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6 Reasons to List Your Home This Holiday Season

Thanks for checking out our blog. Every year at this time, many homeowners decide to wait until after the holidays to put their homes on the market for the first time, while others who already have their homes on the market decide to take them off until after the holidays. Today we are going to discuss seven great reasons why the holiday season is a great time to list your home and if you are in the market to sell you should not wait any longer.

Relocation Buyers Are Out There
Local companies want to start the New Year off strong and are looking to hire new employees. Many companies are still hiring throughout the holidays and need their employees in their new positions as soon as possible. If these employees are relocating to a new area, they will inevitably need housing.

There Are Serious Buyers Out There
The foot traffic of active buyers is tracked by the National Association of Realtors and inevitably it shows that traffic is slower in winter months and that less people are viewing homes. If someone is willing to look at homes during the hectic holiday season, they typically aren’t tire kickers wanting to waste anyone’s time. Although it is true that there are fewer buyers during the winter, those that are looking for homes during the holidays are serious buyers and are ready to buy now.  

You Are in Control
Although keeping your home show ready and having to show it to interested buyers during the holiday season is not always convenient, you can restrict the showings on your home to the times you want it shown. Many agents like those on our team use a showing manager that will only allow showings during your approved time frames. You inevitably will remain in control.

Decorated Home Show Well
One of the biggest benefits of showing homes during the holidays is they show better when decorated. A properly decorated home with all the inviting scents of cinnamon and Christmas trees is not only appealing, but it helps a buyer envision the memories their families can potentially have in the same setting.

There is Less Competition
Although there may be less buyers currently in the market in the winter, there are also significantly fewer homes for sale. Fewer homes for sale means less competition for you as a seller. And always remember the correlation of supply versus demand. With a small inventory of homes to choose from and serious buyers who are demanding new homes, your chances of selling increase. When the spring month approach, the supply of homes will greatly increase. Sell before more competition comes on the market.

The Desire is There
The desire to own a home doesn’t stop when the holidays come. Buyers who were unable to find their dream home during the busy spring and summer months are still searching! The holidays don’t do anything to hinder that desire. If anything, the anticipation of one day spending the holidays in their dream home will only increase that desire.

These are seven great reasons why choosing to sell now during the winter rather than deciding to wait until the spring or summer can prove beneficial. If you’re a home seller wanting to take advantage of the decreased winter inventory and looking for a serious buyer, give us a call today for a free consultation at (956) 203-0044. We look forward to hearing from you.

4 Tips to Get Your Offer Accepted (Episode 2)

Tighten up on the Inspection Contingency
To make your offer more attractive some buyers choose to waive their option for an inspection. This can be risky, and our advice is to accept the property “as is” if you are happy with its current condition and choose to go the safer route to do an inspection. In the case that issues arise during your inspection, provide the seller with a list of issues and the option to address them by fixing them, making a price adjustment, or giving you a credit back.

Contingent upon Financing
This is another contingency you should never omit in your offer unless of course you are paying all cash or are extremely confident with your finances.  Generally speaking, a 30- to 45-day closing usually has a 17- to 25-day period for a mortgage approval. Your preapproval letter will make this finance contingency less of an issue for your seller.

Contingent upon Appraisal
It’s very possible that the house may not appraise at your offer price. However, if you’ve done your homework and are comfortable with your offer, you might consider waiving this contingency.

The downside is that you may be on the hook for the price difference under the negotiated sales price. Waiving this contingency gives you a leg up over the competition, especially in a hot market where the seller is trying to get top dollar.

The “Please let Me Buy Your House” Letter
Writing a handwritten note may not get you the deal, but if multiple offers look close or equal on paper, a personal note to the seller can really make your offer stand out.
Selling a home is an extremely emotional process, especially for those who have lived in their home for decades or raised a family there. Sharing your eagerness to raise a family of your own in their house could pull at their heartstrings … and get you that house!

We appreciate you tuning in and hope that you found this informative.  These are just a few offer strategies of the many we use here with our team.  If you’re a home buyer wanting to see how we can help you negotiate you next offer give us a call today for a free consultation at 956-307-4544.  We look forward to hearing from you.