Every year I have this conversation with my sellers. If sellers are willing to tolerate the intrusive nature of listing a home during the holidays, it can pay off with handsome rewards. My experience is that the volume of buyers drops off during December but the number of listings tends to drop more. I see a great deal of "withdrawn" listings begin to appear around Thanksgiving and through the New Year. These are likely sellers that wish to have some peace and tranquility with their families during this period.
The buyers that remain during this time of year tend to be serious about purchasing a home.The looky-loos are at office parties and family gatherings. With a temporarily tighter inventory, and serious buyers, the opportunity for sellers is magnificent. There is no sugar-coating the facts here, selling a home requires a great deal of effort on the part of the homeowner. The home needs to be kept tidy, it needs to be available to show on short notice, and the seller can anticipate a fair number of showings.It will be disruptive, but it will likely be profitable.
As I always mention every year as our weather turns wintry, follow a few key rules to keep a listed home appealing and safe. Keep leaves clear of the rain gutters and off the sidewalk, walkways, and driveway. Keep snow and ice clear of the driveway and walkway as well.If the home has a fireplace, have a fire going during showings and if you like to bake, bake something. One can also find lovely scented candles to add a warm and enticing feel to the property.
Have a great holiday season!