Should I Take My Home Off the Market During the Holidays?

Should I Take My Home Off the Market During the Holidays?

Should I Take My Home Off the Market During the Holidays?

I go over and over this question every year starting the first of November. "Should I Take My Home Off the Market During the Holidays?"

Ask your self this question. When is your home ever more beautiful and inviting? You have cleaned and decorated. Now your home looks like a picture postcard. If the results are good enough for family and friends, they will surely be good enough to impress your buyers.

To keep things in order get the family team on board to do a five-minute blitz. In the evening pick up everything to help keep holiday messes to a minimum.

The holidays are a wonderful selling period. Why? Because most people take time off from work during the season. The husband and wife are both off and want to see houses. Most agents like the holidays because the buyers have more time and they can look at homes together.

Although buyer activity may appear to slow down so does your competition. The buyers who are actively looking during the holidays are more serious than perhaps those in the spring. The real estate market is no more affected at Thanksgiving or Christmas than during any other "busy" periods. If that was the case, the market would shut down throughout the year as families concentrate on spring weddings, June graduations, summer vacations, and autumn back-to-school activities.

Relocating families often don't have a choice when they can leave for their new destination. There are some 68% of transferring families that have children. Most families have to transfer during the middle of the school year not in the summer months. Relocating families take the Holiday time to shop for a home and to get to know their new community.

Consider this: Most top Realtors agree that taking your home off the market during the Christmas season is a mistake. The house surely isn't going to sell off the market! What is the advantage of that?

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Rich Anderson November 04, 2011 at 01:04 PM
Although my family and I are here to stay and our home will therefore not be on the market, we have owned and sold a number of homes across the country during our 30-year Air Force career. Susan has written an excellent article chocked full of great advice!


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