Selling a Home for the Holidays

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With the holidays quickly approaching — and our to-do lists growing a mile a minute — we all find ourselves beginning to prioritize and putting a few items on the back burner. If you are considering moving, don’t let putting your house on the market take a backseat to holiday craziness. Listing your home during the holidays is actually one of the smartest decisions you could make this time of year. Allow me to explain …

Your home will show well decorated for the holidays. Buying a home is a strong emotional experience for many buyers and walking into a house decked out for the season helps buyers imagine making their own special memories in your home.

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Less competition. Waiting until the hustle and bustle of the holidays settles down before listing their house? In reality, this could cost you since there is actually less competition during the holidays. While Mr. Jones down the street is waiting until after New Year’s to put his home on the market, you are ahead of the game and taking advantage of serious buyers and reduced inventory.

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January is a huge time for relocations. Many companies make promotions and relocate employees shortly after the holidays. Tranferees often take time off during the holidays to shop for their new home. Yours should be on their list of potential new places to call home.

True, you may have fewer showings during the holidays, but winter home buyers are generally more serious about making a move. More qualified and motivated buyers makes all the difference in getting your home sold.

— Cara Wilkerson writes the real estate and home improvement blog Live the Home Life

Photo Credits: Cara Wilkerson & Michael Baxley

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