You have received alot of very good answers for why the seller could have put the property on the market now.
The most logical and self explanitory one is that the seller decided that now was the time to do so. Speculation as to the seller's motivations is just that, speculation and is in reality a moot point.
I chose to market selling my personal home during this time period in the past- and I got great activity and really great offers.
Let me know if I can further assist you in any way.
While there are fewer buyers in the market now, those that are out are generally pretty sincere. The number of buyers will decline as we approach the holidays but their sincerity and readiness will rise.
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As Frank said below, we are in our fall market now in the northeast. I specialize in the Amherst, Clarence Lancaster/Cheektowaga area and we just got 3 contracts yesterday on properties. Houses sell 12 months a year.
Frank Dolski MBA, ABR, e-PRO
Coldwell Banker Hearthside Realtores