Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Looking to Sell For Over Asking? List Your Home in the Winter!

*Synced from Seattle and Real Estate Blog
broadview homewwDespite the long-held idea that winter is the slow season for residential real estate, new data based on a two-year study by Redfin shows that December through March could actually be the prime window for selling your home – and selling it quickly for more than your asking price. Surprisingly, Redfin says that February is the month to list if you’re looking to sell fast, as 66 percent of homes listed in February have historically sold in 90 days or fewer. Hoping for a multiple-offer situation that nets you more than your listing price? Try December. In 2012, the month of December saw the highest percentage of sales fetching prices over asking for the whole year. Redfin found that in many cities, including Seattle, sellers are most likely to sell their homes within 180 days if they list in the winter.
So, why, after years of preaching spring and summer as home-run months for sellers, has the tide turned toward winter? Nela Richardson, chief economist for Redfin, lists a couple of reasons why listing in the winter can work to your advantage. She stated in an article that while there may be fewer people overall shopping for homes in the winter, the ones who are out there looking are serious buyers. People who are casually searching for a home are most likely not going to brave the cold weather or disrupt busy holiday schedules to attend multiple open houses, so sellers are left with only the most motivated buyers.
Similarly, since summer has historically been considered the blockbuster season for selling, winter sellers generally have less competition. Those who are nervous about letting their home sit on the market all winter may pull it off the market, leaving one less home to compete with yours. So, if you’re planning on selling your home but were holding off on listing it until warmer months, it could be worth moving up your timeline to get it on the market sooner. If you are interested in selling your home in the Seattle area, contact your local real estate agent today!

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