Selling a Home in the Winter in Harrisburg PA - Why Would Anyone Pass up a Great Time to Sell? Why is there such a stigma against selling a home in the cooler months of the year? Sure, it may not be as easy to jump in one’s car and drive over to the next open houses, but if you think about it – there is really no reason why a home couldn’t sell just as easily during the off-peak season as it does in the spring and summer.
One of the most common things we see as Realtors is that homeowners will list their home on the market – and given the state of our market lately – if selling a home within a certain time frame leading up to the winter season does not happen, they proceed to take the property off the market. The general consensus is that there will not as many buyers out there and since the market will be slow, best to wait on selling a home until things pick up again.
This school of thought is contrary to what most real estate agents already know. When you get into the months that end in “er” (September, October, November, December) and onwards, the buyers that are looking are truly serious contenders for the properties that are currently on the market at the time. As a seller, nothing could be better for you when selling a home than knowing whatever offers are coming are solid, quality offers coming from people who have made the effort to seek out the perfect property despite the cooler weather, holidays or lesser inventory.
The single best advantage you will have over others if selling a home during the winter season, is to be able to gain exposure to quality, serious buyers.
Serious Buyers Have Less Homes to Consider
Keep in mind that come early spring when everyone else jumps on the bandwagon and lists their property, there will suddenly be an influx of new listings and equally, if not more, new buyers to go along with it. More competition? Sure. But it also means that you will have a lot more browsers while selling a home, rather than actual prospective buyers.
Fewer Inventory Means Your Home Can Be One of the Better Properties
It goes without saying that the more competition you have, the harder it will be for you to sell a home. When selling a home, if your home is listed during less busy time of the year in terms of real estate, your chances of being a stronger contender are significantly higher. Yours will likely stand out from other properties and you will have the opportunity to have one of the better ones available to buyers looking to close on a deal now.
Market Conditions Are Ripe for Buyers and Buyers Know It
Many potential investors and existing homeowners are seizing the opportunities that present themselves these days when selling a home, given the record low interest rates as well as significantly lower property values. Oftentimes the people seriously looking to buy are either upgrading into a new property or they want a second or subsequent one. These buyers know that the current market conditions will not last forever and they are ready to purchase the right property when it comes along.
Why Would Anyone Pass up a Great Time to Sell? Selling a Home in the Winter in Harrisburg PA? Now, why wouldn’t you want to be among a smaller pool of available top-quality homes? Put your home on the market now– and leave it for sale all winter – and you will very likely sell your home faster than you imagined.
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Ken Huebsch: Your premier real estate agent in the Greater Harrisburg area. I am a specialist in Harrisburg real estate as well as the communities of Palmyra, Hershey, and Hummelstown. My wife Leslye and I have a combined 40+ years' experience serving our clients -We KNOW Harrisburg. When you plan to buy or sell Harrisburg area real estate, allow us to work for you. We are dedicated professionals and are here for your success.
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