The kids are back to school, vacations are over and homeowners begin to wonder whether they should list their home now or wait until spring. Just because summer is over, it doesn’t mean fall isn’t a great time to list your home. Real estate is sold 365 days a year and fall is actually a great time to sell. Anyone that tells you that the fall or winter months are a bad time to sell is not someone you want selling your home! A great real estate agent will know how to help you adapt to the current season and market your listing appropriately. Here are 5 great reasons for selling your home now vs waiting until spring:
#1: We are still experiencing a seller’s market. A seller’s market exists when there is a large number of ready, will and financially qualified buyers and there is a shortage of homes for sale. Listing now often results in a buyer paying market value or more.
#2: Spring and summer are typically high seasons for selling your home. This means the competition is much greater April through August. Listing your home in September, October or November means you have less competition for buyer attention.
#3: Buyer’s who have been looking all summer are much more serious. This increases your negotiation power in getting the best price for your home. “Tire kicker” buyers disappear and people who are very serious about moving are anxious to seal the deal.
#4: Let’s face it, Maine is beautiful in the fall. Curb appeal is hugely important in selling price.
#5: If you’ve been keeping up with real estate this past year, you know that rates remain low but are expected to increase. Because of lower rates, buyers are able to afford more expensive homes. If you wait until spring to list, it could eliminate many buyers from the market and therefore you stand to lose potential buyers and money. This could be an important consideration in today’s market.
**Anne-Marie has been a top-selling broker in southern Maine for 15 years. She has the experience and community connections to deliver successful real estate transactions. She brings her clients service during their transaction, but also personal service beyond the sale. Click here to see Anne-Marie’s Reviews. McKenzieHomeSales@gmail.com or 207-831-9157