As mentioned last week in our blog on why you shouldn’t buy during the holidays, we mentioned that the real estate market starts to slow down at the end of the year. This is true. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell during the holidays, many people think it’s a bad idea. There are a lot of concerns with selling a home over the holidays. A lot are valid, yet there are some advantages that you may not realize.
Concern: Staging your Home
Whenever you sell you home, you want it to look it’s best. You want it to look clean and decluttered and depersonalized. How are you supposed to do this during the holidays? What about holiday decorations?
Advantage: Staging your Home
You have a theme for staging your home. You do want to have it decorated (it brings some holiday cheer to your potential buyers), but you don’t want to bring out the entire closet of Christmas decorations. Bring out a few items that can help your home look cozy and festive, while keeping it neutral. If you typically decorate out of need instead of fun, the best part is you don’t have to spend days putting the decorations up and taking them down after the holidays. Just go simple this year.
Want another advantage to having your home on the market during the holidays? It will always look clean and amazing for your holiday guests! Since you’re trying to keep it looking it’s best for potential buyers, you can wow your house guests too throughout the holiday season.
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Concern: Dealing with Buyers and Other Real Estate “People” During the Holidays
Whether you’re trying to schedule a showing with your Realtor, or an inspector needs to come check out your home, some people don’t want to have to deal with them during this time of year. This is totally understandable, but it may not be quite as bad as you think.
Advantage: Dealing with Buyers and Other Real Estate “People” During the Holidays
Because the real estate market does slow down during the holiday season, realtors, inspectors, appraisers, and other professionals in the real estate industry have more time. They can work with your schedule. Although they don’t have all the time in the world to spend on just your listing, they do have more flexible schedules now than they will in a few months.
Concern: Not as Many Buyers
Because the market slows down during the holidays, there are less buyers out looking for homes. This means less people to see your home and potentially less offers.
Advantage: Not as Many Buyers
Remember Concern #2? Because there are less buyers out looking, you won’t have to schedule quite so many showings during your busy holiday schedule. Although this means less eyes on your home, it doesn’t mean there won’t be any offers. In fact, buyers out shopping during the holidays, tend to be more serious about finding a home. Although you may not get as many offers, you’ll likely get a good one from someone ready to get the deal finished ASAP.
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