Another year has simply flown by, and already we’re getting into the early stages of Christmas fever. The occasional carol is creeping its way into the music playing at the shops, we’ve noticed, and the odd box of Christmas candy on the shelves!
With the end of year festivities fast on their way, we’d recommend anyone thinking of selling their home before Christmas to get the ball rolling immediately. In fact, this is probably your last chance if you want to get sold and moving on in life before Christmas or the start of next year.
Why Should I Sell My Home Over the Christmas Period?
This is a great question, because for many people going through such a big life event at this time of year doesn’t seem appealing. But there are three distinct benefits to selling now that the savvy real estate vendor will appreciate. Let’s take a look at what they are:
Less Houses on the Market
As mentioned, most people just won’t think of putting their house on the market now. They’d rather be on holiday, soaking up the end of year vibes somewhere nice. So if you do put your home on the market, there will be less properties to compete with. Less properties can mean more competition for buyers amongst what is there, which will drive prices up to higher than they were expecting to pay.
Potential for a Quick Sale
You’ll often find that buyers looking around at this time of year have work and family deadlines they want to stick to. They might want to be settled in their new home before the first term starts next year, or even before Christmas. Maybe they’re starting a new job in January and need to be in before then. Either way, buyers are going to want to get the real estate transaction completed before the end of the year and may end up being happy to pay more to ensure they get the home thy want.
The buyers around at this time of year aren’t time wasters. They’re serious about making a real estate purchase, because they are serious about moving themselves or their families before Christmas or the New Year. Vendors can go into negotiations knowing the buyer is less likely to mess them around in any way.
How Long Does Will Take to Sell My Home?
Finding the right buyer in a short space of time can be dependent on a number of factors, in particular the agent you choose. The Henry Wong Team® has managed to find buyers before the home goes to market on many occasions. Generally, it takes about 20 days or less to sell your home with us via out well thought out strategies. That’s 20 days to get an unconditional sale.
If you want to be sold and on your way by Christmas, you need to get your property onto the market as soon as possible. Better to get it listed so you can take advantage of the three benefits listed above.
If you’ve made up your mind to sell your property, getting it onto the market doesn’t take too long. Agency contracts need to be signed and prepared and a contract of sale needs to be drawn up by a solicitor. Then you’ll talk to your real estate agent about a price point, and they’ll organise professional photography and other marketing materials. All in all, listing your property won’t take more than a few days.
Some Tips for Selling Around Christmas Time
There are some things you can do to make it a lot easier on you and your family with selling your home and then moving house over the festive season. Herer are some of them:
Choose the Right Real Estate Agent
You want someone who is going to be there for you when all other agencies have closed their doors. Someone who you feel comfortable picking up the phone day or night to call and get an update. The right agent will go the extra mile in marketing your home to find the right buyer over the festive season and will have a proven track record of sale in your area.
We’d recommend getting a pre-moving checklist made up, so you can do things systematically and methodically when the time comes. There’s a lot to think about, from settling final bills to organising removalists, changing banks and so on. You don’t want to be stressed out and overwhelmed and forget certain things.
Declutter Your Home
A smart, tidy and streamlined home is going to catch a buyer’s attention more than a home which is spilling over with your day-to-day stuff. They want to see the available space and be able to imagine themselves living in your home. The less cluttered it is, the easier it is for them to do.
Be Realistic with Your Price
If you price your home too high, you’re going to scare buyers away. Be strategic and competitive with your price and ensure there is space left for negotiation.
Choose the Number 1 Social Media Agent on the Southside to Sell Your Home
If you’re on the southside of Brisbane and looking for an agent to sell your home over the festive season, look no further than Henry Wong. Henry’s impeccable track record in Wishart and the surrounding areas is testament to his skills in selling property. He’ll be able to answer any questions you have right now, so get in touch with or his team today!