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What makes spring the perfect time to sell your house?

Experts shed light on commonly held belief

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February 21st, 2012

Each spring, flowers start pushing through the soggy ground. The season for growth and rebirth, spring is also a perfect time for selling a house and, like that newly sprouting flower, a perfect time to embark on a new adventure. Especially in Colorado. Spring is a wonderful time to put a house on the market in Denver, says Beth Brandenburg, personal moving consultant for Wind Crest, the Erickson Living community in Highlands Ranch, Colo. I would honestly say the weather is the reason why most people put their houses on the market during this time, Bradenburg says. Sure, it could snow here in Denver, but it only lasts that day and the next could be 50-plus degrees. With 300-plus days of sunshine in the mile-high city, it makes a great place to retire, and over 25% of our residents have moved to Wind Crest from other states because of the amazing beauty and weather.

New beginnings

Jason Atwell, director of sales and marketing at the community, attributes the spring selling season to winter house maintenance. Winter takes a toll on a house, says Atwell. People who want to stop worrying about the unseen damage and wear-and-tear that winter does over time consider selling in the spring for a move to a community like Wind Crest, where the maintenance and repairs are our responsiblity. Either way, Atwell says spring makes people feel vibrant and alive. Use that spring energy to take the next step, and we re here to help. Each Erickson Living community provides selling and moving help through Erickson Realty and Moving Services. The complimentary program helps people through each step of the selling and moving process, from downsizing to staging to finding the perfect real estate agent. The advantage to putting a house on the market in March, April, or May is that you can beat the competition to the market while appealing to an increasing supply of buyers, says Tupper Briggs, Erickson Realty and Moving Services preferred real estate agent with Re/Max. Home sellers seem to feel that the time to go to market is when the grass is green and the leaves are on the aspens that s around May or June while seasonal buyer activity seems to pick up earlier than that, he adds. As a result, spring is characterized by less inventory to compete against and a gradually growing pool of buyers to appeal to. Real estate agents from all over the state agree that spring is a unique time in Colorado and a great time to sell. Colorado doesn t have a specific timeframe or season that is truly weather dependent, says Rob Stark, preferred real estate agent with Re/Max. What many people living outside of the state don t realize is snow in the Denver Metro area in the springtime is usually gone within a few days. It would not be unusual to have a blizzard on Monday and wonder if you should put on shorts to walk your dog on Tuesday afternoon.

Unique market

If you still hold trepidations about a springtime market, trust the experts who know both the market and the weather. I truly believe any time is a good time to move if you are using the right real estate agent and you are willing to price your house appropriately, says Atwell, but for some reason, it is commonly held that spring is a good time to move. Most importantly, you have to be ready to make the move. We do suggest to all of our clients that there isn t a best time to buy or sell, and they should time their move around their personal circumstances rather than the market, Briggs says. Colorado has beautiful weather 50 out of 52 weeks of the year, so it s an ideal place to live, says David Simonson, Erickson Realty and Moving Services preferred real estate agent with Re/Max. People tend to think of spring as a new beginning and end up more prone to buy and sell at this time. And because of the weather, we have a unique market here, Simonson says. Where else can you snow ski in the morning and play golf in the afternoon, all while enjoying some of the freshest air in the nation?