If you're thinking to yourself, "The holidays are a terrible time to sell my home," think again!
Conventional wisdom states that selling a home in the winter months is a bad decision, but that can be far from the truth
First of all, there is less competition in the winter months and during the holidays. Most people know that the spring and summer are the most popular times to sell a home, but there's also more competition during that time of year. More competition also gives reasons for potential buyers to be picky and take their time.
Buyer demand is strong right now as well. The latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyers are ready, willing and able to purchase.
You can also take advantage of more flexible schedules during the holidays. This time of year typically brings more "downtime" at work for a lot of people. Most Americans take the majority of their vacation during this time of year as well. With shorter daylight hours, this can also allow more time for buyers to shop.
If you're considering selling, you can use this "downtime" to complete some of those much needed upgrades you've been putting off during busier times of the year.
You can also leverage that Holiday Spirit that this time of year brings out in people. People buy on emotion, and back it up with logic. Emotions are just more "cheerful" during the holidays. Also, buyers who look at homes decorated for Christmas can see themselves celebrating the holidays in what might be THEIR new home!
A year year also can mean new jobs for many people. Many business are setting up their new teams and offering new positions. If there's one sector that's highly motivated to buy, it's the person or family who's relocating due to a new job. If you have your ducks in a row and you're ready to move, tapping into this segment of buyers can be lucrative.
Finally, it's time to move on with your life! Look at the reason you decided to sell in the first place and determine whether it is worth waiting. Is money more important than being with family? Is money more important than your health? Is money more important than having the freedom to go on with your life the way you think it should?
Only you know the answers to the questions above. Perhaps it IS time for you to go ahead and list your home this holiday season.
If you're looking to list your home, contact a trusted local Realtor and start the process TODAY!