You Can Sell Your Home In December

You Can Sell Your Home In December


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The holidays really aren’t a bad time to sell your home

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season means that people are preoccupied with shopping, baking, going to Christmas parties, visiting family, and so much more. The time just before Thanksgiving to the early part of the New Year is usually the busiest for everyone. So, why on earth would you try to sell your home this time of the year?

Well, for several reasons including some you may not have thought of previously:

It Isn’t Their Holiday — Although Christmas is often simply called the “Holiday Season” in order to include everyone, this time of year isn’t marked in the same way by everyone. Your buyers may not celebrate your holidays, but they would certainly welcome the opportunity to see your home, especially as their housing choices are temporarily reduced. No, you may not want to show your home on Christmas Eve, but a wise real estate agent can work around your holiday schedule.

Hungry Buyers — No matter what the season, there will always be people looking to buy a home. You may not be able to close in time for the holidays, but striking a deal during this festive season can be done. Companies transfer people throughout the year, families outgrow their homes, life goes on. If a family was in the market for a home before the holiday season, they’re still in the market today — they just haven’t found your home yet. Deck it out in its Christmas finest and you’ll showcase a home that is warm, inviting, and certainly ready to sell.

You Have To Move Anyway — Your spouse has learned that the company plans on transferring your family immediately after the first of the year. Quite frankly, you cannot put off selling your home. Make the most of a difficult situation by tastefully decorating the outside of your home for maximum appeal, what real estate agents call “staging” but what you know as “decorating for the holidays.” There is something about curb appeal that draws in the buyers; stick a “for sale” sign in the hand of a snowman for whimsical “can’t miss” visual appeal.

Motivated Real Estate Agents — Although most real estate agents plan for the extended down time, it could be that your agent would welcome the opportunity to make a sale before the year closes. With fewer listings in her arsenal, some agents are looking to serve those clients who simply cannot wait for the holiday hoopla to end. Let’s do the math: A Hungry Buyer + One Motivated Real Estate Agent = A Satisfied Home Seller.

Short of a monster snowstorm that would stop everything for a few days anyway, you can entertain buyers when the calendar says December. You may not get many lookers, but all it takes is for one buyer whose heart has been stirred to buy your home during the holiday season.


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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".