Thursday, November 17, 2011

Selling in Winter

Dian Hymer raised some interesting questions today in the article, Top reasons to sell home in winter.
We're getting close to the end of the year, which begs the question of whether it's worthwhile trying to sell your home now. Is it a waste of time? Will it sit on the market and become shopworn? Should I take my house off the market for the holidays? Will the home-sale market be better for sellers in 2012?
This is a problem sellers wrestle with annually, and each year has its unique conditions that can tip the scales between waiting and forging ahead. The current market forces would encourage a seller to take advantage of the winter's opporunities.
Most sellers don't put their homes on the market during the last or first couple of months of the year. The inventory of homes for sale tends to dwindle during the winter months. Interest rates are low. So, if there are buyers in your local market, you may be at an advantage selling when most sellers are waiting.
But is it possible to keep a house on the market through all the holiday chaos? It can be done! Your realtor can work with you, and around your family's schedule, so that you don't have to miss out on any fun.
The market in general tends to slow down over the holidays. But rather than pull your house off the market and miss a likely prospect, change the showing procedure to require advance notice. And enjoy your holidays. A sale before year end could be a great holiday gift.
You can get a head start on the competition by getting on the market now. And as realtor.com points out, some homes are at their best during the holidays.
Although the holiday season is a hectic time to show and sell your house, there are distinct advantages to staging and showing your home during the holidays—you have a chance to show your home at its very best, adorned with warmth and cheer sure to charm.
Nothing is more inviting than a home brimming with greenery, twinkling lights and holiday decorations.
  Here are their very helpful tips for showing your home during the holidays.