Whether you are thinking about selling your home or you plan on living in it for a while, it is likely that you will want to get the most money out of it when it comes time to sell. Owning a home is
Falling Leaves Bring Sold Signs
The chill is in the air and you’re probably thinking you've lost the opportunity to sell, and need to wait until Spring. But that's far from the truth! Sure, it's not as hectic and crazy with the swarm of buyers we saw on the market in Bellingham this summer, but they are still out there, and the fall and winter seasons bring out the most serious of lookers. They are the pool of buyers that waited out the summer frenzy to find their perfect home when they didn’t have to fight over it with multiple buyers, and you DON'T want to miss these ones. They are ready to make a move, TODAY. Selling in a slower period does not equate to less money. That's a misconception that home owners have based on untrue data that floats around. With the right agent, and your home being priced correctly, you can get a great deal selling your home during the cold holiday season— and you might actually prefer it.
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Here are the top 3 benefits to listing during the fall and winter months.
1. Serious Buyers
Let's be honest, if buyers are out during the busy season, looking for homes, they are serious and ready to buy. Although the summer brings in a large crowd, that crowd contains a lot of people that are excited by the season, and fall into the "trend" of house hunting. These people end up not really being serious about the process, and tend to hold off for another time. If people are investing time and energy to look during the cold, wet weather and during their holidays, they are more likely to be interested in actually buying your home, instead of touring it.
2. Less Competition
Selling in the fall and winter isn't something many families can accomplish due to personal schedules. Family time, school events, vacations to warmer climates..... that's why a significant amount of homes get listed during the spring and summer season. Which means that summer time brings in a lot of competition. Selling in the fall and winter means the potential house next door that has slightly more perks that may have been listed during the summer, doesn't make your home sit stagnant, since everyone wanted your neighbor's house. It also doesn't devalue your home because of the house that could go up next door that could be under-priced in your neighborhood, and draw all of the attention.
With a slower season, you get dedicated attention to your property, which increases the chance of a sale.
3. Easier to Find Your Dream Home
Not only do you get to benefit from a slower season during the selling process, but you can also benefit on the buying side. With less competition on your dream house, you can get a better deal. The summer brings a lot of missed opportunities for buyers on their dream homes, because they go off the market instantly. This will give you the opportunity to get your home on the market and take your time to find the right one to resize into. A much calmer pace to the transaction will make it less stressful, and everyone all around happier. Don't feel rushed into buying a home overnight during the summer, it could turn into a headache. If you want a far more peaceful transaction, that has calmer pace, then selling during the fall and winter months is perfect for you.
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