"Wait till after the Holidays"

By
Real Estate Agent with K.Ann Outten

I keep getting,"We're going to wait till after the Holidays to list the home"  I am in FL so snow is not the issue.  My thought, the home always looks so nice, smells great, and feels like home.  Any other suggestions for educating our clients as to the "Best time to List is NOW!"

Comments (9)

Chip Jefferson
Gibbs Realty and Auction Company - Columbia, SC

I think most people dont want to deal with the added pressure of keeping the home ready to show during the holidays. But you have a great rebuttal as well.

Dec 14, 2008 09:48 PM
Retired Notworking
Tallahassee, FL

See if you can get them to sign the listng agreement now with the understanding that it doesn't go on the market until a specified date after the holidays. That will give you plenty of time to get everything ready and allow them time to enjoy the holidays without added stress.

Dec 14, 2008 09:55 PM
Richard Shuman
The Only B.S. I Have is from the University of Massachusetts - Lake Mary, FL
Real Estate Broker - Orlando Area - Love Referrals

They should know that there will be a flood of new homes going on the market in January as well as a new round of foreclosures? Less inventory means a better chance someone will buy their home!

Dec 14, 2008 10:06 PM
Anne Hensel
South Beaches Real Estate Professionals - Saint Petersburg, FL
Realtor - Broker - St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island

The inventory will go up beginning of the year and my argument always is

Advertising and marketing your property takes a little time and it will not happen over night. So, if you want buyer in a month from today, we need to list NOW

Dec 14, 2008 10:29 PM
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA
FrankRubiRealEstate.com

K Ann, this is normal (23 years) my slow time for the reasons you point out. we can not list a property and hold for two weeks in LA. I would suggest the declutter process and prepare the seller for selling. Buyers - get them prequalify and show subdivision, lay your ground work if they want to wait. Merry Christmas.

Dec 14, 2008 10:34 PM
Charles McDonald®
Charlottesville Solutions - Charlottesville, VA
REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner

List it now. The Buyers that are looking during the holidays are serious!!! IMO

Merry Christmas!

Charlottesville Santa

your friend in Charlottesville

Dec 14, 2008 10:52 PM
TheMillsTeam YourSebringRealtors
Advantage Realty #1 - Sebring, FL
863-212-5441

I imagine that most people want to have their homes to themselves with Christmas approaching. Many sellers might have extended family visit and stay for a few days.

Foreclosures will spike again in January, which means more inventory on the market. In my MLS, the best sales season is March and April. That's when most of the snowbirds decide they want to stay. There will be more motorhomes and trailers for sale as well.

Dec 14, 2008 10:57 PM
Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
Vice-President of National Production

It'll be interesting to see what will happen....I was told to wait until march to list mine.  we'll see.

Dec 14, 2008 11:12 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

This is a great time to list because most sellers will tell you to wait until after the holidays or in the Spring. Fewer houses are now on the market compared to the first of next year. Good luck!

Dec 14, 2008 11:56 PM