So you’ve made the decision.
It’s time to sell your home. It’s too small given the size of your family. Or maybe it’s too large, because the family is grown and out on their own.
But, you’re looking at the calendar and thinking this may not be the best time. The holidays are coming. There isn’t that much interest this time of year. Maybe you’d be better off waiting until 2019.
Actually, the holidays are a great time to market your home!
First of all — and let’s be honest — our houses look the best during the holiday season. Our decorations emphasize the positive aspects of our homes. Because family and friends will be visiting, we even take care of little imperfections, like the leaky bathroom faucet and the trim in the guest bedroom that needs to be touched up.
All contribute to making your house more inviting to potential buyers.
People looking to be settled in their new homes after the first of the year are searching now. They, too, will have concerns about moving during the holiday season and should be flexible with closing dates, etc.
Another reason why this time of year is great for marketing your home is that the weather is generally still decent making Open Houses and Realtor tours viable options for your agent’s marketing plan. After January 1, snow can hide some of your home’s attractive outside features.
Finally, there is less competition during the final months of the year, as many homeowners will believe that it’s better to wait. Buyers are serious, so you’ll be in a great position, since inventory will be lower.
If you have questions about selling or buying during the holidays, please contact us via the comment section or calling 508-568-8191. We’d be happy to meet with you to discuss your options.
Thinking of buying a home? Here are a few terms you should be familiar with…
Appraisal – a professional analysis used to validate the value of the home. This is a necessary step to secure financing from a lender.
Pre-Approval Letter – a letter from a lender indicating that you qualify for a mortgage of a specific amount.
Mortgage Rate – the interest rate you pay to borrow money to buy your house.
Tomorrow (Wednesday) is Halloween. For some of us, the little trick or treaters will be out as we’re driving home from work and streets are getting darker.
Please be careful, especially on side roads. You never know when a little goblin will appear!
Enjoy your week…
Mari and Hank