Should you wait until spring to move?

| Monday, October 18th, 2010 | 1 Comment »

Do you ever hear people say fall and winter are the worst months to move? THEY say “don’t put your house on the market until the spring” or “do you really want to move during the holidays?” Ok, news flash…in my opinion the right time to move is when YOU are ready. Yes, fall and winter may not be ideal but let’s look at this in some new light.

First of all, do you really think you are going to wake up Christmas morning and instead of opening presents you are going to be packing boxes? Um, no. You can time the closing of your house to fall either before or after the holidays. You are not going to be required to put down the Hanukkah candles in order to run over to the escrow office to sign your papers. Here’s another little secret, nobody else wants to work over the holidays either. So when you are writing your offer or reviewing an offer on your home, just make sure it works out for a time that’s most convenient to you.

Secondly, if there are fewer people putting their homes on the market from October to February because they are listening to “those” people, you will have far less competition with other active listings. If you wait until the spring, there is a chance the market will be flooded with new listings and yours will get lost in the shuffle.

Lastly, there are still buyers who have to move sometime during fall and winter and either can’t wait or don’t want to wait until spring. Don’t lose out on these people!

Bottom line: fall and winter don’t have the best track record for home sales but its not the end of the world if that’s when you are ready to move.

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  1. Sheila says:

    As always, you are so right.

    And it’s also a great excuse to not buy your kids lots of Christmas gifts — “Look, Little Johnny. Santa may not have brought you that XBOX you had your heart set on but he did you bring you a new bedroom. And lots more storeage space.”

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