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6 Tips for a Fast Winter Sale

Selling your home in the middle of winter doesn’t need to be more stressful than listing it in the spring or the summer. Yes, in the winter, your yard is brown and lacks color, and you have fewer hours of daylight for showings. However, not everyone has the luxury of picking the season to place their home on the market. And you may find it to be surprising, but winter does have its real estate advantages and can be a great time of the year to sell your home. The following is a list of tips to follow for a fast winter sale.

  • Team up with experienced help. Call your local real estate agent first and foremost. Joining forces with a professional is paramount. Your realtor comes equipped with years of experience, knowledge, and familiarity in winter home sales.
  • Price your home accordingly. The first few weeks of your home being on the market are the most crucial. Therefore, your initial list price should be your final price. A property that sits while the seller shaves bits and pieces of the price off becomes stale. Your realtor will perform a Comparative Market Analysis, providing you with an ideal list price.
  • Acknowledge your timing. The busiest time for home sales is in the spring and summer. Consequently, off-season listings can get a lot of attention. If your home is well-maintained and you are willing to price it right, realtors will often urge their clients to list in the winter, as the competition is much slimmer.
  • Prepare for the house hunters. De-clutter the inside of your home and warm it up. Warm and cozy should be your main objective. Utilize all-natural light, start a fire, and have music softly playing in the background. Outside, keep all ice, snow, and/or other winter hazards at bay. If a buyer cannot safely make it into your home, it won’t sell.
  • Take pride in your ownership. When showing your home, ask potential buyers to remove their shoes or slip into provided shoe coverings. By indicating that you take pride in your home’s smaller areas emphasizes that you must also take care of the large-scale areas. The buyer immediately acknowledges that they have entered a well-maintained home.
  • Consider your area and use the season to your advantage. In colder regions, a fresh layer of white snow can very nicely accent your home. And the barren trees can even work to your advantage. With the obstruction of trees in bloom out of the way, beautiful views open up. Remove Santa and his reindeer following Christmas but allow the wreath to stay hung on the front door. In the warmer regions of the country, winter is an ideal time to be showing your home. The snowbirds have all flocked to your neck of the woods, adding the naturalist qualities homebuyers are often looking for.

We must all face the facts. Winter is one of the four seasons. But the real estate market does not recognize it as any different from the other three seasons. Call me today to get started in pricing, preparing, and advertising your home for sale. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find your dream home and/or determine the value of your existing property.

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
nancy@mammothcountry.com
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Broker’s License #01264041

Nancy Davidson is your ultimate real estate resource for Mammoth Lakes, CA and The Eastern Sierra. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Photo by Jessica Johnston on Unsplash

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Home Selling Tips

Are you thinking about selling your home? Even if you were actively involved in the home buying process, the home selling process might be vastly different from the paperwork involved to the way you need to prepare for the selling process. Below are some tips for sellers that will prepare you for your pending transaction.

The greatest number of showings will occur within the first few weeks of marketing, so being fully ready for visiting buyers on day one is critical. Online listing information tends to drive many home showings today. With an increasing number of buyers plugged into online databases, the moment a new home appears on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), interested buyers will want to see it.

Ensure your home is free of clutter and personal items, such as family photos, for showings, and real estate photos. Online images are the first impression of your home for potential buyers, and you want to put your best foot forward. Bear in mind that how your home is styled can make a tremendous difference in how quickly it sells. Buyers need to imagine themselves in your home. One of the best ways to facilitate that is to make your home as anonymous as possible by purging clutter and personal items. You may also find it helpful to remove large furniture pieces to make your home appear more spacious. Ensure your agent uses a professional real estate photographer, and you give them a clean canvas to work with. Twilight photography is also a great way to set your listing apart. Check with your agent to see if they offer this service.

Price your home competitively at the outset. Additionally, be aware of how buyers search for homes. Search parameters matter, particularly when it comes to price ranges. Lowering the listing price by even $5,000 could open up your home to far greater exposure. Online searches rarely, if ever, permit buyers to structure their price range requirements. Instead, they select from preset choices. Because of this, even a small price change can create a huge impact. For instance, a home listed at $255,000, as opposed to $250,000, could easily miss out on many prospects. Preset price search ranges typically benefit those who price at cut-off points. Thus, consider adjusting the price by as little as $5,000 to add many interested buyers to the mix. Since exposure to the maximum number of buyers increases the odds of success, keeping this pricing tip top-of-mind is extremely important.

Keep in mind that the style of your home could appeal to multiple demographics. For instance, the average starter home might appeal to first-time homebuyers and empty-nesters interested in downsizing. Likewise, a house with a bonus space could appeal to multi-generational home buyers or buyers looking for a home with office space or potential for an income suite.

Coupled with these helpful tips and your Realtor’s guidance, home sellers should find the selling process more efficient with greater odds of success at top dollar! If you have any additional questions or concerns about selling your home, I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find your dream home and/or determine the value of your existing property.

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
nancy@mammothcountry.com
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Broker’s License #01264041

Nancy Davidson is your ultimate real estate resource for Mammoth Lakes, CA and The Eastern Sierra. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Image by Gino Crescoli from Pixabay 

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