Spring is traditionally the time that most people put their houses on the market, but if you’re ready to sell now during the winter months, you shouldn’t wait until spring. Why? Here are a few good reasons why you should jump on listing now:
Everyone thinks they should sell in the spring, and that means a lot more competition. Buyers have a lot more options, and so can be pickier about what they choose, and how much they pay. If they can choose from 10-12 houses in their preferred price range, with a variety of options, they’re going to choose only the best. In contrast, if there are only 3-4 houses available, they will be a lot less picky, and jump at anything that fits their needs.
The lack of competition is especially helpful if your house isn’t in a newly renovated and updated state. Buyers are much more likely to accept less that perfect conditions when there is less to choose from.
You may think less competition means less demand, but that simply isn’t true. For the past few years in Campbell River we’ve been experiencing a seller’s market, which means there are more buyers than sellers. Demand for housing doesn’t go down just because there are fewer houses on the market. Life happens year-round: people marry, divorce, need to upsize, need to downsize, or move for jobs. There are always people looking to buy.
Warm weather can draw out window shoppers who just want to view pretty houses, without the intention to buy. But nobody does that in the winter. Only serious buyers are looking at houses in the colder, stormier weather, so you have a great chance of selling to someone who has braved the elements to look at your house.
Better Price, Faster Sale
The above 3 reasons combine to make the best argument for selling your house now, during the winter season: you can get a better price and faster sale. With less competition, and serious buyers, houses are selling fast. It’s not uncommon to see a sale within the first few days of a house being listed, in fact, in the past month, I’ve had that happen with more than one house!
So if you’re ready to sell your house now, don’t wait! Contact me today to start the process of selling your house. You might be pleasantly surprised at how fast it moves!