We speak to clients every year about whether listing their homes for sale during the Christmas holiday season is a good idea. Or if their home is already on the market, but hasn’t yet sold, should they keep the listing active or remove it temporarily until after the holidays?
Christmas isn’t the time of year that automatically comes to mind when thinking about buying or selling real estate at the Delaware and Maryland beaches, of course. But there are several reasons why it should definitely be considered in a positive light.
Here are six compelling reasons to either list your home, or keep it on the market, during the Christmas holiday season:
Buyers are Serious
While there aren’t normally as many people shopping for homes during the holidays (2020 could be the exception to that rule) as other times of the year, those who are in home buying mode are generally quite serious about their search.
Now with the low inventories brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, there’s really no wrong time to list your home for sale. In this type of market, there are going to be potential buyers for your property.
But that doesn’t disprove our argument. The holidays are a great time to seek out those serious buyers and place that “For Sale” sign in your front yard.
Make Good Use of Those Holiday Decorations
During the holiday season, homes are festive and colorful and typically show very well. Think of a potential buyer seeing all that holiday cheer or smelling the lingering effects of those Christmas cookies you made last night.
How can anyone be in a bad mood when they’re walking through a home filled with tastefully placed holiday decorations and pre-Christmas happiness?
Take advantage of the calendar and people’s good moods to showcase your home during this special time of the year.
More Free Time For Buyers
Holiday schedules are typically more relaxed and potential buyers have more time to look at homes than they do during a typical work week.
So put that “For Sale” sign out front and see who comes a knocking.
You Can Delay Your Move Until The New Year
If you sell your home during the holidays, you can remain there until January or February and not have to move during the Christmas season.
And think of what a great Christmas present that would be. Your home is sold, you can enjoy one last holiday season there and then, when the presents have been opened and the tree taken down, you can begin the process of moving.
There’s Often Less Competition
While we’re giving you a number of good reasons for listing your home during the holidays, there are going to be sellers who don’t see things the same way. And this can work to your advantage as there will be less homes for people to look at.
Your home is more apt to get noticed and seen during the Christmas season for this very reason.
Beat The January Rush
When the holidays are over and winter really sets in, the supply of listings typically goes up substantially and the demand for your home may not be as great.
As always, more competition means less money in your pocket at the settlement table. So why not beat the rush and welcome visitors to your home during Christmas.
For more tips on selling your home at the Delaware and Maryland beaches, call the Oldfather Group today at 302-260-2000 and speak to a member of the coastal region’s top selling real estate sales team.
Don’t wait! Call today and take advantage of this year’s Christmas season to sell your home!