Selling Your Home

Why You Should Consider Selling in the Winter

Selling In Winter Attracts Serious Buyers

The season you sell your home can have an impact on how much you get for your home and how quickly it sells. The season that has the most success in selling homes is spring. This is a good time of year for families moving to new school districts and is also more convenient weather for moving. Because of this trend, most people will recommend waiting to list your home until after the winter is over. Avoiding the winter is a huge misconception in the housing industry and can cause homeowners to miss out on opportunities.

Selling in the winter can give you a few advantages. There will be fewer houses on the market since most people assume winter is a bad time to sell. This gives your home more attention. Potential buyers are always looking no matter the time of year. Keeping your house on the market in the winter might bring the right buyer to your door. Real estate agents also tend to be less busy during these months and commit more time to getting your home sold.

Studies have shown winter buyers are buying because they need to move right away either for a relocation or personal situation. They will want to close quickly and allow for a much smoother sale.

Bottom Line

If you need to sell your home right away, or have some time but want to see what is out there, consider listing in the winter. Most homeowners who are going to sell will list their home in the spring, making for a competitive market. The winter allows buyers who are in a hurry to move consider your home and sell for more money than you would have in the spring.

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Why Should You Use A REALTOR®?

Most folks buy or sell real estate 2-3 times in their lifetime.  When they do start to think about entering the buying or selling process, one of the first questions they ask is “why should I use a REALTOR®?”

That is a very good question and one that people sometimes struggle to answer.  The average homeowner may not see much difference between the various real estate agents vying for their business.  One agent may have a great presentation package while the next may be able to make a client feel more at ease.  Another just had a quick sale and the last one is your mother’s friend from the beauty shop.  There are all sorts of reasons why someone may choose one agent over another but one area that should never be up for debate is whether an agent is a REALTOR® or not.    

Let’s get the known items out of the way first.  Being a REALTORS® provides the right to use the REALTORS® logo and access to ongoing training and specialty certifications.  REALTORS® also have access a deep knowledge base created to help professional REALTORS® run their business.  In Atlanta, being a REALTORS® provides access to Georgia Association of REALTORS® (GAR) forms versus forms created for individuals who are not willing to pay to be designated as REALTORS®.  And finally, being a REALTOR® means the individual has taken an oath to subscribe to a stringent, enforceable Code of Ethics with Standards of Practice that promote the fair, ethical and honest treatment of all parties in a transaction. Non-member licensees have taken no such oath and are not morally bound to the ethical practices and principles set for in the REALTOR® Code.

There is no doubt all of these items are strong benefits to hiring a REALTORS®  but there are at least two other reasons homeowners should feel more strongly about this decision.  One additional argument...

For Sale By Owner: It Can Be A Halloween Nightmare Story

Halloween NightmaresAt some point, every person with access to Zillow has considered ditching their agent when buying or selling a house.  After your first purchase you may have thought, “I could have done that myself.”  Side-stepping a Realtor may appear to be a good idea, but the experience may lead to your worst nightmare (think the Nightmare on Elm Street II when the homeowners learned about a death in the house only after having moved into the house. Did they have a Realtor?). There could be trouble lurking behind any and all of the doors to the home that you intend to purchase or sell. Unless you are an experienced real estate agent or an attorney well-versed in residential real estate, you may want to stick to your day job. Why not proceed pro se, you say? 

  1. Experienced Realtors Are Great at Marketing Homes for Sale in Atlanta – Yes, putting a sign up is easy and you can make a flyer on your computer.  Your neighbors and the folks who drive your street will know the home is for sale.  Practicing Realtors have tools to gain unlimited exposure for your property including personal websites, syndication systems that spread the listing through all areas of the internet and most have a vast network of fellow Realtors who are also helping customers and clients buy and sell. Money Down Drain
  2. Realtors Can Make Or Save You $$$ On Atlanta Real Estate  – Knowledgeable Realtors easily identify...