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Why the holiday season is a selling season

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November 26th, 2013

Personal Moving Consultant As the holidays approach, I am always asked the same question: Is the holiday season a good time to sell your house or is it best just to wait until after the New Year? Actually, the best time to sell is during or right after the holiday season. You can even leave your house on the market and take the option to delay your closing or restrict showings on particular days you want to celebrate the holidays.

Ten reasons

Here s why holiday time is prime selling time: 1. People who look at your house over the holidays are serious buyers. 2. Most sellers take their homes off the market during the holidays. That means less competition for you and a better chance for your house to stand out. 3. Some buyers must purchase by the end of the year for tax purposes or homestead exemptions. 4. Houses tend to show better when they are decorated for the holidays. 5. Buyers tend to be more emotional and spend more money during the holidays. 6. Buyers have more time to shop over the holidays and can visit during weekdays. 7. January is a popular month for job transfers, so buyers may be looking to relocate before the New Year. 8. The spring selling season isn t as relevant as it used to be. Today, more than half of home buyers are unmarried and their decisions are not based upon the school year. 9. Interest rates are still at an all-time low, and there is no guarantee of what the New Year will bring. 10. Some buyers will purposely wait until their families are together for the holidays to start looking for a house. Don t waste this opportunity to show serious buyers your house in its holiday splendor. An experienced real estate agent, like those in the Erickson Realty and Moving Services network, can ease you through the process, and you can still enjoy all your holiday celebrations.