Traditionally the winter time is not seen as the best time of year to sell your home. That isn’t as true as it used to be, today we live in a digital age and the internet is open 24/7 allowing people to look for their perfect home any time that they want to. If you are thinking of selling or you have to sell because of a job move there are some perks to selling in the wintertime.
Buyers are More Serious
If a buyer braves a polar vortex to come and look at your home during an open house then they are definitely serious about buying a home and they aren’t just there for the free cookies. Everybody checks out open houses during the spring and summer but December and January are about the real buyers. This is better for you as Mother Nature has weeded out those who aren’t really looking for a home.
The Internet is Always Open for Business
Today most people shop for homes on the web rather than contacting an agent to show them around to houses. Sites like Realtor.com or Zillow make is so much easier for buyer’s to shop around the local market and check out the houses that are available. Something like 42% of all buyers shop the web before ever having a conversation with an agent. If you are a seller then you also need to recognize the need to have your home properly listed across the web so that a potential buyer sees your home.
Less Inventory on the Market
We have already established that buyers during this time of year are generally serious about finding a house. On the plus side for you is that there are fewer people selling houses. Less demand means a better price for your home. Often houses that are listed in the wintertime close quickly and aren’t on the market for months at a time.
Yes this time of year is busy, it’s busy for everyone but so what. Moving is always stressful no matter when you do it, but you just have to struggle through it. First work with a realtor so that showing and offers and most of the real estate tasks can be handled by them and not you. Focus on doing what you need to do, break down your to do list into manageable chunks, you would be surprised at just what you can accomplish when you have to get it done.