Monday, November 18, 2013

What are the Advantages to List Your House During the Holidays?

Christmas trees, menorahs, sleigh bells, hot chocolate and Under Contract signs are the signs that the Holidays are here!   Common belief in the real estate market is that now is not the best time to list your house for sale, but those naysayers have not talked to me about that!  There are some real advantages to listing your house NOW.  Here are my top 11 reasons...
11.  If you sell your house during the holidays, you can purchase when the inventory levels increase in January-March and be a non-contingent Buyer!  This would be a major advantage for you as a Buyer to already have closed on your current house so that you could make a "clean" offer on the property you want to buy.  A Buyer whose offer is not contingent on selling their current home is much more attractive to Sellers.  This will allow you to sell high and buy low.
10.  You can sell now for more money and we can provide for a delayed closing or a "rent back" which may allow you to close and lease your own property back from your Buyer for a 30-60 day period while you shop for a new home at the beginning of the year.
9.  Even though your house would be on the market, you can restrict showings during the week around the holidays if you wish.
8.  January is typically the month for employees to begin new jobs.  Since transferees cannot wait until early spring to buy, you would capture this important market segment if your house is on the market now.
7.  Some people have to buy before the end of the year for tax reasons.
6.  Buyers have more time to look for a home during the holidays than during the work week.
5.  During the holidays, Buyers tend to be more emotional and you are more likely to get your price!
4.  Houses show better when decorated for the holidays.
3.  Right now there is a SEVERE LOW INVENTORY of available homes for sale in Atlanta.  The supply of listings will increase dramatically in January.  Right now, you would have little to no competition.
2.  Serious buyers have fewer houses to choose from during the Holidays and less competition means more money for you!
And the NUMBER ONE reason why you would benefit from having your house for sale during the Holidays is... (drumroll please)   bddbddbddd
1.  Buyers who are looking for homes during the Holidays are SERIOUS buyers and are usually highly motivated.
If you are thinking of selling your house now (or next year), please contact me.  I will help you determine how to get the most money in the least amount of time for your home!  

I wish you and your family the happiest of holidays and a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year!
Jackson Bass, ABR, Associate Broker
Keller Williams Realty of Buckhead
source: from MAPS, Dianna Kokoszka

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