Most of the people I know think that the holidays are a really bad time to try and sell their home.  At first glance, I can understand why they might think that, but I have a sold a house on each and every major (and minor) holiday that a calendar year has to offer!

Let's face it, we are busier than we used to be, and during holidays we all need more than 24 hours in a day!  But stop and think about people that are house hunting through the holidays.  Most of them are pretty motivated to find a home.  Some of them have more time off for house hunting around a holiday.  In general I tell sellers that while the quantity of showings may be lower, the quality skyrockets!  That means fewer interruptions, and motivated buyers for most sellers!

1.  Less Competition.  Many of the competing listings will pull off the market.  

2.  Serious Buyers.  If someone is out looking in houses in 20 degree weather, they really need a house!  

3.  Better Odds.  This time of year, you will usually see a much higher ratio of Listings Sold to New Listings.

4.  Even Better Odds.  You will also see a higher List Price to Sold Price Ratio, thanks to less competition.

5.  Seller Control.  You can always limit showings around personal family events.

6.  Looking Good.  Most homes are prettier when they are decorated for the holidays.  Since buying has a   emotional component, your home will be more appealing to buyers.

7.  Transferees!  Corporate transferees, who need to buy a home now, can't wait for the Spring market.  January is a big month for companies moving people, and you need to be on the market to capture that buyer!

 

Selling your home any time of year has its hassles, for sure.  But, I've moved in the dead of winter several times and lived to tell of it.  Not only that, but I am sure I sold faster and higher with fewer homes competing for my buyer!!  Often, the closing can be scheduled down the road, a little closer to warm weather...I once sold my house with a 4 month closing and had plenty of time to shop for my new home as all those new spring listings entered the market.