Monday, November 25, 2019 / by Natasha McNealy
It is commonly known that springtime is the busiest time in real estate. It’s an ideal time to move and there are plenty of options on the market for buyers to choose from. However, as a seller, there are very good reasons why selling your home during the holiday season may be better for you.
Buyers are more serious. If a buyer is on the hunt for a house during the holidays, they are no doubt going to be serious about buying your home. Spending their time going to open houses around Thanksgiving and Christmas is them using their precious time to find a home and a clear plan to buy. Fortunately for the seller, this can mean a quicker sales time and fewer days on the market.
Less inventory. If your home is listed around the holidays, chances are there is not a lot of competition around it. Since there is less competition, you can have a higher asking price and potentially sell quicker than if you were to list in the springtime. Sellers often have more say and command during the holiday months than they would any other time of the year.
You can make your home look cozy. Listing photos and open houses are absolutely crucial if you want your home to sell. Being able to pull out homey and cozy decor, a seasonal smelling candle, home-baked desserts in the oven, or even have the fireplace roaring can really persuade buyers just based off of the vibes and feelings alone that they may perceive during this time of the year.
Neighborhood decorations. Due to the holiday season, the glow of string lights and pretty decorations can really make your neighborhood look more appealing than it does in the wet and dull-looking spring months. It adds an extra boost to the look of your community and may influence buyers.
Job transfers. For those that are transferred to a different location because of work, often do so at the end of the year. These types of buyers will need a house as soon as possible, giving sellers more power because of the low inventory to choose from. This is a common thing around our area, especially since Boise is on the rise in job markets - many people are relocating to our wonderful city!