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5 Reasons You Should Sell Your Home in Autumn

When it comes to selling your home, there’s a common belief that the Spring and Summer seasons are the best time to sell. After all, it’s considered a time for renewal and an “Open House” can actually include open windows. But the belief that home buyers are only looking early in the year is exactly why listing your home later can be better for you. Let’s take a look at five reasons you should sell your home in Autumn and Winter. 


Different Kinds of Buyers

Families tend to look early in the year for a number of reasons, namely closing during the Summer. It helps with changing school districts and as well as taking summer vacation to make the move. But what that means is Fall is the time for younger buyers looking for their first home, or older or older adults moving for work, both of which are just as serious about buying.


Less Competition

For all the reasons previously mentioned, you’ll begin to see new listings flooding the market in Spring with sellers hoping to pick up those prospective family buyers. It’s this very reason why it can be hard to make your home stand out when there are so many options. With a plethora of options, you may find yourself in a weaker position when it comes to asking price.


Market Demands

Alternatively, being a fresh house on the market among the listings that didn’t sell that summer is a great way to stand out. In fact, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) has found that buyers don’t cool with the season, and they’re just as ready to buy as they would be earlier. You might even find that less options on the market mean a higher demand and a stronger place to negotiate. 


Faster Process

Make no mistake, selling a home can be a process—one that’s not always speedy. An added benefit for Autumn home buyers is the availability to mortgage officers and movers. Homeowners looking to sell have the same luxury when it comes to scheduling home inspectors and renovators in case the house needs some updates before hitting the market. 


Embrace the Season

Imagine a chill that seeps through coats and scarves as they approach the next house on the list, and they’re greeted by a warm home and even a pie or two in the oven. Fall and Winter are unique in embracing first impressions and giving the sellers an edge to make their home feel welcoming. Why not decorate for the holidays, light some candles, and bring that cozy home feeling to life.


Regardless of what season it is, you will find buyers looking for their new home. Don’t wait and don’t do it alone. With 25+ years of experience buying and selling homes, Starved Rock Realtors are the experts you can trust to provide you the advantage you need in the market. Don’t just change your address, change your lifestyle. Give us a call at 815-667-9990 or view our listings today to get started.



Sources: 

https://www.keepingcurrentmatters.com/2019/09/03/5-reasons-to-sell-this-fall-3/

https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/fall-real-estate-selling-tips/

https://www.owners.com/advice/why-you-should-sell-your-house-in-the-fall-and-how-to-prepare

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The Question of Renting or Buying

To rent or to buy a house? At some point, almost every adult asks themselves that question. The American Dream is often synonymous with owning a home.  However, the ever-changing housing market often makes buying a house challenging. Before deciding to rent or to buy, here are some things to consider:  

House Rental.  With HGTV and other home shows on television, our culture pressures Americans to automatically consider buying a house. That is not always a case, though, renting can be an ideal choice in certain circumstances, here are just a few:

  • You have student or consumer debt.  Debt is an ongoing burden. Clean your buying slate by eliminating the debt first. Continue to rent in the meantime. 
  • Your job requires transferring. Many large companies have rotational programs or advancement opportunities that may require you to move around. To make it worth your investment, most regions require living in that area for at least two to three years.
  • You need planning time.  Like any relationship, the commitment of buying a house should be carefully considered. This is not the time to act impulsively, even if you have the down payment handy.  Relatives and friends may pressure you to buy, but do not feel guilty about renting until you have a plan in place. 


Buying a House.  While there is nothing like owning your own house and the pride that comes with it, there are many things to consider when deciding if you are ready to buy.  If you think you are ready to buy a house, consider the following:

  • Are you debt-free? It is difficult for a bank to authorize a mortgage if you are carrying huge student debt or consumer credit card debt.  You do not want additional debt with the burden of a mortgage. 
  • Do you have an emergency fund?  If you lost your job today, you need to pay your mortgage and your bills for at least three months while you look for a new job.
  • Do you have a 10-20% down payment? If you have the ideal 20% down, that means you will not have to pay the PMI, the private mortgage insurance.  A PMI protects your lender from going bankrupt if your circumstances stop you from paying the mortgage.  Consider these handy finance tools.
  • Your mortgage payment will be 25% or less of your monthly take-home income.  You know you can make the mortgage payment now, but what if the unexpected comes up and you are forced to spend more per month on something else. You will need plenty of wiggle room in your budget to achieve other goals, such as saving for retirement and saving for your children’s college funds. 


If you’re looking for expert advice on whether you should buy or rent a home, Starved Rock Realty has over 25+ years of real estate experience and can provide you the support you’re looking for. To learn how Starved Rock Realty can help you buying or selling a home, contact one of our agents today or call us at 815-667-9990.


Sources:

https://www.bankrate.com/mortgage/renting-vs-buying-a-home/

https://realestate.usnews.com/real-estate/articles/renting-vs-buying-a-home-which-is-smarter

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