Seasonal Selling: Leaving your house on the market during the holiday season may boost your chances of finding the perfect buyer! ‘

Tis the season for holiday shopping, but some may say otherwise when it comes to house hunting. Based on my experience as a Realtor, I have been conditioned by real estate markets of old to take homes off of the market and the Multiple Listing Service towards the end of the calendar year.

3 reasons why you should leave your house on the market during the holiday season:

1. Holiday buyers are serious buyers! Just as your calendar fills up during this time of year, so do your potential homebuyers’.

Nobody wants to add unnecessary items to their to-do list, so if buyers are proceeding during this time of year, you can count on them to be in it for the long haul. If they’re open for a showing, you want to be available! These buyers may be under the gun and dictated by a calendar; maybe, they are being relocated by their company (majority occurring end-of-year), perhaps they are motivated by tax incentives to complete a purchase before the New Year… whatever the reason may be, I’ve noticed that these seasonal buyers are eager to find a home and willing to pay a premium to wrap it up.

2. Your home looks great! The little things that your stager urges you to do seem to occur naturally during this time.

You’ve decluttered and simplified for showing purposes. Keep it that way. On another note, let’s be honest, that wreath or bow on the front door adds to your curb appeal. The cookies baking, cider brewing and candles burning are just the aromatic touches that give you all the feels. And I don’t know about you, but I am forever a sucker for sweet, twinkling lights. It’s a known fact that if the customer lingers longer, the more attached they get, and the more likely they are to make an offer. That’s what we want, right?

3. It’s a numbers game, and the equation is simple.

As inventory and competition decrease and the number of targeted buyers per home increases, the market results in a seasonal seller’s dream for successful closings.

As experience has taught me, home selling can be stressful and the holidays only add to the chaos, but I think it’s worth the consideration based on the above. Remember, that the buyer doesn’t have to control your schedule. You don’t want people popping through your home during your family dinner. This is where a relationship with your realtor comes into play. Communicate with them to come up with a plan and coordinate restricted showings that meet your needs.

Showing leads to selling… HAPPY HOLIDAYS!