The majority of home sellers resist putting their home on the market during the holidays. The list of reasons is many, but among the most popular excuses is the fact that they are busy and will be having guests. However, if you’re serious about selling your home and you want to get an edge up on the competition, you may want to reconsider. Here is a list of the reasons why:
- Reduced Competition
As previously mentioned, most people do not want to list their homes during the holidays. In fact, most people simply refuse to do so. For the small number of homeowners who decide to bite the bullet, the reward can be significant. Fewer homes on the market always works in favor of the seller. “The early bird gets the worm.” If you know you are planning to sell your home after the holidays, why wait? It’s a good idea to seriously consider moving forward as soon as possible, even during the holidays.
- Only Serious Buyers are Looking during the Holidays!
While most are busy shopping, cooking, decorating, and socializing, there will be a number of buyers who are serious about purchasing a home during this time. No one is out “kicking tires” during this time, so if a buyer is actively looking at homes, this means they are probably ready to make an offer!
- Your Home Looks Amazing during the Holidays!
You spend a lot of time decorating and preparing for the holidays. Your home is a show place that you want to share with family and friends. It’s warm and cozy. It’s inviting, and it smells fabulous! Why not take advantage of this, and list your home when it’s actually all dressed up for an open house? Decorate the exterior as well. Just don’t overdo it!
- Buyers Make Decisions Based on their Emotions.
While sellers employ logic and reason, buyers tend to make decisions based on their emotions. What better time of year, to play on that, than the holidays? The cozy, inviting atmosphere you’ve created in your home enables the buyer to see what the holidays will look like in their future home.
So, if you’re planning to put your home on the market as soon as the holidays come screeching to a halt, rethink your decision. Your willingness to take on a little extra during one of the busiest times of year could really pay off!
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