Selling your Eugene home during the holiday season may sound like a less than ideal game plan.
But there are some advantages that occur this time of year. It’s true that some extra effort may be called for, but it can be worth the endeavor. There are several factors that make showings this time of year particularly promising.
The first advantage is the flip side of the greatest disadvantage: the slowdown in real estate activity we usually expect over the holidays. That relative scarcity of active prospects means fewer showings, so the number of times you’ll be called upon to put your Eugene area property in peak condition will be smaller. The showings that do occur are with buyers that are motivated. If they are interrupting their own Christmas and New Year’s activities to go house hunting, they will be ready to buy. It is likely that they are motivated by a timing deadline. This makes showings especially productive. I have not met a seller that wants to show their home 50 times without obtaining a written offer.
Another positive aspect to selling a Eugene area home this time of year is how appealing your staging possibilities become and with little extra effort. Your holiday decorations make the place festive and cheerful. Yuletide décor will automatically will transform a house into a welcoming home. Who doesn’t respond favorably to the scent of cookies in the oven or cider bubbling on the stove?
Along with those automatic holiday positives, owners selling their home in Eugene and Springfield area do need to be careful to avoid some built-in potential downsides. Right now the sun stays lower even at noon, than at other times of the year, so it’s important to make the most of the light that is available. Keep rooms well lit and window drapes pulled back to allow as much sunlight as possible. Even during daylight hours, most rooms show their best with all lamps and ceiling fixtures turned on. Fireplaces are sought-after features and this is the best time of the year to show it off by keeping a cheery fire blazing.
When you are selling your home during the holiday season you should also make the effort to keep your own schedule as flexible as you can. Potential buyers will have their own holiday obligations to attend to, and are often forced to jam showings into tight spaces. It can be worth it when you keep in mind that holiday home shoppers are motivated prospects.
If this December and January look like opportune times to be selling your own home in Eugene or Springfield area, it’s not too late to give me a call. I will be active throughout the season, helping Eugene and Springfield area home buyers find the home of their dreams. There is no better time to create that special memory during the holiday season.
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