Holiday Boat Parade, St Petersburg, Florida (photo A. Weller)
In our area, the St Petersburg/Clearwater/Tampa Bay area, the holiday season can be one of the busiest times of the year with buyers flocking here from colder areas of the world. So putting a home on the market now can be quite rewarding. These 10 tips in the following article can make a difference as to how your property is seen by buyers. Obviously, not all of these tips may be appropriate for your area or situation.
The holiday season from November through January is often considered the worst time to put a home on the market. While the thought of selling your home during the winter months may dampen your holiday spirit, the season does have its advantages: holiday buyers tend to be more serious, and competition is less fierce with fewer homes being actively marketed. First, decide if you really need to sell, really. Once youâ€™ve committed to the challenge, don your gay apparel and follow these tips from FrontDoor.
- Deck the halls, but donâ€™t go overboard.
Homes often look their best during the holidays, but sellers should be careful not to overdo it on the decor. Adornments that are too large or too many can crowd your home and distract buyers. Also, avoid offending buyers by opting for general fall and winter decorations rather than items with religious themes.
Holiday decorations in downtown St Petersburg, Florida (photo A. Weller)
Hire a reliable real estate agent.
Staging tips for the holidays
That means someone who will work hard for you and wonâ€™t disappear during Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Yearâ€™s. Ask your friends and family if they can recommend a listing agent who will go above and beyond to get your home sold. This will ease your stress and give you more time to enjoy the season.
How to choose a great listing agent
Seek out motivated buyers.
Anyone house hunting during the holidays must have a good reason for doing so. Work with your agent to target buyers on a deadline, including people relocating for jobs in your area, investors on tax deadlines, college students and staff, and military personnel, if you live near a military base.
Learn why selling during the holidays is not all bad
Price it to sell.
No matter what time of year, a home thatâ€™s priced low for the market will make buyers feel merry. Rather than gradually making small price reductions, many real estate agents advise sellers to slash their prices before putting a home on the market.
Price low to sell high
Make curb appeal a top priority.
When autumn rolls around and the trees start to lose their leaves, maintaining the exterior of your home becomes even more important. Bare trees equal a more exposed home, so touch up the paint, clean the gutters and spruce up the yard. Keep buyersâ€™ safety in mind as well by making sure stairs and walkways are free of snow, ice and leaves.
Tips for winter curb appeal
Take top-notch real estate photos.
When the weather outside is frightful, homebuyers are likely to start their house hunt from the comfort of their homes by browsing listings on the Internet. Make a good first impression by offering lots of flattering, high-quality photos of your home. If possible, have a summer or spring photo of your home available so buyers can see how it looks year-round.
How to take better real estate photos
Create a video tour for the Web.
Youâ€™ll get less foot traffic during the holidays, thanks to inclement weather and vacation plans. But shooting a video tour and posting it on the Web may attract house hunters who donâ€™t have time to physically see your home or would rather not drive in a snowstorm.
10 tips for filming your own home tour video
Give house hunters a place to escape from the cold.
Make your home feel cozy and inviting during showings by cranking up the heat, playing soft classical music and offering homemade holiday treats. When you encourage buyers to spend more time in your home, you also give them more time to admire its best features.
Attract buyers with an inviting atmosphere
Offer holiday cheer in the form of financing.
Bah, humbug! Lenders are scrooges these days, but if youâ€™ve got the means, then why not offer a home loan to a serious buyer? You could get a good rate of return on your money.
Learn more about owner financing
Relax â€” the new year is just around the corner.
The holidays are stressful enough, with gifts to buy, dinners to prepare and relatives to entertain. Take a moment to remind yourself that if you donâ€™t sell now, thereâ€™s always next year, which luckily is only a few days away.
Tips to ease your holiday selling stressÂ
More Holiday decorations in downtown St Petersburg, Florida (photo by A.Weller)