Traditionally, home selling is done during spring and summer, but that doesn’t mean buyers aren’t still searching during the winter. There are some perks to selling before the end of the year:
There are fewer homes on the market during the winter and that also means less inventory. Other sellers will be listing their similar properties in the spring and buyers might not see your home amidst the competition.
When homebuyers are searching for a property this time of year, it could be because of a time crunch, such as a new job, tax purposes, or trying to buy before the new mortgage rules come into effect on January 1, 2018.
Whatever their reason is, being flexible on your end can make the process easier, such as accommodating last minute viewings or making sure there are great pictures online for them to see your home. Read our blog Does Your Home Stand Out Online for tips.
The holidays can be a busy time of year, but there’s also a lot of free time such as shortened work hours, which opens up the availability for viewings.
This free time can also mean you have more time for upgrades, such as a bathroom or kitchen renovation. We have some tips for improving your home on our blog, Is Your Home Compelling.
It’s Already Decorated
Since you’re decorating your home for the holidays, it already looks beautiful. Holiday decorations can also add to the emotional tie a homebuyer may feel during a viewing as they can picture themselves celebrating the holidays in your home next year.
If you’re not sure about how to decorate, hire a home stager. The trick is to add enough tasteful decorations that homebuyers feel welcome without going overboard and making it look cluttered.
As homebuyers who are looking this time of year may be in a time crunch, you could have a quick closing. Having a backup plan of where you’re going to spend the holidays is key so you’re not caught off guard and end up spending the holidays in a hotel room.
Selling your home during the holidays can be quicker than other times of the year due to motivated buyers and less competition. If you’re looking to sell this holiday season, call José Rauda and Lisa Shaw today at (403) 329-8899 and see how our team will help you with your real estate endeavours.