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Should I Wait To List My Home?

How The 4 Seasons Affect The Marketability Of Your Home

Sellers often ask us what’s the best time of the year to sell their properties. It’s a great question but the truth is we sell homes every month of the year.

There really isn’t much change in values from one season to the next unless the market is in an upward or downward spiral. In fact we’ve seen changes from month to month in this type of market. That’s for another time though. Contact us for more on this.

With that said it does take some time to get your house ‘Sales’ ready. If you want an optimum sales price for your home there are a few things to do to get it ready.

How your home is presented to buyers is very different than how you live in your home. Plan on a bit of time to get it “Sales’ ready. We’re happy to consult with you on the best ways to do this and how you can maximize your ROI.

Here are insights regarding buyers at different seasons

WINTER BUYERS

Usually are highly motivated. They’re often new job transfers,divorce situations or a change in family situations and/or financial situations.

They have less time to make a decision and are less concerned with all the details and are more concerned with having a few concrete parameters met.

SPRING BUYERS

Often are starting the home shopping process early so they can physically move-in at the beginning of summer/mid-summer.

They’re often families with school age children. Many fit the profile of winter buyers.

SUMMER BUYERS

Are often families with children. They’d like to make the move before school starts.

Curb-side appeal can be used here to entice buyers. Everyone loves a luscious, fresh cut lawn with vibrant flowers surrounding the landscape. Capitalize on this and get your home as curbside ready as you can.

Also, we see quite a few job transfer individuals during this time. Many people relocate during summer months.

FALL BUYERS

This can be a great time to sell your home. Many people don’t sell their homes in the fall and winter months so you’ll have less competition during these months.

Sellers often take their homes off the market in the fall/winter so there is less inventory. Fall buyers are typically highly motivated. Many weren’t able to find a home in the Spring/Summer and at this point they are very ready.

Keep in mind every property is different.  Getting the highest sales price for your home starts with knowing your audience, the market and strategically marketing your home to the right buyers. Discuss these with someone from our team, we are all proud to be a professional Realtor®.