Why the Holidays Are a Good Time to Sell a House
There are several reasons why selling your house during the holidays is a great idea: the competition is less intense, buyers are motivated and have time to shop, and it’s the perfect opportunity to stage your home for maximum emotional appeal.
Since some homeowners don’t want the inconvenience or falsely think they should wait to list their property, sellers face less competition during the holidays. Your home will be even more appealing to buyers when there are fewer listings to compare it with. This is especially helpful if your home is in a less-than-desirable location or needs some minor upgrades. In addition, home prices peak when demand exceeds supply.
Though the number of homes listed for sale decreases during the holidays, buyers are out there year around! Many companies relocate workers during the holidays so they can start off the new year with a fresh team. Also, for people up north, the holidays come with plenty of cold weather, snow and ice. Chances are, as the cold settles in, some northerners want out! Your nice, warm Florida home will have them dreaming of a sandy Christmas.
Other potential buyers are those who crowd together with large families during the holidays and then add “a bigger home” to their winter wish-list. They may be eager to get into a home—fast. In addition, buyers who have vacation time during the holidays have more time and flexible schedules to shop and look at homes.
Finally, we know that Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year are nostalgic holidays that stir up memories of family gatherings, parties, and meals. They create a longing for family and home. What a perfect time to list your home for sale and stage it with subtle touches of red and the smell of pumpkin spice. Cozy and welcoming! Freshly baked sugar cookies on the kitchen counter? Ho-ho-sold!