5 Great Reasons To List And Sell Your Home During The Holiday

5 Great Reasons To List And Sell Your Home During The Holiday

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You're in a quandary. You planned to list your home in July so you could sell it and buy another home before winter. As luck would have it, the washing machine hose leaked all over your hardwood floors while you were on vacation. It took two months to get your house back in order. September rolled around and you had to get your last child off and settled in college. Now it's November, the leaves are falling fast and soon you'll be inhabiting a bleak landscape that is winter in Killeen TX. How could anyone appreciate your gorgeous landscaping or imagine lounging on your patio when the trees have shed and the grass is brown? "What good reason would anyone have to list and sell their home in winter?" you wonder.  Here are 5 great reasons to list and sell your home during the holiday's:

1) People looking at your home in winter are serious buyers. Who wants to bundle up the kids and trudge through the cold air to look at houses when they could be lying on the couch in front of a warm fire, eating chili and watching the Football? Buyers who need to buy now, that's who. You won't be getting "looky-loos" coming through your house during the winter months in Killeen, TX. They'll be snug at home watching HGTV or browsing Pinterest for home decorating ideas instead of trooping through your house. People looking at your home during winter are serious about buying today, not six months from now. Chances are you'll have far fewer showings before you get a bona-fide offer than you would during summer.

2) Relocation companies move employees year-round. Winter is no exception. The past two years, December turned out to be one of my busiest months for employees and soldiers relocating in and out of Fort Hood.  A couple relocating to Temple, TX from Virginia with a large employer in Bellevue purchased a home listed the second week in December. Twelve days before Christmas, I got a call to list the home of a family in Harker Heights who were relocating to another part of Texas. They wanted to list slightly higher than recent sales indicated. Because of the time of year and lack of inventory in their price range, I agreed. Those sellers received an offer within the first 2 weeks their home was on the market. 

3) Sellers are in a stronger negotiating position when inventory is low. According to The National Association of Realtors existing home sales in Texas were 12% higher in September 2015 than they were in September 2014 with median home prices at $174,400, up 5.4% from a year ago. Despite this upward trend, the inventory of homes for sale is lower and if this trend continues, will be even lower in November, December and January as people continue to buy and fewer people choose to list. What this translates to is sellers who list during these months getting close to or even at their asking price and sell their homes quickly. 

4) Your home won't have to compete with a lot of other shiny, new listings. According to the Fort Hood Multiple Listing Service, in December 2014 Bell County had 268 new listings. That same month, 294 homes sold or went under contract (91% listing to sold ratio). By contrast, in April 2015 (typically a big month for new listings to come on the market) there were 340 with 428 homes sold (79% listing to sold ratio. New sales in December 2014 outpaced new listings and this trend continued through September 2015. What that means to savvy sellers is that listing during the "slower" winter months will make your listing shine since your competition will mostly be "shopworn" listings-houses that sit for months and haven't sold because of overpricing or poor condition. 

5) People who sell their homes in fall and winter, need another place to live. Because new listings sell rather than sit during this time, sellers who put their homes in contract quickly become part of that pool of serious buyers who need to buy now (see reason #1).

Imagine this scene. It's March 2016. Your neighbors are scrambling to get their place fixed up and on the market in time for the "busy" spring and early summer season of real estate sales. You are sitting in your new home or better yet, relaxing on the beach in Hawaii, sipping a Mai Tai and enjoying some of the extra thousands you received from selling your home this winter instead of waiting to try to sell next summer.  Looks like there are more than 5 great reasons to list and sell your home during the holiday's.

Blog submitted by: Ron Cooks of The Real Estate Market Place – Servicing the Greater Fort Hood area which includes: Killeen, Harker Heights, Temple, Belton, Copperas Cove and Nolanville. Feel free to call Ron at(254) 702-0064 if you have any questions regarding Central Texas Real Estate.

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