Should I be on the Market During the Holidays?

I know, the holidays are coming – Thanksgiving, then Christmas – or maybe for you it is Hanukkah or Kwanzaa.  Heck, I have even celebrated Boxing Day with friends from England!  There are the parties and get-togethers, there is shopping and gift wrapping, there is decorating, there are guests and family coming and going.  You want to sell your home, but it can be a difficult decision to make.

First, holidays and memories with your family and friends are important.  Don’t stop having those memories and visits just because your home is on the market.  Most buyers looking during the holidays will understand that there are special considerations at this time of the year.  They can look past the extra decorations, but the decorations may add some warmth to the home as well.

Try your best to accommodate showing requests. Think of it this way – a buyer who is looking during the holidays may be a very serious buyer to interrupt their holiday with the additional stress of house hunting.  This does not mean that if a request is made for Christmas Eve at 7:30 you have to show your home.  Just be reasonable and try and work around your holiday schedule.  If you cannot make a specific showing time request, maybe suggest an alternative time – see what you can make work.

Every location can be different, but in the St. Augustine area, we can get a number of visitors to our area during the holiday time frame.  People will come to visit family and friends for the holidays and want to take time for their own home search.  We also get a number of visitors to see our beautiful Nights of Lights celebration and they may decide to view homes while here.  We also get some early snowbirds, who come down from the cold north and may be starting to look for their new home.  So, I do feel it is important that you do not pull your home off of the market during the holidays because you may be missing some potential buyers.

If you need help with the marketing of sale of your home during the holidays, or you are one of those buyers that may need to be completing your home search just let me know how I can be of help!

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