Thanksgiving weekend is behind us and we are all heading full force into the December holidays. It seems as though the exterior decorations go up earlier and earlier each year in my town. No complaints from me! I enjoy taking the long way through the neighborhood on the way home to see all the lights on the shrubbery and pines, the wreaths on the front doors, and the red bows on the mailboxes. I think holiday decorating is a great way to attract attention to your home and give it a different look than the every day.
Traditionally, real estate winds down toward the end of the year, as do most businesses. People vacation, focus on family, host gatherings, etc. and sellers don’t want to have the added stress of having their home listed forcing them to entertain showings on top of all the other things on their To Do list. As Realtors, our job is to make sure sellers are getting the most exposure for their home. Whenever a seller approaches me about removing their house from the market for the holidays, I discourage it.
- Some sellers insist on taking their houses off the market which would mean that those remaining will get more attention.
- Buyers that are out looking at this time of year are serious buyers. We all know how distracting the holidays can be. There’s always shopping to do, cooking to do, cleaning to do, wrapping to do. Serious buyers, buyers that need to make a move in the next 30-60 days, are the ones out looking. You don’t want to miss these buyers.
- This is relocation time. Many large companies will ask employees to start their new jobs in the first quarter. Relo buyers are out in force this time of year looking to find a home for their families that will allow them to be settled in by February.
- Your house looks pretty this time of year! Spend some time decorating outside and in to make your home warm and inviting to potential buyers.
Wishing all of your a joyous holiday season and best wishes for a happy 2013.
Allyson Kane is a certified professional Realtor(R) and is licensed in the State of Connecticut. Having lived in the area for nearly 20-years, Allyson brings hometown knowledge together with her corporate marketing background and passion for the real estate industry to provide her clients with the best professional service in northern Fairfield and southern Litchfield counties. Wondering what your home is worth? Contact Allyson today for a full market analysis report.