When is the best time to put a house on the market in Washington, MO?

Asked by Desi, 63090 Sun Nov 6, 2011

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Daniel Smrt, Agent, Washington, MO
Mon Nov 7, 2011
Hi Desi,
A better question is " Based on current active comparable properties and based on recent sold listings can a sale now achieve my net profit goal " Only a Realtor will be able to do the research and recommend if now is a good time to sell ?

As far our local stats:
---Inventory is down 20% From last 60 days as well as this time last year
---sales and pending sales have decreased about 10% which is to be expected as we are in the seasonal transition

Spring vs. winter selling:

pros: larger pool of buyers, curb appeal can be enhanced.
cons: larger inventory for buyers to choose from

pros: less comparable inventory on market for buyers to choose from, possible more mortgage monies available, possible less title issues and closing times, some buyers look forward to moving during holiday breaks, some buyers need to buy real estate by year end for taxes.

cons: if your rural will buyers need 4 wheel drive to see your property ( weather issues ).

I hope I have passed on some knowledge to you...

Daniel Smrt
Coldwell Banker PREMIER group
1351 S Jefferson
Washington, MO 63090
"Just Look For the Signs "
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Michelle Sto…, Agent, Washington, MO
Fri Sep 6, 2013
The time of year that you list, is not as important as listing when YOUR house is ready! Make sure to make your home as "show ready" as possible. Of coarse, if your home has a pool or other out door improvements, listing in the summer is preferable. Winter homes on the market sometimes work, as its pretty sure to be "buyers" not just "lookers" that come through your home. Finally, make sure you list the home at its correct market value. Over priced homes may sit on the market for "many" selling seasons....
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jerry weiche…, Agent, Kirksville, MO
Tue Nov 8, 2011
I think summer time is the best.
New Buyers with children want to move in the summer before school starts.
Also Sellers can show off their landscaping or backyard bbq for new buyers.
When you do put your house on the market, make sure all the small stuff is taken care of.
Like new paint or carpet to brighten up the rooms.
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Tim Page, , 99037
Mon Nov 7, 2011
In general, in the summer months when school gets out and before school starts is the best time to list your home. Research shows that sales and listings of homes will increase during this time and give you a higher probability of selling your home because there are more buyers and home prices usually sell for more during the summer months too. Many buyers do not want to look at homes in the snow and cold. That said, you never know when you'll get a buyer for your home and if you have to sell, you have to sell.
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Frank Dolski, Agent, Lahaska, PA
Mon Nov 7, 2011
My professional answer is that if your home is ready to list, do not wait! This market is much different than any other and mosdt peole would wait until the Spring. many buyers are still out there and if your home is not up for sale, it cannot sell. Another way to look at it is if sellers do things like in the past and wait, there will be much less inventoory and therefore competition. If you do list your home, make sure that it is staged, decluttered and shows its best.

Goood Luck!
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Dale Weir, Agent, Chesterfield, MO
Sun Nov 6, 2011
When the seller is motivated to sell. The old adage about people buying and selling in the spring & summer was from a time period when the majority of homes were bought by families with children. Now the majority of homes are bought by couples who do not have children at home and by single individuals
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