Almost every year I get contacted by a client who either (a) wants to take their home off the market during the winter months or (b) is ready to sell but wants to wait until spring to avoid the winter real estate market.
While it is true that the real estate market slows down in the winter months, it is also true that homes sell year round. And winter buyers tend to be more serious buyers… who often need to move and want to close quickly.
Selling in the winter can work to your advantage…
- There is less competition so your home may get more notice
- A blanket of snow can mask imperfections in your yard and landscaping
- People who are looking in the winter often have to buy, which means they will choose a home… if your home isn't on the market they can't choose yours
The seller of the home above changed the status to Temporarily Not Available for Showings during the holidays so it didn't disturb their family festivities, but they agreed to a showing to a relocation buyer during that time that resulted in a sale.
Sometimes the holidays are a prime time for buyers… they may have time off, have family around for input, or may even have visiting family thinking about a move. Bottom line is, you know your home won't sell if it isn't listed for sale. With the shortage of homes for sale in our current market, any day is a good day to list your home for sale!
Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results - Minneapolis-St. Paul Realtor