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.
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.
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.
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.