Tips for Selling a Home During the Holidays
As the holiday season approaches, selling your home may be a goal to offer a fresh start to begin the new year in your next home. Practical wisdom about buying or selling a home, plus tips for selling your home during the holidays, are here from Realtor® Sam Wilson.
The winter months are a time when individuals cocoon and seem to spend more time inside rather than being constantly on the go. Fall can be a time to reflect on goals and make plans for the new year, including where to live, especially if you’ve been thinking about upsizing, downsizing, or moving to a new part of town or a different city.
1 Home Buyers and Sellers Feel Less-Rushed and Pressured During the Holidays
While real estate statistics confirm most home sales occur in the spring and summer, serious buyers don’t stop looking during the winter months or until they find a home to buy. The slower home selling season means sellers and buyers receive more attention from real estate agents, mortgage and title companies.
Sam Wilson is a knowledgeable realtor who will share houses for sale research and information about the housing market in the Denver metro area to help you choose the ideal neighborhood or location for your next home. He will also offer advice about selling during the holidays, attracting potential buyers, and improving curb appeal.
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2 First-time Homebuyers Face Less Competition During Fall and Winter
Competition during the spring or summer buying season can be a pressure-filled experience. If you are a home buyer, you may have felt the pressure to make an offer on a home sight unseen. If you visited several homes in a single day, another buyer might have placed an offer on your favorite home before you felt you had enough time to make a decision.
3 The Holidays are a Great Time to Become a Cash Buyer or a Cash Seller
First-time homebuyers often struggle to compete with cash buyers at all times of the year. However, if you are pre-approved for a mortgage loan, ask the Sam Wilson Home Selling Team about the program to turn you into a cash buyer.
Becoming a cash seller is equally advantageous for selling a home and buying your next home. These programs and others available from Sam Wilson offer peace of mind and tips for selling your home during the holidays.
4 Home Sellers Enjoy Selling with Less Hustle and Bustle
Tips for selling your home during the holidays include the opportunity to make your home warm and inviting with holiday decorations. In addition, the winter season means that families are less rushed with children returning to school, planning for spring break, graduations, or summer vacations, making this time of year a great time to sell and buy a home.
5 Winter Vacations Bring Interested Buyers from Other Locations
Depending on where in the United States you live, the winter months may bring more tourists to your area who are considering a second home. Living within one to two hours of ski resorts, the beach, desert, or mountain locations is more desirable than ever because of the opportunity employees have to work at home.
Individuals interested in second homes or persons relocating for jobs at the end of the year are non-traditional sources of buyers for your home. Talk to your realtor so that you are fully aware of all of the marketing plans available to attract local and out-of-state buyers.
6 Generic Holiday Decorations Are Best to Stage Your Home
While you may traditionally put up a Christmas tree or a Menorah, generic holiday decorations like poinsettias, colored lights, pine boughs, ribbons, and other seasonal items like baskets will make your home welcoming. If you are leaving for the day to allow home showings, leave out a basket of individually wrapped snacks and bottles of water or soda to welcome buyers’ agents touring potential home buyers.
7 Take a Little Extra Care To Plan for Open Houses
If you plan an open house during the holidays, make sure your listing agent is present to monitor neighbors and others who may be curious but not serious buyers. A word to the wise–put away holiday presents that might be valuable.
Place a rug in the entryway to allow visitors to wipe off their shoes. In addition, have a basket available and create a designated area with a small bench or chairs where visitors can sit to remove and leave their shoes. You can also purchase shoe protectors and ask your realtor to place notes in the showing file asking visitors to either remove their shoes or wear shoe protection to keep the house in tip-top condition for showings.
If you live in a part of the country where snow falls, make sure the driveway, walks, and front porch is shoveled and clear of snow and ice. Placing a wreath on the door is always a nice touch. If you have a fireplace, instruct your realtor how to operate it during the open house, including restoking wood if necessary. Soft music is also a nice touch.
If you live in a warm area, make the home welcoming by focusing on access to outdoor patios and firepits. Make the most of where you live by staging your home to show off its best features.
8 How to Buy Your Next Home Before You Sell
Selling your house during the holidays can be an easy process. Planning to list your home in mid-October or early November may mean that you can close before the holidays.
If you are concerned about having time to find a replacement home due to the market during the holidays, ask Sam Wilson about the Buy Before You Sell Program. This program offers you a way to purchase and move into your next home while ensuring your home sells during the holidays.
Having your home sold with the keys to your next home in hand can offer the perfect ending to this year and something to celebrate to bring in the New Year.
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We know that buying or selling a home is a big decision. Therefore, it’s essential to make sure you find a knowledgeable realtor to educate and support you through the real estate process.
With over twenty years of experience working with buyers and sellers in various situations, from relocations, downsizing, upsizing, probate or estate sales, foreclosures, and short sales, we’re confident we can meet your needs. We welcome the opportunity to meet you and discuss how we can help make one of the most important financial transactions of your life a smooth and enjoyable process.
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