Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Should You Take Your Home Off the Market for the Holidays?

Submitted by Fred Eichenhofer, Sierra Pacific Real Estate

Many people who are selling their homes often think that the holiday season is slow season and if they didn't sell their home before labor day they might as well take their home off the market.
Oh contraire. The holiday season is the perfect time to showcase your home and profit from this misconception. Here are 5 advantages! Listing your home for the holidays could gain you the buyer you've been looking for.
• Take Advantage of Reduced Inventory
“Slow” season in the real estate world means reduced inventory available in the market place. Just because it's slow doesn't mean people aren't still looking. So by keeping your home on the market during the holiday season you have a better chance of catching the attention of a would-be homeowner.
• Decorate to Impress
With cheery holiday decorations you create the perfect environment to help others envision them selves in your home. It really is the difference between a potential homebuyer seeing a house versus a home.
• Smells of Home
Home is where the nose is, with holiday baking you will help entice potential buyers into believing this too could be their home with those lovely cookies baking in the oven.
• Tax Advantages
Many people will look to close on a home before the tax year ends so that they can take advantage of some of the home ownership benefits out there for their tax returns.
• Corporate Relocation
Many corporations relocate or transfer their employees at the beginning of the year. This creates a sense of urgency for those transferees to find a house to call home during the holiday season.
Just by keeping these 5 factors in mind, you can create your own holiday luck. Listing your home during the holidays is the first step to getting it seen and on the potential holiday wish list for that lucky family.

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