BY KYLE SHULTS
The holidays have arrived and so has the time of year when home sellers wonder whether they should keep their properties on the market or take them off. The idea of listing a home during the holidays can be daunting but it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few reasons why homeowners should consider listing their homes this winter:
Less Inventory. For many homeowners, selling their home during the winter holidays seems like too much work and many will either take their home off the market or wait until the warmer months to list. This creates an inventory shortage, which is good news for a seller. Since there are limited choices for buyers, the homeowner could have a higher asking price.
Control Your Showings. Homeowners do not need to let their homes be constantly available for showings. Let your real estate agent know if there are certain days/times that won’t work for your schedule. You can have blackout dates where there are no showings, or create a daily schedule outlining when potential buyers can come through the home.
Staging. Staging your home during winter can be easy as most people decorate for the holidays. Just don’t overdo it, as décor that is too large or over-the-top can distract buyers. Using general fall and winter decorations rather than using religious themes is recommended to keep from offending potential buyers.
Motivated Buyers. People hunting for homes during the holidays often have a reason for doing so, meaning that they are more motivated buyers. Most buyers who aren’t incredibly motivated will put off a home search during the holidays and pick things up again in the spring.
Finally, the most important thing that you can do is hire a REALTOR® affiliated with the National Association of REALTORS®. Realtors have real insights and unparalleled knowledge of your local market and can help you sell your home this winter so that you and your family can get back to celebrating the holidays.
Williamson County Association of REALTORS® would like to wish you a happy and safe holiday season.
Visit wcartn.org for marketing statistics in your area or realtor.com for more information about selling or buying a home.