Just because it is Winter does not mean that the listing of your home has to end for the season. The holiday season can be interpreted as a "weed-out" season for the less committed listings and potential buyers, while real estate opportunities are on the market for the discerning buyers and sellers.
Selling Homes During The Holidays ... Or Not
As the pumpkins and cornstalks give way to pine cones and mistletoe, you might be tempted to take your home off the market - particularly if you’ve already endured a long and fruitless summer buying season. But think twice before you take that step, because selling during the holidays - while tricky - can have some advantages, if you do it right.
First off, if you’re planning on having a number of holiday entertaining events at your home, or it’s an absolute must that you participate in your neighborhood’s extreme-decorating-extravaganza, this might not be the best time to sell. Rather than trying to squeeze in showings between parties or risk blinding prospective buyers with your light show, just temporarily de-list your home and put it back on the market once the holiday season has settled down.
But, if you have some scheduling flexibility this time of year and can follow some modest decorating guidelines, consider keeping your home listed during the holidays.
You’ll generally have less competition, which gives you a chance to stand out from the crowd. You’ll have the end of the year working in your favor, too, as buyers seek to take advantage of any tax incentives by December 31.
And, generally speaking, people don’t go shopping for houses during the holidays unless they’re really serious, which means you’ll have more motivated buyers coming through. To make the most of this time, though, you’ll want to make your home as warm, appealing and inviting as possible. Read more>
Don't Put Your Home's Curb Appeal on Ice this Winter
Attracting would-be home buyers can be relatively easy in warmer months. But throw in some cold weather, snow and an early sunset and it may seem discouraging to think that prospects will ring your doorbell.
If you’re trying to sell your home and think that it’s impossible to do so in the winter, defrost that notion now. It’s important to use the change of seasons to your advantage and increase your home’s visibility.
To ensure your home has the curb appeal it takes to slap a “sold” sign on your lawn, think high VIS…Visual Interest and Safety. Read more>
Fortunately, it is possible to create striking winter curb appeal without expensive or complicated exterior changes, says Charlene Storozuk, a home stager and designer with Dezigner Digz in Burlington, Ontario—a city that averages 51 inches of snow per year. It just requires a little creativity. Read more>
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