Why selling during the holidays can be beneficial

Inventory tends to drop off during the holiday season, which is all the more reason for you to get serious about putting your house on the market. What was once negative feedback – selling your home during the holidays – can actually be beneficial. When buyers start looking, they usually want to get into their new home at a time that avoids interfering with their busy lifestyle. Here are some great reasons why you should consider putting your home on the market during the holidays.

LESS INVENTORY
Sometimes buyers are in a pinch, and need a house right now. There are always serious buyers out there and the lower the inventory the more your home will stand out. It is possible for you to get more action in your home during the holidays than when the market is flooded with homes in the spring.

AVAILABILITY
Naturally, business will slow down for lenders, home inspectors, and appraisers during the holidays. This benefits you and the buyers, as these professionals will have more valuable time to get things in order for your settlement!

HOLIDAY BEAUTY
Don’t think that you can’t decorate for the holidays while your home is on the market. Deck the halls with all things jolly, and show off the beauty of your home. This is a great way to make potential buyers feel right at home.

SERIOUS BUYERS
When you think about selling, you want buyers who are serious, especially during the holidays. Chances are they might have a deadline, maybe a job transfer or the desire to close before the end of the year for tax purposes. Target these buyers – they are motivated!

If you are thinking of, or already are planning on selling your home during the holidays, use our Associates’ tips on home maintenance for the winter and inexpensive home improvement to help make sure your house is ready.

—McEnearney Associates, “Why selling during the holidays can be beneficial”

When’s the best time to buy or sell a home?

MCE for sale signWhen consumers start thinking of buying or selling a home, the first that pops into most everyone’s mind is spring market — the time of year when the most inventory comes on and when competition is at its fiercest. However, with 90 percent of homebuyers today starting their search online, along with the masses of information available online before ever engaging with a real estate agent or mortgage lender, the traditional guiding principles seem to be something of the past.

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Buying or selling a home in 2016 is both harder, easier than before; RA Garlic Mustard Challenge

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  • In case you missed it: Washingtonian magazine named Reston one of the top five best value areas in the Washington region.
  • Luxury-home buyers pay top dollar for white-glove movers that offer meticulous wrapping, climate control and custom crates to move rare items and other valuables (Wall Street Journal – Real Estate, April 27, 2016)
  • Buying or selling a home in 2016 can be both easier and harder than it’s ever been. For first-time home buyers or sellers, there is a lot to navigate. This is especially true for millennials, who are beginning to come out of their economic shells, get married, start families and buy their first home. (Forbes, April 27, 2016)

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