Regular readers are well aware of the holiday slowdown. And anybody who has tried to buy or sell during this time, knows it well.
This can be a great time to buy or sell though. If you are selling a home, consider – Decorations, images of family, joy, and, love are excellent marketing tools. The emotions these things invoke are impossible to duplicate with even the best salesmanship. Part of buying a home is imagining your future there. What better way than to see yourself as you do the family down the street sitting for an elegant holiday meal, or whole families helping to decorate?
One seller’s tip though, make sure your agent knows your holiday schedule and pick convenient times (for you) to go over sales business. You don’t want to be signing papers while stuffing turkeys.
If you’re a buyer, ask your buyer’s agent to look for property that has been on the market for a while. These properties if still listed during the holidays may have very eager sellers who want to get an escrow open before shipping off to Aunt Effie’s.
A tip for both buyers and sellers, don’t be discouraged if you begin to feel things aren’t moving quickly enough during this time. Getting in now will save you a great deal of headache and money, instead of waiting for things to pick up in spring.