Let’s consider the pros & cons with listing your home during the winter months

Winter morning

Selling your home in Winter

If you are an Northeast PA homeowner struggling with the decision about whether listing your home for sale during the winter months is good or bad, there are arguments for either choice.
Let’s start with the “pros”:
One of the best things I like about listing your home for sale in the winter months is that the holidays work to your advantage. Nothing says “home” better than a house that is well (and tastefully!) decorated for the holidays. By making sure the decorations accent the house rather than overpower it, you still funnel attention where it belongs: on your house!
Another plus that comes with listing your home in town during the winter months is the logistical reasons that keep the proportion of non-serious “shoppers” from occupying your time. I find that the majority of those who are looking for homes during the winter months are disproportionally intent on actually buying a home.
On the other hand, some of those same logistical forces serve as counterarguments against listing your home during the winter. They are the same reasons many real estate agents tell their clients to wait until the spring to list. It’s true that there are fewer daylight hours for home viewings…not to mention spates of bad weather, and the greater chance that holiday travel will interfere with both buyer and seller schedules.
All in all, I think the arguments cancel each other out: I don’t advise you to allow the time of year to prevent you from listing your home in any season. If you are otherwise ready to sell your home this month or next, I say — make the most of the season! Who knows – it has happened more than once that the right buyer is out there right now. I have marketing plans for area homes that work every month of the year — if you are ready to sell, I’d be delighted to help you launch your sale this holiday season!

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A few things to think about when beginning your New Home Search

Before you begin your new home search it’s very important to create your own “reality shopping list” that will help you prioritize your choices because looking for a home is a very time-consuming activity, especially if you have not properly narrowed  what you need vs. what you want.

Ask yourself, do I NEED:

v  A specific number of square footage for comfortable living?

v  An eat-in kitchen?

v  Garage or basement for storage needs

v  Proximity to a specific school

v  All living areas on the first floor for health reasons?

Then ask, do I WANT:

v  A pretty view

v  Skylights

v  Carpeting colors or wood floors

v  Pool

Make sure to differentiate between the two and create the goal that emphasizes both criteria yet remains inside your budget.  Once you have a clear view of what your next house has to have, the job of finding the right one will become easier!

Equally important is to focus, as specifically as possible on these larger questions:

  • Why am I buying a new home?
  • What area do I really want to be in?
  • What do I want my home to be close to? Urban, country setting?
  • Is neighborhood stability a priority?
  • How much space do I need and why?
  • Which is more critical: location or size?
  • Would I be interested in a fixer-upper?
  • How important is home value appreciation?
  • Would I be interested in a condo?
  • What features and amenities do I want? Which do I really need?
  • What type of home am I looking for?
  • What are the schools like?

Once you are pre-approved and ready to begin your search, how or where do you begin? There are a lot of homes out there and diving in without a guide can become overwhelming and confusing.  A great agent will help you more accurately pinpoint homes that fit your criteria. The right home will meet all your important needs, and as many of your additional wants as possible.  Give me a call and I will be your guide through this challenging but exciting journey!