Houses sell in every season, but during the winter months, should you list your house or should you wait until spring?
Winter is not the peak real estate season, but winter home sales are becoming more common. According to Zillow research, 23 percent fewer homes are sold in winter than in spring, and homes listed for sale in the winter stay on the market about five days longer compared to the yearly average time on the market, from listing to closing.
A common misconception is buyer with school-age children typically wait for late spring due to the school year. But actually, less than half of home buyers have school-age children and thus are not limited to a school schedule.
While the house should be warm and cozy, holiday decorations should be kept at a minimum. Perhaps some festive candles or a wreath on the door, but no Christmas trees, Santas, candy canes, excessive outdoor lights, or nativity scenes, please. Why? Because the holiday season is about a month long (Dec 1 – Jan 1) and the median days on the market (DOM) for winter properties is about 92 days according to Zillow. You don’t want your online photos still showing decorations in February.
While it can be a challenge to sell during the winter season, with some helpful strategies, expert tips, and creative marketing, you can find a great buyer for your home any time of year — even in the winter.
Contact Premiere Stagers & Realty at 608-345-9396.