It’s pretty common knowledge that spring is the best time of year to sell a house. Can you guess the second best? Winter!
Redfin, a real estate brokerage out of Oklahoma crunched the numbers and found that winter listings were the second most likely to have a sale price above asking and to spend fewer days on the market. Even in the cold climates.
That’s pretty relevant to what’s going on in Homer right now. Realtors have some serious buyers in the wings just waiting for house the right to come up. Though there are fewer buyers than in the summer months, those who are looking to buy are serious.
Are you thinking of listing your home this winter? Talk to an agent who can help you get your house sale-ready in the chilly months.
Quick Tips for Winter Selling:
- Clear all snow and ice from the walks and driveways. The last thing you want is for a buyer to slip and fall. Clear a path to any side door, oil tank or outbuilding. Make sure your for Sale signs are visible (not buried in a snowbank).
- Light your home – Remember, you want to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Turn on all the lights before a showing, inside and out.
- Air out your house – This is an important one in winter. Make sure you air our your house (and warm it back up) before a showing.
- Display spring, summer and fall photos of your house so that buyers can get a glimpse of what it’s like in the warmer months.
- There’s such a thing as too much. Too many holiday decorations or overpowering scented candles can turn off even the most determined buyer.