Should You List Your Home in January?

  • December 16, 2015

You’ve made it through the holiday season and are ready to get a jump on 2016. While the market is still typically slower, listing your home for sale in January could be a good decision to get the most out of the market.
 
·  Although the weather is still chilly, the motivation for buyers is heating up. Many have made a New Year resolution to get out of renting and become homeowners. They are eager to jump on the inventory and begin their search for a home. Being one of those homes on the market can mean a quick sale if your home shows well and is listed at an appropriate price.
 
·  Buyers looking for a home are often interested to get into the market when the competition is lighter. These buyers are usually more serious about finding a home and getting the process started. They are willing to brave the cold temperatures to spend weekends at open houses and driving around with their Realtor to get the job done.
 
·  Many people find out about new job opportunities, transfers, or are pursuing their goals with a new company at the beginning of the year. Often times, these changes coincide with a need to relocate. Listing your home during the month of January makes it available to these buyers who need to move quickly and are looking for a home just like yours.
 
·  Waiting until the springtime when everyone else lists his or her home could be detrimental to you if you want to get noticed. With the onslaught of inventory during the warmer months and competition escalating quickly during that time, it could be harder to sell your home for the price you want.
 
·  Another aspect that could help your home sell faster is broadcasting the cozy aspects during the colder months. Showcase your homes ability to maintain warmth, its soft lighting, insulation, and maybe even some holiday décor that allows a borrower to picture themselves in the home surrounded by comfort.
 
So why wait until spring to list your home? Talk to your Realtor today about listing in January and getting the most out of the market.

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