The Benefits of Selling Your Home in the Winter

It’s cold.  It’s windy.  It’s wet.  We all know that winter weather can slow the real estate market down a little bit and that can feel very scary if you need to sell your house.  But never fear!  There are some great benefits to selling your home during the winter months.  In this video, Sumer and Beth discuss five reasons why you need not fear putting your house on the market during the winter.

If you are a reader, here’s a recap of the five reasons why you can list your home with confidence in the winter months.

  1. Home ownership comes with tax deductions.
    Buyers who close by December 31, can deduct mortgage interest, property taxes, points on their loan and interest costs. These deductions are significant, and you can count on there being some motivated buyers out there looking to take advantage of the tax benefits before year’s end.
  2. Only serious buyers house hunt in winter
    During the spring and summer months you might waste a lot of time showing your house to people who are really only out to window shop.  Cold weather tends to keep all those “looky loo’s” home, so that you only spend your time and effort on serious buyers.
  3. Relocation is Year-Round
    Because we live in an area with several large corporations like Walmart, J.B. Hunt, Tyson, as well as all the international vendors that service these companies, NW Arkansas has a constant flow of corporate relocations.  They don’t stop for cold weather, so neither should you!  Again, we are talking about motivated buyers who may only have one or two days to shop for a house, and most will make an offer on one of the houses they saw while on their relocation trip.
  4. More control over timing of your move
    Winter tends to give you a bit more flexibility and time to make your move when you are ready.  The high pressure of the summer and fall influx is off and buyers are usually more than happy to make room for the holidays.
  5. More focused attention from your real estate team
    Because sales do slow down a bit in the winter, you can expect a more relaxed and focused real estate team.  Real estate agents, lenders, title companies, inspectors will be on point, responsive, and ready and anxious to help sell your home.

So never fear!  We’ve got your back!  Give us a call and we will get that house sold for you, no matter the weather!

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The Top Two Mistakes Sellers Make When Listing Their Home

When Sumer and I get together to talk real estate, you can always count on some seriously good advice and some not-so-serious antics.  What we hope you will walk away with is a better understanding of what we as realtors see and work with on a daily basis.

Our first episode of Get Real NWA is meant just for you sellers.  Gone are the days of old “Three P’s of Real Estate. ”  Put it on the MLS, Put a sign in the ground, and Pray that it sells.  Today’s three P’s will make a real difference in whether your home sells quickly or languishes on the market.  In a world where 92% of buyers find their home online, sellers have to find a real estate agent who understands how to help them Prepare, Price, and Promote their home.

The two biggest mistakes sellers make when listing their home have to do with Preparing and Pricing their home to sell.  Watch this short video to find out how these crucial steps can make or break your listing.