Fall is here. Which means the “holiday season” is creeping up on us.
Which, when you’re a real estate agent, inevitably brings questions about whether it makes sense to even list a house for sale, or start looking to buy a house at this point, or…
“Should we wait ‘til Spring?”
If that’s ever crossed your mind, you’re not alone. Lots of people think that way.
The most common reasons sellers give: there are less buyers looking.
The most common reason buyers give: there aren’t as many houses for sale.
Kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy…but, also kind of a myth.
And when it comes to Fall, the main reason real estate agents give is because there are usually less houses on the market to compete with. Or, the buyers in the market are more “serious”.
My Reasons for Fall Selling
To me, the best reason for selling in the Fall (or any other time of year for that matter) is because you need to. If you don’t need to sell…wait. Not until Spring. Wait until you need to.
Wanting to sell your house isn’t a bad reason. However, selling a house is a pretty big decision, and too many homeowners put their homes on the market prematurely.
I don’t have any proof, but I have to wonder if this mindset wasn’t started by part-time real estate agents who wanted down time during the holidays to shop, bake, and go to parties.
It’s a myth I wish truly existed. Because, while there’s certainly busier times of the year, as a full-time agent, I know there’s always great houses being sold and bought. Not just during the season, but even on holidays.
(I’m lucky to enjoy just a few hours on an actual holiday without some amount of work for my clients.)
Spring is a long ways away. And there are plenty of houses to buy…and plenty of buyers to sell to between now and then.