Inevitably, the question of whether or not to have a house on the market during the Christmas holidays comes up every year around this time. Some people will suggest you do, others will vehemently oppose. Personally, I don’t see what the fuss is about.
If your goal is to sell the house, then sell the house. If anything, you stand to benefit from the lack of competition created by those who did decide to take their house off the market. And, if your real estate agent suggests otherwise, then kindly remind them of the reason you hired them in the first place!
What if the house sells and I have to move out during the holidays?
You don’t have to. For example, your contract can stipulate that you require 60 days to vacate, or that you can’t move out until after the first week of the New Year. Furthermore, it takes a while in most cases to close on a house – inspections have to be done, appraisals, escrows, and mortgage approvals. On average, it takes about 30 to 60 days from acceptance of a contract until the date of close – plenty of time to vacate.
I don’t want to have to show the house during the holidays!
Why not? I can’t think of a better time to show it. A nicely Christmas decorated house with an inviting, warm fuzzy, home sweet home feeling is a wonderful enhancement to your property. It only takes one person to get taken by your home’s Christmas look to achieve your goal of selling the house.
People are too busy to go out looking for a house
While that may be true for the majority of people, there is always a percentage of folks that do look for a house during the holidays. What do you have to lose? It doesn’t cost you anything to have the house up for sale, but you may just miss out on potential buyers if you don’t. Again, it only takes one buyer.
People looking to buy a home during the holidays are highly motivated; otherwise, they’re not going to take time away from Christmas holiday activities like getting their Christmas shopping done, decorating their home and so forth to go look for a house. You can be certain that you won’t be wasting your time showing the house to tire kickers.
Statistically, the inventory of homes for sale during the winter is lower than at any other period during the year; which makes it the perfect time to have your house up for sale. Not only will you have a better chance at getting offers, but you also might get more for the house.
One other advantage of having your house up for sale during the holidays is that many people take time off of work during this period, this provides ample opportunity to go house hunting. Couples are not pressed for time and will stop to look at houses.
Buyers who are out house hunting during the holidays are serious buyers. Not showing them your house is tantamount to turning down good, if not the best, prospects. So the answer is yes, keep your home on the market during the holidays!
If you live in Madison, Wisconsin any other snow covered northern city, decorating your home for the holiday season is as common as Palm trees here in Florida ~ and many of them are currently Selling a home in Madison WI. Sellers there don’t think twice about selling during the holidays! Why should we?
We have been a realtor who sells homes in Tampa Florida for years ~ if you have any other questions or concerns call us, we’d be happy to discuss them with you.