Selling a House During the Christmas Holidays – Yes or No

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.

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Westchase Area Homes and Condos for sale

Westchase is a pristine community with landscaped roadways and sparkling ponds. Each village within Westchase owns its own unique charm from single family homes with caged pools to those with front porches or townhome style two-stories. No matter which style of home you choose or whichever village you pick to reside in, all the sidewalks in Westchase lead to the town within the community. Westchase area has created a town with lots to enjoy from restaurants to boutiques and coffee shops. Conveniences such as doctor’s offices, a community school and grocery stores are all within walking distance from your front yard, eliminating the need for you to use your car for many everyday things. Many communities have tried to copy the concept that Westchase has created with no success. Westchase still remains a community like no other.

Westchase Subdivisions, Neighborhoods, Condos
and Townhomes

Bennington Berkeley Square Bridges Enclave
Fords Glencliff Glenfield Greens
Harbor Links – Estates Keswick Forest Radcliffe Saville Rowe
Shires Vineyards West Park Village Woodbay
Wycliff      

Westshore Condos and Homes for sale in Tampa

The Westshore area, with it’s well-established waterfront homes and communities with new constructions make finding a home easy. Located right up the road from Tampa International Airport, traveling has never been more convenient. International Plaza and Westshore Mall both provide upscale shopping with restaurants and nightlife that is second to none. Located just miles from Downtown Tampa, not only are business opportunities available close to home, but many annual celebrations such as Gasparilla are close by without having to fight too many crowds to get there. Owning a home in Westshore will make it easy for the sports fan to see a game at Raymond James Stadium located a couple miles from the area. With the Veteran’s Expressway and the Interstates running directly through Westshore’s business areas, many other attractions in the Tampa area are only a short drive away. When looking for your next home, be sure to consider the beautiful area of Westshore.

Westshore Subdivisions, Neighborhoods, Communities, Condos
and Townhomes

Anadell Anita Subdivision Bayshore Estates Beach Park
Bel Mar Belvedere Park Borghese Villas Bridgeview Estates
Broadmoor Park Bungalow City Carol Shores Cordoba at Beach Park
Culbreath Isles Culbreath Key Cypress Estates Fairlawn Estates
Gates of Westshore Graymont Townhomes Guernsey Estates Hanan Estates
Hanan Park Henderson Beach Hesperides Lois Townhomes
Manhattan Margaret Anne Mariner Paradise
Park City Rosedale North Siena Villas Stoney Point
Sunset Park Tampania Villa Sonoma Villas of Westshore
Vineyard West Shore Crest Westshore Palms Westwego

Seminole Heights of Tampa Homes for Sale

Classic style and shaded lawns are what you would find if you drove through the quaint community of Seminole Heights. Located in Tampa’s historic district, Seminole Heights is plain and simple, a neighborhood that is established where neighbors relax on front porches and enjoy many conveniences of the location. Situated next to I-275, Seminole Heights is only a short drive to downtown, Tampa International Airport and other area attractions that are not to be missed. Some of the best shopping and dining the Tampa area has to offer is right within reach and business opportunities that occupy the downtown area will leave you happy that you may have a short commute to and from work. From Busch Gardens to the Performing Arts Center, you will always have choices among you when you reside in Seminole Heights.

Seminole Heights Subdivisions, Neighborhoods, Communities, Condos
and Townhomes

Altamira Heights Altamonte Heights Avalon Heights Belmont Heights
Beverly Heights California Heights East Suwanee Heights Eastern Heights
Emory Heights Florida Ave Heights Grove Hill Heights Hana Heights
Hanley Heights Harmony Heights Manor Heights Nebraska Heights
North Seminole Heights Oak Heights Old Seminole Heights Orange Heights
Orange Hill Heights Powhatan Heights Purity Springs Heights Rippling Heights
Seminole Heights Suwanee Heights West Suwanee Heights Zion Heights

Town N Country Tampa Homes for Sale

Looking for an area that won’t downsize your wallet but has all the conveniences of shopping, dining and area businesses? Go no further than Town ‘N Country area. Town ‘N Country has a wide variety of homes from new to established and townhomes to condos. Avoid traffic to Tampa International Airport with convenient city roads to lead you there, rather than the need to rely on interstates or expressways. If visiting Tampa attractions is something you enjoy, you still have the option of the Veteran’s Expressway close by for a quick commute to most Tampa areas. With its own hospital and many schools, Town ‘N Country has just about everything a person could ask for in a community. If you are looking for an area with many conveniences and homes that won’t break the bank, Town ‘N Country may just be the area you are looking for.

Town ‘N Country Subdivisions, Neighborhoods, Communities, Condos
and Townhomes

Amberly Oaks Bellingham Oaks Copperfield Cypress Glen
Cypress Tree Edgewater Place Fountain Park Golden Estates
Hampton Terrace Hibiscus Gardens Hidden Oaks Kingsport Townhomes
Pat Acres Pine Crest Manor Pinecrest Villas Rio Vista
Sheldon Creek Solana Bay Sweetwater Creek Town 'N Country Park
Twelve Oaks Village Waters Edge West Park Estates Whispering Oaks
Woodbridge  

MacDill Area of Tampa – Homes & Condos for sale

Residential areas surrounding MacDill Air Force base offer Military families a convenient place in which to live, allowing them to take full advantage of the shopping and services provided to them through the base itself. Located in South Tampa and close to the Gandy Bridge, MacDill allows for a convenient drive to the pristine Pinellas beaches. This bridge also opens up other opportunities for work that may not be found in Tampa. The MacDill area also provides a short drive into downtown Tampa for businessmen and women, for a night filled with entertainment or a day spent at area attractions. Hyde Park is a trendy community located close by with stylish restaurants, well-known stores and quaint boutiques perfect for an outdoor stroll on a gorgeous Florida day. Homes in and around MacDill range widely in style, size and age which means they also allow for a wide range of budgets. So whether you are a military family, individual or just like to be in a centralized location, MacDill is definitely an area to consider when searching for your new home.

MacDill Area Subdivisions, Neighborhoods, Communities, Condos and Townhomes

Alta Vista Arlene Manor Bay Breeze Baybridge
Browns Castillo Crescent Park Drew Park
Gandy Gardens Gandy Manor Interbay Land Lackey
Legacy Park Palm Grove Port City Tampa Robinson Heights
Schooner Cove South Tampa Square Southtown Park Sunniland
Thomas Townhomes Treasure Park Villas of Manhattan West Port
Westmont Terrace Westshore Estates Westshore Townhomes Westshore Yacht Club

Rocky Point Homes for Sale

Condominiums and homes share this palm tree-lined area of Rocky Point with many businesses, waterfront seafood restaurants and hotels. This highly desirable area is perfect for the businessman who wants the convenience of living close to downtown, but with a view of the sun on the ocean each day or the family or individual with a passion for boating, fishing or the beach. Located just before you hop on the Courtney Campbell Causeway to head over to the Pinellas County side and the Clearwater Beaches, Rocky Point’s location makes any drive to any place simple via I-275 or the Veteran’s Expressway. With Tampa to the east and Clearwater to the west, the residents of Rocky Point subdivisions have an abundance of options when it comes to shopping, dining and working, all of which would be a convenient drive from home. The spectacular view of the Gulf has made Rocky Point popular with banquet facilities and brides who choose the backdrop for their weddings and photographs that will last a lifetime. Many condominiums and homes are available in the area of Rocky Point. If waterfront property or being close to the Gulf Beaches is important to you, be sure not to pass up the beauty of Rocky Point.

Visit homes, condos, villas and townhomes in Rocky Point.

Bay Crest Park Bay Pointe Beachwalk Condo Blue Meridian
Canal Shores Dana Shores Golfwood Estates
Island Club Pelican Island Oaklyn Reserve of Old Tampa
Savannah Trace Spinnaker Cove Sweetwater Town N Country Park

Countryway – Bayport Area – Homes for sale

Convenient to the Veteran’s Expressway, Countryway Homes are in a location appealing to many business individuals, but has the scenic attraction that lures seniors, singles and families alike. Accessible through Westchase, those who live in Countryway can enjoy the trendy atmosphere with the lower cost of living in a very similar picturesque setting. Made up of many smaller sub-communities, each with different home styles to fit individual preferences, it is not difficult to find what you are looking for in this attractive neighborhood. Shopping, dining, and great schools are located within miles of Countryway providing many choices to those in the community. Located right across from Countryway is Bayport, an area that offers waterfront properties and access to the bay. Many townhomes and single-family homes in Bayport have private docks for fishing or personal watercraft and beautiful views of Upper Tampa Bay. Larger properties can also be found in Bayport if that is what you desire. While Countryway and Bayport provide homes in different settings, they both share the same conveniences within the same local area.

Countryway – Bayport Area, Neighborhoods, Communities, Condos
and Townhomes

Bay Port Colony Bayport Village Bayside East Bayside Village
Bayside West Charleston Corners Colony Bay Country Chase
Countryway Lake Crest Manor Lane Farms Meadow Brook
North Bay Village Palm Bay Pelican Pointe REOlds Farm
San Marino Bay Estates Tampa Shores The Gallery at Bayport Timberlane
Townhomes of Bay Port Treehouses at Mohr Lane Wellington Homes West Bay
Wood Lake

Davis Islands Homes For Sale

Paradise has been found on Davis Islands homes. This residential community is made up of two man made islands that overlook the glistening waterfront views of the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa Bay, and the spectacular Downtown Tampa skyline. Popular with residents and locals alike, Davis Islands has many options for shopping, dining, and entertainment. With it’s own yacht club and hospital many residents feel there is no need to leave unless it is by boat. If they do leave by car, they don’t have far to drive to get anywhere they desire. Attractions, local beaches and nearby cities are all accessible through the bridges and nearby interstates. Offering new construction as well as homes with their own architectural style from as early as the 1930’s, the choices are abundant. Whether you are looking to live in single story home shaded by mature oak trees, a condominium with breathtaking views or in a multi-million dollar gated mansion amongst a celebrity or two, the homes of Davis Islands all share the same beautiful little piece of the world and prismatic sunsets.

Davis Islands Subdivisions, Neighborhoods, Communities, Condos
and Townhomes

Adalia Bayfront Byars Thompson Davis Islands Homes Davis Islands Waterfront
Villa Del Mare