You would rather list earlier and negotiate a lease back or a later closing then to list late and carry the expensives or two homes.
However, in reality you should look at your situation. Which would be more painful?
1. Selling too fast and having to lease back the home, or find short term living arrangements
2. Not selling the home and carrying the cost for several months, possibly missing the market and carrying it into Fall?
No matter how carefully we strategize your marketing plan and when you enter the market, you will never know when that great offer will come in. Either scenario is equally plausible.
My advice is look at which scenario you could deal with (paying on the mortgage longer than you want or selling the home too quickly) and decide based on that.
Remember, you can list the home now and not accept offers if they don't have the terms you need. You might miss out on an opportunity to sell it this way, but you have the final say over the offer.
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Having said that, my gut reaction is to say: Put it on as soon as you can. Just as it's impossible to time the market, it's impossible to to know how long something will take to sell. You list some of the "too early...too late" considerations. Another "too late" consideration: Someone is looking for your type of house and is willing to wait. But your house isn't on the market yet, so they buy another one.
There are a number of ways to address your concerns. None is perfect, but: The listing should indicate that you'd prefer a June closing. Not that you require it, but that you'd prefer it. That actually may help; someone interested in your home may well need to sell one of their own. A June closing gives them more time to sell. Also, for families with children, many/most don't like to move during the school year. Wherever your new buyers are coming from, if they've got kids, they might well prefer to wait until June, as well.
Second, you could do a rent-back if the closing must take place sooner.
Third, you could like in a rental for a couple of months. Not an ideal situation but it'd be a lot better to sell your house for a price you're happy with and have to live in a rental for a month than to miss the opportunity to sell and be paying for two houses simultaneously.
So, discuss those options with your selection of Realtors.
Hope that helps.
SO: If you price right, and make the place look great, you CAN sell!
If you do not have a really good real estate agent who has submarket authority then hire one. The investment in professional help will be worth it
I would get it on the market immediately. It is a great time to purchase with interest rates being this low. As we crest into February the inventory will be increasing and it would be best to have less competition. Now is gives you time to price it properly, have less competition, market it and close the escrow.
It will be far less stressful to have it sold and close and if necessary you can even negotiate a little rent back time. Good luck.
I would list the home as soon as possible--or as soon as it is ready to show.
If an acceptable offer comes in sooner than you expected, count your lucky stars. You may be able to negotiate a later closing or move-out date with the buyer. If not, you may be able to store furniture and move some place else on a temporary basis.
Good luck with your transaction!
Although your home could sell in one day, the likelihood is it won't. If it does you will be extremely lucky. If, as you say, it needs renovations, price it right and list it now or you are going to be paying taxes, electric, etc on two houses once you move.
I grew up in zip code 30345 and went to Lakeside High School. If you would like I will be happy to help you with the market analysis. Feel free to contact me.
You might want to consider hiring the agent now and have them network and market the property for buyers now but wait to place the home in the MLS until the renovations are complete if the renovations are excessive. This way you do not become a "stale" listing in the MLS with no offers if you could in fact have a hot property once the renovations are complete.
First off I would suggest contacting a realtor. You need to find out for your specific neighborhood and surrounding area and within your price range how long things are taking to sell. We take a look at the average days on the market for your area and that should help a little.
It is no guarantee that it will sell within that time. I myself would say to list now and when you get an offer have your realtor negotiate closing dates on your behalf. You may find a buyer that is not ready to move in until that time anyway.
There are also other options out there that a realtor can discuss with you.