When Is the Best Time to Sell a House?
I get this question a lot. I wish there was a “magic” answer. Years ago it used to be said that the “hot” market was May to September. But in the Central Missouri region where we live, it can vary. Yes, spring and summer are “typical” times people like to move. School’s out, weather’s good. But I’ve had people tell me they didn’t want to close in July or August because it’s “too hot!” Go figure!
At Advantage Real Estate, we’ve had some really good fall and winter seasons lately. When is the right time to sell your house? When YOU’RE ready! There are buyers all through the year. Maybe less when winter comes, but in my nearly 25 years in this business, I can say we have more MOTIVATED buyers in the winter than would normally be expected! Their house may have just sold; they may have just moved here and need a new place to call home. People buy and sell all through the year, not just when it’s convenient.
So here’s a few tips on what to do first…
Call your favorite Advantage Real Estate agent. He/she will guide you through the steps in getting your house ready to sell. Maybe there’s a few touch-ups needed, decluttering, or a room or two to paint. Maybe a pre-home inspection is in order… If this will improve your resale value, are you willing? We’ll help guide you.
Ask good questions about what we can do for you…what exposure will your office provide? Does your office offer MLS exposure in the Columbia, MO area as well as the Randolph County area? What about internet sites? Which sites do you utilize? What about keeping in touch with feedback after showings? These are all good things to discuss with your agent.
Lastly, be sure to look at accurate comparable sales within the past 6 months to a year old. Anyone can set a price on a home, but will it realistically appraise for the asking price? We want to get it SOLD, not just sit on the market. Hopefully you’ll agree!
We’d love to hear from you! 660-263-3393