Once the Christmas presents are packed away, the tree has been taken down and the holidays are again behind us for another season, it becomes a perfect time to list your home and begin planning for your next big move.
It’s not a period that naturally comes to mind when you think about buying or selling a home. This is particularly true in an area that’s more well known for the beaches and for all the fun you can have when the sun is high in the sky and the mercury in the thermometer is indicating warm temperatures.
But you know what? Maybe early winter is the ideal time for hitting the market and seeing what happens.
According to data from the National Association of REALTORS (NAR), the period with the highest number of online real estate searches on average is actually the first month of the year. That’s right, January!
This might have something to do with New Year’s Resolutions, then again it might not. But the data is certainly there and should be taken seriously.
Sounds strange at first, but it kind of makes sense when you think about it. You’re home more because of the cold weather outside, which means you’re much more likely to get online and begin surfing the internet.
And it’s not just NAR that’s promoted this kind of data. Google also shows that January is the month that features the highest number of real estate searches annually on its platform, a number that increases around 40 percent from December.
Now here in the coastal regions of Delaware and Maryland, we don’t typically think of January as a great month for selling real estate. And to be honest, there’s nothing in the data that indicates these homes are actually being sold during the first month of the year.
But still, if people are out there searching for properties during this time, having your home listed during the early days of the new year is a great time to increase exposure and begin “planting that seed,” if you will.
Come to think of it, January may also be the perfect time to take a drive around and look at homes that are currently on the market at and near the beaches. There’s less traffic, no crowds and most of the amenities that make living in coastal Delaware such a rare find are still open and available.
So why not give it a shot and see what happens?
If you need help in listing and selling your home, or you’re in the market to make a purchase, please give us a call at the Oldfather Group of Ocean Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty.
Call 302-260-2000 and speak to a member of the coastal region’s number one real estate sales team today!