Fall is considered to be “off season” for real estate but I’ve found that between September 1 and October 31 is a really good time to sell. In fact, we help almost as many people sell their homes in the fall as we do in the spring. Today, I’m sharing 5 reasons why you should list your home in the fall and 3 tips to help you secure a buyer.
1. LESS COMPETITION
Fewer homes for sale may mean that your humble abode could suddenly be the best looking house in town. Plus, don’t be surprised if you score a higher selling price, faster. Why not list your home now before there are more homes for buyers to choose from next year?
2. SERIOUS BUYERS
Because fall isn’t traditionally a popular buying season, people that are looking right now tend to be serious buyers. They may have held off on making an offer in the spring, and they’re willing to brave upcoming bad weather and squeeze in showings between school and holiday activities.
3. AUTUMN EMOTIONS
Buying a home is an emotional decision and a little fall magic goes a long way in helping a potential buyer picture their family gathering in your home. Fall leaves are vibrant right now and there’s a lot you can do to make your home warm and welcoming: decorate your porch with mums and pumpkins, display bright red apples in your kitchen, and bake a fresh loaf of pumpkin bread before showings.
4. STRONG BUYERS
If you sell your home now, you can make a non-contingent offer in the highly competitive new year. A stronger offer increases your odds of standing out from the crowd and securing your dream home.
5. IT’S STILL A SELLER’S MARKET
The real estate market still favors sellers and inventory numbers haven’t changed much from this time last year. And once you’re ready to buy, rates are holding at 3.55% to 4.0%
TIPS TO HELP YOU SECURE A BUYER
1. CURB APPEAL
In addition to decorating your front porch, don’t forget to rake leaves, weed, and clean your gutters.
2. HEATING SYSTEM
Make sure your heating system works so that potential buyers don’t go cold on making an offer. Check your HVAC system and put in a new filter so that the air is clean.
3. PRICE CORRECTLY
This is a short selling season, so be careful not to overprice your home. There’s just not enough time for price adjustments.
Broker Robin Steigmann just sold this home in less than one week with multiple offers. Prior to listing, she decorated with fall flowers and apples to create subtle magical moments in the home.
Call us today to learn how we can help you with your home listing needs!