Most sellers don't list their home in the winter, but wait for spring or even summer before contacting a Realtor. But they might be missing out. Homes show well dressed up in their holiday finest and potential homebuyers looking at home during this time of year tend to be serious about moving. So if you're planning to list your home after the new year, consider these reasons not to wait:
1. Less Competition. There are fewer houses on the market. The housing market in Reno-Sparks has been steadily strong the last few years. New homes are being built and many homeowners have finally seen their home equity grow. It's been a seller's market. But now, during real estate's slower season, there are even fewer homes on the market, which could mean more demand for your home.
2. Relocation Buyers. Many companies will relocate their employees before the new year. Take advantage of this group of homebuyers and list now, not in the Spring.
3. Holiday Decor. Homes show nicely during the holidays. The wreaths, candles and winter decor just make a home seem more "home-y". One word of caution: if you go all out in your decorating, maybe hold back a little this year. If a potential home buyer can't squeeze around your Christmas Village display to get into the dining room, it may leave a bad impression of the house. Make sure your decor enhances the best qualities and space in your home.
4. Serious Homebuyers. No one wants to move in the middle of the holiday season. Kids are in school, you have less daylight, and it's cold. So you know that anyone looking for a new home right now is more likely to be serious potential home buyer, not someone casually playing with the idea of moving.
If you are interested in selling your home, we would love to help. We offer a complimentary home valuation so you know the value of your home and we have customized marketing plans so your home is viewed by serious buyers once it is listed. If you have any questions about buying or selling real estate in Reno or Sparks, please give us a call at 775-453-4568 or contact us here.