Between planning your Thanksgiving meal and making a holiday shopping list, it may seem like a bad idea to list your house. However, many buyers are eager to look for a new house during the holidays, and they are often motivated to close quickly. We’ve outline three top reasons the holidays are a great time to sell a house.
1. Less Competition
Most people who planned ahead to sell their house in 2018 have sold during the previous spring and summer. That means there’s less competition for people selling their house at the end of the year in November and December. It’s a great time for a new listing.
2. People are Actively Shopping for a New House
Every year we sell a lot of real estate in the last few months of the year! That’s because people are out there shopping! We have a few theories about why people are shopping for houses in November and December:
- People have settled into their autumn routine. In September and October there’s less bandwidth for real estate. People are focused on their school and work routine. By November, people are settled and antsy to buy if they haven’t purchased a new home yet.
- Thanksgiving weekend families are out shopping. It’s like the Black Friday shopping fever has extended to real estate. Time and again we sell real estate Thanksgiving weekend. People are happy and fed, and want to go on house tours. With extended family in town, they often want to get a second opinion on homes. A house tour really becomes a family affair, and that energy can translate into closing quickly.
- Families are willing to change schools in the New Year. Parents tend to be concerned about putting their kids in a new school mid-October, but the winter holiday marks a major break in the school year. Many parents feel that the New Year will be an easier time to make the change for their kids.
3. Investors Have a Deadline: December 31
Many investors who want to buy in 2018 need to do it by December 31 for tax purposes. These investors are actively shopping and they have cash to spend. It’s a great opportunity to close quickly on the sale of your house.
Are you considering selling your house, but not sure if it’s the right time for you? Give us a call or email – we are happy to chat about your options!
Want more insight on the best time to sell your house? The lifestyle website House Method recently interviewed us for an article on the best time to sell your house and why.
Erika & Kari
Broker-Esquire | Principal Broker | Seniors Real Estate Specialists | OR
Erika George and Kari McGee are the highly skilled HouseLove PDX team at Living Room Realty in Portland, OR.
As designated Seniors Real Estate Specialists (SRES®), Kari and Erika help Seniors and their families navigate aging in place, downsizing, multigenerational housing, senior community living options, and probate sales. These exceptional real estate agents will help you prepare for life’s transitions with compassion and expert guidance.
Principal Broker Kari McGee is an 11-year Portland Monthly 5-Star Realtor® and has helped clients successfully navigate the evolving Portland real estate market for almost two decades. Realtor® Erika George brings to the table 20 years of experience as an attorney specializing in construction and contracts and has been a full-service real estate broker since 2013.
These experienced real estate agents will help you prepare for life’s transitions with a customized plan designed for your specific goals. Erika and Kari's in-depth market knowledge and savvy data analysis will help you make educated, pro-active decisions that will reduce stress and provide better outcomes for your real estate needs. Given our foremost duty as a fiduciary, be assured that your best interests will always be at the very center of every decision we make together.
And, as the great-granddaughters (they're cousins!) of a professional baker, don’t be surprised if your real estate transaction with Erika and Kari comes complete with pie, cookies, or the best homemade toffee in the world.
We would be honored to help guide you through your changing real estate needs in Portland Oregon.
Erika George and Kari McGee
503.349.5449 | 971.322.6612