HGTVâ€™s real estate site Front Door says the weeks between now and the end-of-the year holidays are the best ones to find a bargain. Here are some of their tips for fall buyers and sellers:
Fall Sellers: Â· Replace faded summer plants with fall-blooming flowers and add autumn decorations to the home. Â· Expect low-ball offers and be prepared with higher counter offers. Â· Freshen up listing photos by shooting pictures that make it less obvious that the seasons have changed. Â· Price the home to sell. A price that is a little lower than the competition may be a winning move. Â· Be willing to show the property and hold open houses whenever potential buyers are ready.
Fall Buyers: Â· Look for motivated sellers who have a reason to move on by the end of the year. Â· Explore new constructions. Builders are often particularly interested in selling before the new tax year. Â· Beware of fall maintenance issues. Consider overflowing gutters and leaf-covered lawns warning signs. Â· Shape offers carefully. Even in this market it is possible to turn sellers off with a too-low bid.