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5 Reasons You Should Embrace the Winter Home Selling Season

If you’re a home seller, you should embrace the winter selling season, and there are five reasons why.

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If you’re a home seller, don’t let winter deter you from putting your home on the market. Here are five reasons why the winter is actually a great time to sell your home:

1. Buyers are as serious as you are. With the holiday season in full swing, it’s a busy time of year. If someone’s out touring homes right now, odds are they want to buy quickly. 

2. Buyers care less about a home’s days on market. Because there are fewer active buyers on the market, their motivation for finding a house is higher. The superficial reasons they might have for not buying a home in the spring don’t apply this time of year. 

3. You won’t compete against as many buyers for your next house. If you’re not shopping for homes during the hotter spring months, you won’t have as hard of a time finding your next ideal home. There being fewer buyers also means it would be easier for you to negotiate while having a contingency that your own home sells.

If someone’s out touring homes right now, odds are they want to buy quickly.

4. You’ll get a realistic sense of listing price. As you’re prepping your home for the market, you’ll see other nearby listings that are priced in-line with recent sales in order to attract the right buyers. Just follow their lead and market your home at the price it’s worth based on recent sales of comparable properties. 

5. Spring is just a few months away. If you can’t find a buyer during the winter months, spring is right around the corner, and it’s bound to bring plenty of eager buyers to the market. As long as you keep your home staged and well maintained, buyers who haven’t viewed your listing yet will want to consider all of their options. 

As I always tell my seller clients, you don’t catch fish unless you throw a lure into the pond. 

If you need any help selling your home or you have any other questions about our market, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d be glad to help you.

Here’s Why You Should Stop Renting and Buy a Home

There are plenty of great reasons to buy a home, and here are a few

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If you’re on the fence about buying a home, you should know that homeownership comes with many great benefits that I’d like to share with you.

For your convenience, I’ve provided timestamps of the video above so that you can jump ahead to the section(s) that interest you the most: 

0:30 - What are the benefits of buying a home instead of renting?

2:33 - How is homeownership a good investment? 

3:28 - How does the Basic Allowance for Housing program help military families build equity?

5:28 - Is house flipping a viable investment opportunity in our market?

If you have any more questions about the benefits of homeownership or you have any other real estate needs, don’t hesitate to reach out to me by phone or email. I’d be happy to speak to you.

Why Everyone Should Stage Their Home When Selling

Buyers like seeing staged homes, not messy ones. Here are ways to get your ready for a showing.

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81% of buyers say they can better visualize themselves living in a home if it’s staged. These homes also sell four times faster than unstaged or vacant homes, so needless to say, staging is important. Today, I’ll be sharing six simple ways you can prepare and stage your home for showing.

1. Declutter. Get rid of non-essential items, such as things on tables and counters. Store, pack up, or throw out these items so potential buyers will see a home free of clutter.

2. Depersonalize. Take down family photos, mementos, and knick-knacks. Buyers want a blank slate they can see themselves in and these personal effects can be distracting.

3. Deep clean. Though you may have a weekly cleaning routine, selling a home means you want to pay some extra attention to the places you normally don’t. These neglected areas include lighting fixtures, ceiling fans, shower tiles, and similar things. Carpets and flooring should also not be overlooked.

4. Rearrange furniture. You’ve probably lived in your home with a preferred furniture setup, but removing some unessential pieces of your collection may help rooms open up. You want your home to seem spacious to buyers, and more furniture means less room.

5. Tips for kitchens and bedrooms. For the kitchen, clean each countertop and cabinet as well as remove unneeded appliances—you don’t want more than three on your counter (even fewer if you have a small kitchen). For bedrooms, follow the previous tips with a focus on decluttering. Keep a nice comforter on your bed, adorn it with fluffy pillows, and make it look inviting overall. Because we spend a lot of time in our rooms, buyers will be impressed by one that looks great.

You want your home to seem spacious to buyers.

6. Curb appeal. Make sure your yard is clean and that driveways and sidewalks are swept. Clear anything that has piled up and remove snow when it falls. People even drive by homes before scheduling showings, so you want to make a good impression.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.