The holiday season is upon us, and for some, it's not just about decking the halls with boughs of holly; it's also about finding or selling that perfect home. If you're considering a real estate transaction in December, you're in for a unique experience. Keep in mind that the real state market never stops. In fact I've sold properties on Christmas eve and even New Years Day.
In this post, I'll share some valuable tips to help you navigate the process successfully.
1. Embrace the Advantages
December may not be the busiest time in real estate, but it comes with its own set of advantages. With fewer buyers and sellers in the market, you may encounter less competition. Motivated buyers and sellers are often the ones you'll find during the holiday season, which can lead to smoother negotiations.
2. Deck the Halls (Tastefully)
If you're selling your home during the holidays, don't be afraid to embrace the festive spirit, but do so with a touch of restraint. Consider tasteful decorations that enhance your home's charm without overwhelming potential buyers. A beautifully lit Christmas tree or a classic wreath on the front door can create a warm and inviting atmosphere.
3. Prepare for Winter Challenges
Winter weather can present challenges, so it's essential to be prepared. Make sure pathways and driveways are clear of snow and ice to ensure safe access to your home. Be understanding if showings are delayed due to adverse weather conditions, and work with your realtor to find suitable alternatives.
4. Create a Cozy Atmosphere
When hosting open houses or showings during the holiday season, focus on creating a cozy atmosphere. Consider lighting a fire in the fireplace, offering warm beverages, and playing soft, festive music in the background. These small touches can make potential buyers feel right at home. Don't forget to have a matt placed near the front door where buyers can take off their shoes
5. Other Considerations
Allow additional time for the other party to respond to your offer or counter offer. Demands of the season can impact how long it takes for people to respond. A longer response time does not necessarily mean the do not want to work with you.
It's also important to consider the timing of processes when negotiating your offer. For instance, avoid completion dates in the first week of the New Year. You will need a Lawyer or Notary to assist with your conveyance and many will not be available at that time.
In conclusion, while the holiday season may not be the most conventional time for real estate transactions, it offers unique opportunities and challenges. By embracing the advantages, decorating tastefully, preparing for winter conditions, creating a cozy atmosphere, and acknowledging the emotional aspect, you can successfully buy or sell a home in December.
If you're ready to embark on your real estate journey this holiday season, don't hesitate to reach out. I'm here to help you make your home for the holidays a reality.
Happy house hunting, and may your December be filled with warmth and joy in your new home!