29, 2022 01:42 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker
Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.
Nov 30, 2022 04:41 AM