During the holiday season, most people are focused on buying things. (Hopefully, you and your bank account survived Black Friday!)
And usually, it’s about cleaning up and fixing up your house and making it look nice for visiting family and friends.
So it might not sound logical, but I’m going to make an odd recommendation:
Consider selling your home during the holidays.
Here are five reasons why:
1) Someone who’s looking to buy in December is probably serious. If they’re looking during the holidays, they don’t want to waste time — and they probably know exactly what they want. This is what we call a “motivated buyer” and they are great to deal with!
2) Your home looks better during the holidays. Whether you go all-out with holiday decorations or not, even a nice wreath or some winter plants can give your home some extra curb appeal. And your neighbors will probably decorate for the holidays, making the whole neighborhood look attractive.
3) Homebuyers can get a last-minute tax break. Just before the year ends, someone who buys a home can take advantage of homebuyer tax credits — and benefit when they file their 2012 taxes in a few months. For more tax information, visit the IRS site.
4) Time off from work means time to house-hunt. Between holidays and vacation time, potential homebuyers can go house-shopping on weekdays when they would normally be at work.
5) The housing market will be busier in January. Lots of homes go on the market in January because people are busy with the holidays and “waiting for the new year.” For those reasons, your home might sit on the market longer because there’s more choices available for house-hunters.
So if you’ve been thinking about putting your home on the market, now is actually a great time!
And if you’re looking for a friendly, honest and knowledgeable REALTOR®, contact me at 267.566.3448 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org right now!
© 2012 by Shannon Rubin.