Reasons to List Your Home During the Holiday Season
- There is less competition for many buyers. Many sellers erroneously believe listing in the spring is better, so buyers in the winter months have far fewer homes to choose from.
- Winter prospects are usually very serious buyers. Winter buyers are generally buying because they need to move as opposed to wanting to move.
- Most homes look their best during the holidays. Buyers make emotional decisions when choosing to buy a house. Seasonal decorations, cozy fireplaces, and good smells are very effective.
- One of the highest percentages of Listings Sold to Listings Taken occurs during the holiday season. Statistics show that housing sales usually remain steady in the winter months, while the number of new homes entering the market decreases, creating a seller's market.
- You may receive a higher price for your home. With less competition, homes sold during the holidays tend to sell for higher prices in less time.
- You can restrict showings during the holidays. Don’t worry about scheduling showings around family. Buyers understand they need to be flexible during the holiday season.
- Buyers have more time to look at houses. School is out and many businesses close extra days around Christmas and New Year’s weeks.
- You can sell now and delay the closing, or even extend occupancy into the next year when moving is more convenient. Buyers taking advantage of holiday lime off to search for a house may not need to move until Spring, giving you plenty of time to find your new home and plan a convenient move.
- When you sell your home during the winter, you are in a position to buy in the spring when there are more homes on the market. If you can wait until spring for your new home, you will have many more homes to choose from and the advantage of negotiating without a contingency on the sale of your existing house.
- There may be fewer showings during the winter but more qualified and motivated. It's all about quality over quantity when it comes to winter buyers. You should expect fewer showings, but be prepared for quick offers from serious buyers.
- Corporate transferees usually can't wait until spring to buy a house. Corporations like to move their employees at the first of the year, giving transferees a deadline to negotiate a house purchase in their new location.