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Should You List Your Home During the Holidays?

Should You List Your Home During the Holidays?
Should You List Your Home During the Holidays?

After all, nobody buys houses this time of year, do they? These days, the answer may be “Yes, they do.”

If you were thinking of waiting until spring or later to sell your home, you might want to consider listing your home now or during the winter months to take advantage of a healthy housing market.

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Advantages of Listing a Home During the Holidays

There are plenty of good reasons to list your home during the holiday season, including the following:

  • You’re likely to find more motivated buyers during this time of year. If they still haven’t found the home they want—or they have a sudden need to relocate—holiday buyers may be more willing to make decisions quickly. In addition, they may be eager to get moved in for their own holiday celebrations, making them easier to negotiate with.
  • Many of this year’s buyers have been disappointed by multiple offers on previous properties. They may be willing to move fast and make an offer before someone else does.
  • The use of virtual tours makes it easier to sell a home with minimal inconvenience. You’ll also cast a wider net when your real estate agent shares your home’s virtual tour on a dedicated website or as an enhanced feature on the MLS.
  • This is a slower time of year for real estate agents as well, so your agent will have more time to focus on your listing. Talk to your agent about ways to get the widest possible audience for your home and its features.
  • Let’s face it, you’re already cleaning and decorating your home for the holiday season. What better time to show it?
cons of listing during the holidays

Challenges of Listing a Home During the Holidays

Of course, listing a home this time of year may bring some drawbacks, including the following:

  • If you are entertaining during the holidays, you’ll want to communicate with your agent about days and times when tours will not be available. They are likely offering virtual tours as a convenient alternative for interested buyers and their agents.
  • If you are traveling during the holidays, you’ll need to ensure that you are available for negotiations and pertinent questions as needed, and that your agent can come in and prepare the home for showing as required.
  • If time is of the essence, it may be difficult to schedule home inspections, appraisals, and closings during the holiday season. Talk to your agent and ensure that he or she has a plan in place to move the transaction forward in the event that you go under contract during the holidays.

Making a Holiday Listing More Appealing

Want to get your home show-ready while also enjoying the holidays with your family and friends? It’s easier than you think. Here are some things to keep in mind.

living room with fireplace and christmas tree

Lighten up on decorations

While you’ll want to enjoy the season, don’t feel the need to cover every possible surface in holiday decor. It’s important for buyers to be able to see the space and get a sense of how it works during the non-holiday months of the year. Go for a more minimalist, decluttered holiday look that enhances, rather than hides, the home.

Focus on outdoor spaces

Even though it’s winter, don’t neglect your outdoor spaces. Keep paths and surfaces clear of leaves and new-fallen snow. Optimize outdoor lighting so that buyers can see well, even when it gets dark early. Create a cozy seating area on the terrace with candles, a firepit, and a basket of blankets.

candles wrapped in burlap with cinnamon sticks

Warm up the space

Speaking of cozy, take advantage of the season to enhance the indoors as well. Greet potential buyers with the scent of something baking in the oven and a plate of holiday cookies on the counter. Light  scented candles and start a fire in the fireplace. Make visitors feel welcome and right at home.

Take photos before you decorate

Just in case your home doesn’t sell before December 25, it’s a good idea to take listing photos before you decorate. You don’t want buyers looking at photos with holiday decorations in mid-January. It will make the listing feel stale, even if it’s only been up for a couple of weeks.

Right-price your home for a faster sale

If you’re motivated to sell, this is not the time to test the market and hold out for a higher-than-average sale price. Talk to your agent about comparable properties in your area, and ensure that you price your home correctly at the beginning of the process for maximum market impact.

A real estate agent or broker has the market insights, professional network, and buyer pool you need to get your home sold any time of year. Talk to them about your timeline and your financial requirements, and they’ll help craft a plan that makes sense for you.

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Kimmer Plunk

Based in Memphis and serving clients in West Tennessee and Northwest Mississippi. Serving others is a reward of its own and part of what makes me happy, and I've been doing that for 30 years through various activities including Girl Scouts, PTO, various board positions, unhoused ministry, and professional, award-winning teaching. I treat others the way that I want to be treated including being readily available, listening to your desires, answering your questions thoroughly, and walking you through the home purchase process. My ultimate goal is to see that you find the home of your dreams and experience the least amount of stress during the process.

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