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Why Are You Waiting for the New Year’s Rush to Sell Your Home?

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Why Are You Waiting for the New Year’s Rush to Sell Your Home?


Are you waiting for the New Year to begin the home-selling process? Like many other things on our “To Do” list, we set our I’ll do it goal for after the first of the year. 


But why? Why wait and get caught up in the frenzy of the New Year?


As a Home Stager, I worked with sellers who waited until after the holidays and then felt the pressure and stress of knowing they needed to work quickly. 


What can you do now that won’t interfere with enjoying the holidays?

Hire the right agent.

If you haven’t chosen an agent yet, this is a critical step.  The right agent, one who is knowledgeable about your local market and who will put your best interests first, can make the process a smooth one.


 Begin with the easy stuff.

Why not begin the New Year without the things that are weighing you down?  Edit what you no longer use or need.


Make time during the holidays to go through your clothing and household items. Take one room at a time so that you don’t get overwhelmed.



Address the repairs that you’ve been putting off.

Service companies get booked after the holidays. Now is the time to line up vendors, contractors, and repair services to assist you in your preparation.  Waiting until the New Year may put you in a long line with others who are ready to sell their home. 


Ask your local home stager for a consultation. 

Get suggestions for paint colors, what to update, what to pack, and how to best showcase your home. 


Ready to sell?  What are you waiting for? 

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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Kathy, Terrific advice for accelerating the home selling process. I agree that the holiday season can often be a major deterrent, but another significant reason people delay buying could be the uncertainty in the current real estate market.

Dec 14, 2023 07:44 AM
Kathy Streib

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 unless someone has to move, many will wait for the reasons you mentioned. 

Dec 14, 2023 05:22 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy and great information and I just wrote on a new built for my clients because builders lower prices this past week.

Dec 14, 2023 09:11 AM
Kathy Streib

Will Hamm good for you!!!! Congrats!

Dec 14, 2023 05:22 PM
Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

That's a very good question and some wonderful tips for getting a house prepared to sell once the seller has decided to stop procrastinating.  I will say that in all the years I'm been selling real estate I have never had a seller to have a home staged.  It's not because I don't think it's worthwhile because I absolutely do.  But one reason is that I've never quite been sure how to broach the subject. I don't know any home stagers and I don't know how the process begins (including every stage from bringing up the subject, stager viewing the property and meeting the seller, discussion of process and cost.  Any tips Kathy Streib? Or better yet, redirect me to a blog post that you've written or perhaps one that needs updating by way of a new post.

Dec 14, 2023 11:44 AM
Kathy Streib

Charita Cadenhead it's hard to discuss this with sellers although since I began in 2007, more agents and sellers are aware of staging and what it can do. I'll go through some older posts for you!!! Thank you for the great idea. 

Dec 14, 2023 05:24 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

We sold one of our homes during the Christmas season and it wasn't a problem at all. I wouldn't wait for the new year....sell when it is the best time for YOU!

Dec 14, 2023 12:24 PM
Kathy Streib

I agree Sharon Tara If you're ready to sell, then do it! You can't game the rates and if you need maintenance or updates, then stand in line after the first of the year. 

Dec 14, 2023 05:34 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

You make a good point, Kathy.  I often remind folks that I bought my own home, late on a Christmas Eve night.

Dec 14, 2023 05:01 PM
Kathy Streib

Myrl Jeffcoat there you go!!! It can be done!!! We bought one of our homes on Easter Sunday!!!

Dec 14, 2023 05:35 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Dec 14, 2023 05:02 PM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Myrl Jeffcoat 

Dec 14, 2023 05:35 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

I started the process months ago and have a year to complete it before I move from my home state, California.  There is always more to do than we realize and it takes longer to get things done than we think.  That is what I tell my seller clients.  They all underestimate the task of preparing a home to sell Kathy Streib 

Dec 14, 2023 07:02 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

It's funny you asked that question, Kathy. Two potential sellers recently told me they are waiting until next year. Am excited about spring selling season, suddenly!

Dec 14, 2023 07:10 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy Streib  loved your post hope some of the sellers who are sitting on the fence are reading your post, Endre

Dec 14, 2023 10:20 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Your words are spot on!  When someone is ready to sell their home, they should not wait, they should get the ball rolling as soon as possible!

Dec 15, 2023 04:34 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy,

A great title as if you are a seller that wants to sell than what are you waiting for! I have 2 listing appointments coming up....they just didn't want to list during Christmas. They have company coming in and too much going on but want to go on the market after the first of the year!

Dec 15, 2023 07:39 AM
Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Kathy Streib I'll try to scroll through some of your older posts as well. Thanks,

Dec 15, 2023 09:17 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

NOW is the BEST TIME to sell, Kathy, who knows what the future may bring? Congrats on being featured in BananaTude Group!

Dec 15, 2023 09:43 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy as always you provide wise advice that Sellers would do well to follow.

Dec 15, 2023 05:48 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Excellent advice, Kathy... in my experience most people won't take it... they will wait till after New Year to start doing this. :(

Dec 16, 2023 07:51 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

 Hi Kathy Streib - This is excellent advice for sellers.  Serious sellers may want to wait until after the Holidays to list their home for sale.  But, they will start getting things in order.  During the last 3 years homes were moving during most months.  In Sedona, home selling really slows down in December and early January.   Three of my listings are temporarily off-market until Spring.  I have two new listings.  One has had no showings at all.  I really think it is because of the holidays.  The other is horse property and has had 4 showings.  

Serious buyers are still looking.  The holidays don't stop them. 

Dec 16, 2023 01:33 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker
Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.
Dec 17, 2023 04:38 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

This is such good information for those who are serious about selling their homes. You can't delay getting prepared just because of the holidays if you are coming on the market or will be soon.


Dec 18, 2023 04:59 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I have observed over the years that real estate activity for both buyers and sellers ramps up about when the Super Bowl is over. Many buyers and sellers take the Holiday Season off. Sellers don't want to be bothered by stranger tramping through their festive homes. Buyers are busy buying Holiday stuff. Then, after the dust settles post Holidays, they jump back into the real estate market.

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