If selling your Long Beach or Lakewood home has been on the back burner of your to-do list, then now is the time to move it to the front and turn up the heat! Though spring and summer are the peak seasons of house shopping, the winter brings its own off-season bonuses to the real estate market. To get a jump start on your competition, consider the beginning of the year when selling your home.
Why? For one, there is less inventory to compete against. Fewer houses mean the chances of showings of your house increase greatly. An added bonus of that? Less times you have to clean up and clear out when your agent wants to bring in potential buyers.
Another reason to sell your home at the beginning of the year is, typically, those looking to buy during winter are doing so because they need too. Whether for work, family or other needs, they’re looking because they need a house now. Let’s face it, no one wants to tromp through rain puddles and mud, or blustery cold days to look at real estate if they don’t have too.
Motive three…money! And not just any money, but TAX money. Buyers who have been waiting for tax returns now have a deposit to put down on their new home. Or, they may be wanting to buy to get an exemption, either way it’s a win-win for homeowners wanting to sell. Another bonus? People want to know that whatever they buy is in working order. Winter time is the perfect chance to show potential buyers how your house stands up to harsh weather conditions. Walking into a warm house, maybe one with a cheery fire burning in the fireplace, with no drafts, or the sound of wind whistling through cracks, will reassure the buyer that your home is sound and well kept.
And last, but not least, with everything in hibernation, you don’t have to worry about cutting the grass or trimming the bushes as often like in the spring and summer. What more could you ask?
So if selling your home in Long Beach or Lakewood is one of your New Year’s resolutions, then consider the beginning of the year and you just may have it sold in advance of the peak season and BEFORE the competition, even starts.
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