I have lost count of how many folks have asked if it's a bad idea to try and sell a home during the holidays. If it was a bad time to sell, I would have all my Christmas shopping done, my taxes ready for my accountant, my office would be spotless and organized every December.  Sadly, that's not the case.  I've sold as much as 8 million in December, so believe me, people buy and sell  houses all year! 

Here are the benefits of selling in the last quarter of the year

1. Fewer showings but higher quality buyers.  The tire kickers and the "looky lou's" are busy with shopping and parties and decorating.  That means the people that are looking are VERY serious.  I wish I could figure out a way to make that happen year round!

2. Less competition. Those serious buyers have fewer homes to choose from.

3.  Your house looks really nice when it's decorated for the holidays.  It feels warm and homey.  That's what buyers are looking for.  Please clear a path, though...make it pretty, but don't make it crowded!

4.  It's a crazy, busy time in your life...might as well get all the craziness together at once.  Then you can pack up the decorations and enjoy the sold sign in the front yard, and breathe.

5.  Vendors are not booked 3 months in advance, so it's easier to book a painter, a cleaner, and a mover than in May or June...and you might be able to negotiate a better price.  

There is so much to stress about in life and in moving...don't add worrying about timing to that.  A good solid agent will be honest with you if there is an advantage to waiting, and be able to show how current supply and demand can affect your particular goals.