Think Taking Your Home Off the Market for the Holidays is a Good Idea? Think Again

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Think Taking Your Home Off the Market for the Holidays is a Good Idea? Think Again

christmas tree, christmas, holidays, co real estate, colorado real estateThe amount of activity in December can be dizzying, especially if you are trying to sell your house. Juggling a full schedule and keeping your house spotless is enough to drive some people mad. Taking your house off the market until after the holidays seems like the perfect solution.

Not only are you worrying about your own full schedule, you’re expected to keep your home spotless in case you get a showing. The holidays are a slower time for real estate, so who knows if you’ll even get one. And if you get the one–an offer on your house–do you really want to bother with negotiating the sale of your home during such a hectic time of year? Why not just forget about all of this until 2012?

As appealing as the idea may be, taking your home off the market for the holidays may be a mistake. Here’s why.

  • Your house looks great with all those decorations. This is the only time of year we put so much effort into making our homes look fantastic and ready for entertaining. Why waste it? Potential buyers will notice how warm and cozy your home can be during the holidays, and who knows–they might want to make it their own. “My house looks way more inviting during Christmas time, when we still have the lights and tree up,” says Mike Wurzer, whose Castle Pines Village home is on the market this season.
  • A relocating family may fall in love with your home. Some families are forced to relocate during the holidays, and simply must find something ASAP.  People relocating in the spring also often use their holiday time off to buy a home. Taking your home off the market makes you invisible to these extremely motivated buyers.
  • Some buyers prefer to shop during the slower season. They want to avoid being pressured to make a decision, and feel more at east having fewer buyers to compete against. People without school-age children are especially likely to make this choice, since enrollment deadlines aren’t a factor.
  • Holiday home buyers are far more serious. No one else is out house hunting, so the few that are mean business.
  • You won’t have to pack up and move on Christmas Day. If your house goes under contract, you can schedule everything around your holiday plans, and arrange your closing date and move-out for after the New Year.
  • Realtors are hungry for business. With fewer buyers and fewer listings, agents are working harder than usual to show homes.

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