December 07, 2019

List My House for Sale in Winter? YES!!

Contrary to popular opinion, winter can be a really great time to purchase a home, or list your home for sale! Sellers are often more motivated and the holiday spirit just makes people want to be settled in a home. The combination of fewer buyers and slower business can mean lenders and real estate agents might compete a little harder for your business. 

So despite that December might be when people are decking the halls, listing your home in winter can be a smart move. Realtor® Greg Rapp at Wallace Realty, knows why winter may be the best season for buying or selling your home! Give Greg a call at (704) 213-6846 and you'll know why, too!

Many real estate agents will tell you that the holiday season represents a “lull” in the market. But savvy home buyers and potential sellers should look at the advantages of listing or purchasing during this season. Mortgage rates are still low - and there are other benefits to home-buying during the “lull” of December through January.  Your buyers also get to see the home at a rare vantage point: All the big systems such as heating, plumbing, roofing and gutters are being put to the test in the cold. Some of the curb appeal may be diminished, but fixing landscaping is a lot less expensive than finding out months later that a furnace doesn’t work.

Why List Your Home Now

There is much less competition. People are busy or traveling during the holidays, so many deals have been already wrapped up or people have put off looking until after the New Year. There are still homes on the market, but not as many people seeking them. This is an advantage to both buyers and sellers. This is when the active buyer is more serious about obtaining a home, and not just 'shopping'.

You might think inventory would be lower in a slow season, but that’s not necessarily true. And those sellers are often highly motivated. The homes available on the market during this season might be the homes that for some reason did not sell during the peak season. The sellers will want to get the deal closed before year end, especially for tax purposes. This is an advantage for buyers, especially if there are points to negotiate.

Some Realtors® love this time of year, because they know that people who are out looking in December are serious. As a buyer, your agent will have more time to focus on you, as opposed to other times of the year when they might be juggling multiple clients. You may not be able to close before the end of the year, but it’s an excellent time to get something under contract.

Moral of the Story 

Just because it is winter with holidays looming ahead doesn't mean this is the wrong time of year to sell your home! Learn the advantage of listing NOW, this winter, with area expert Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty. Greg’s record in selling homes, and finding buyers what they need, is well-known in the area. You'll be HOME for the HOLIDAYS!! (704) 213-6846 ~ Call -OR- Text!

Adapted from an article by Pauline Millard / LearnVest , December 26, 2013,

Greg Rapp 
Wallace Realty Co. 
704 213 6846 Mobile 
704 636 2021 Office 

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