One of the great myths about buying or selling a home is that it cannot be done during the holiday season. “People are too busy” or “no one wants to move during the holidays” are typical, yet incorrect, excuses.
Often, we find that if someone is buying or selling during the holidays, they are highly motivated and willing to make the transaction happen. As a buyer or seller, this can mean good things for you in a few ways.
If you are considering selling or buying a home at this time of year, don’t fear; we are here to show you how this decision can benefit you! As your Memphis-area Realtors, our team at Marx-Bensdorf, REALTORS offers tips for home buyers and sellers to make the most of this time of year.
Buying A Home During the Holidays
What better gift to give yourself than the gift of a new home? Although you may be making plenty of other purchases during this busy time of year, there is no investment as great as finding a new home.
Here are 3 reasons to buy a home during the holidays:
1. A Merry Market
Since people are less likely to buy a home this time of year, you are up against less competition for houses that are on the market. Avoid bidding wars and find the home of your dreams by searching during this time of year.
Additionally, this time of year often presents excellent interest rates to buyers. Ask your Realtor to recommend home loan officers who can guide you through this process today.
2. Spirited Sellers
As we mentioned above, sellers tend to be more motivated when selling this time of year. Common reasons for moving are new jobs, new schools, and other new changes that the New Year brings. If a house is on the market this month, it shows that sellers are likely priced to sell and ready to move.
3. Dashing Through Closing
Along with sellers who are ready to leave their homes, everyone involved in the home buying process will be eager to reach closing. From home loan officers to closing attorneys, those who are part of the transaction’s closing will be ready to close their books for the year and take off for their vacation time!
To get started on your home search today, check out our Property Search page and contact one of our Realtors today.
Selling Your Home During the Holidays
While we have listed the ways buying a home is beneficial during the holidays, it is important to point out the advantages of selling. By examining both sides, you can get a sense of the pros and cons from each perspective.
Here are our tips for selling your home during the holiday season:
1. Warm Wishes
Especially during this time of year, it pays to offer a warm, calm, and welcoming space to potential home buyers. During open houses or when a home viewing is scheduled, keep lights soft and inviting, offer a plate of freshly baked cookies, and keep scents neutral or slightly seasonal.
2. (Carefully) Deck The Halls
From outside to inside, it is important that your home shows well for buyers.
Enhance curb appeal by staying ahead of falling leaves, clearing your yard, pathways, and driveway for visitors. Keep holiday decor to a minimum; a tasteful wreath or a little garland can make for a festive, yet unobtrusive, way to celebrate.
Inside your home, remember the key to selling your home: you want potential buyers to easily picture themselves living in your space. Be mindful of potential buyers, who may not celebrate traditions you do. Of course, keep your Christmas tree or menorah up in your home, but limit decorations throughout the home.
Plus, if you do not decorate as much for the holidays, there is even less you will have to pack once your home sells!
3. The Right Realtor
By selecting a Realtor with the right connections and the ability to find motivated buyers, you have a leg up in the selling process.
Our agents at Marx-Bensdorf, REALTORS also do more to give your property great exposure. We share your listing on our website, on real estate search websites and apps, on social media, through placed advertisements, and through video and beautiful photography of your home; we are always looking for more ways to help your home sell.
Learn more about our agents, and find a Realtor who can help you today!
Happy Holidays From Your Mid-South Realtors
Whether you are buying or selling a home now, have worked with us in the past, or are considering us for the future, all of us at Marx-Bensdrof, REALTORS would like to thank you for your continued business.
It is thanks to our clients from across the Mid-South area that we have been named Memphis’ Best Real Estate Company for three years running. And it is also thanks to you that we get to do what we love every single day.
We wish you a happy holiday season and a wonderful start to 2017!