Recently I shared some good reasons to buy a home at year end. Today, I want to share why it is good to list your home for sale during November and December.
Three years ago, we sold our home in November after listing it with Nikki Bonds. She is a successful realtor with some good reasons to list your home during the holidays. See if you’re convinced!
First, people who look for a home during the holidays are more serious buyers. Since there are fewer houses to choose from now and less competition, that means more money for you.
Second, houses often show better when decorated for the holidays. Serious buyers are more emotional during the holidays and more likely to pay your price.
Buyers have more time to look for a home during the holidays and some people must buy before year-end for tax reasons.
Nikki reminds us that January is traditionally the month for employees to begin new jobs. Since transferees cannot wait until spring to buy, your home should be on the market now to capture those who need to transfer. Your home can still be listed for sale, but restrict showings to days convenient for you.
You can sell now and negotiate a delayed closing or extended occupancy until early next year. In addition, you may have an opportunity to be a non-contingent buyer during the spring when more houses are on the market. This will allow you to sell high and buy low.
Some predict mortgage rates will continue to rise. If so, there are buyers who want to settle in soon. So, how can you make your home sellable?
- The exterior of your home must be tidy and inviting. Clean and declutter inside. Work as unto the Lord! It will be worth your time!
- Christmas decorations can be beautiful if not overdone. Skip the inflatables – some people find them tacky.
- Simmer some cider on the stove, bake some cookies and create a warm, inviting ambience.
- Pray for God to bring you a buyer. And enjoy the season with a grateful, contented heart.
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