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Spring is typically considered to be the busiest season in the real estate market. But according to a recent report, homes listed for sale in the fall are more likely to sell within six months than those listed in the spring and in the summer. What’s more, compared to homes listed in other seasons, the houses that are listed in the winter spend six to eight fewer days on the market.
If you’re planning to list your home during the fall or the winter, you may need to adjust your strategy to keep buyers interested. Here are some ways to appeal to homebuyers if you’re waiting until things cool off to sell your house.
When you’re selling a home in the fall or the winter, buyers are more likely to pay attention to your HVAC system and whether the windows in your house are insulated. Changing your air filters and weatherstripping your doors and windows is important if you don’t want buyers to be concerned about staying warm.
You may also want to consider having your chimney cleaned and inspected if you have a fireplace. If you want to go all out, you could think about making your windows and doors more energy efficient or replacing your HVAC system entirely if you’ve had it for a while.
Yellow grass and piles of leaves probably won’t add much in terms of curb appeal. While there’s not much you can do about those kinds of things, there are ways to give the outside of your house some personality.
If you’ve got a front porch, for example, you could spruce it up with some new rocking chairs or seasonal decorations. And if you want to highlight your home’s best features, you can include pictures of how it looks in the spring or the summer in your online listing.
When it’s chilly outside, it’s important to make buyers feel warm in more ways than one. Aside from keeping your thermostat at a comfortable level, it’s a good idea to make your home seem inviting.
Adding decorative touches like candles or natural accents like pine cones can make buyers feel at home. Covering your living room and kitchen walls with a warm (but neutral) paint color can also heat things up.
The fall and winter months are associated with certain smells and flavors (think: pine needles, cinnamon, peppermint and pumpkin pie). Beyond setting the mood with decorations, you could try appealing to buyers’ senses in multiple ways.
For example, if you’re hosting an open house you could keep hot chocolate and pumpkin muffins on hand for visiting buyers. If you don’t want to go that far, keeping a scented candle burning in the background or playing some holiday music can work wonders.
During the fall and winter months, it’s particularly important to avoid setting your listing price too high. If there are fewer homes on the market, you’ll have less competition. But if your asking price seems expensive or unaffordable, you could scare away potential buyers.
Before listing your home, it’s a good idea to find out what similar homes in your area are selling for. That way, you can pick an appropriate asking price.
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Not interested in competing with hundreds of home sellers? You might need to consider putting your home on the market in the fall or the winter. Using the tips and tricks that we’ve mentioned can help your home to stand out. Hopefully you’ll be able to find a homebuyer and seal the deal before the spring arrives. Good luck!
1922 Hallmark Lane
This well maintained home is located in the Lakeside Villa section of Landfall. It boosts incredible views of the 8th green and 9th fairway on the Dye golf course. Pristine hardwood floors in the downstairs living area and kitchen. One level living with 3 bedrooms on the main floor and a bonus room and full bath upstairs with large storage closet. Yard is maintained by the Homeowner’s Association. With close proximity to Mayfaire, barely minutes from Wrightsville Beach and some of Wilmington’s best restaurants, location is the best. Let your imagination be your guide and make your dreams come true, contact Landfall Realty, your neighborhood realtors.
On your marks, get set, go!!! Saturday, October 19th Wilmington will be hosting another amazing Ironman race. Traffic patterns around Landfall, Military Cut Off and Wrightsville Beach will be diverted from 5:00am until around 9:30am. Please stay alert and remember to share the road! All the best to those competing!
1822 Senova Trace
Sold Price $885,000
Landfall Realty has continued its mission of providing a first class brokerage business dedicated to serving only the Landfall community and the selling and marketing of its properties.
Listed Price: $1,289,000