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6 Reasons To Sell Your Home During The Holidays

For home sellers, the holiday shopping season can bring much more than buying gifts, eating turkey, and sharing tidings of joy.

Originally published Dec. 23, 2017

For home sellers, the holiday shopping season can bring much more than buying gifts, eating turkey, and sharing tidings of joy.

The period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s has the potential to be “the most wonderful time of the year” for sellers for multiple reasons, experts say.

Those reasons include the ability to reach more motivated buyers, face less competition, and acquire offers from individuals seeking tax benefits for the upcoming year.

Of course, the traditional wisdom is that spring and summer are the best times to sell and that there are fewer buyers during the colder months. But others contend that it makes good business sense to sell before the home-buying season kicks off in the spring, when housing inventory rises and sellers face more competition.

Here are several key reasons to consider selling your home during the holidays:

More Time to Search for Houses Online

Many potential buyers take vacation during the holiday shopping season, giving themselves more time to perform home searches and see your listing.

People Relocating Are Often Anxious to Close

With companies often relocating workers from one location to another, these workers typically need to find a home fast. They often are willing to push away savings and comfort, making them ideal buyers for sellers. Additionally, January is oftentimes the month when transfers occur. Since many of these buyers can’t wait until spring, sellers also can act before then.

Lack of Competition

Many sellers perceive the holiday season as a bad time to sell, leading them to take their house off the market or not list it. That can work in another seller’s favor, particularly if there is a low inventory of homes like yours available to be purchased.

Tax Credits Boost Activity

Tax and financial benefits make winter a good time to sell. Many people, including first-time home buyers, are eligible for multiple tax credits during the upcoming year if they buy a house before the current year ends. Some families take money from IRAs with no penalty to help their children buy their first home. Others are rushing to buy before the tax benefits fall into the approaching year.

More Foreign Buyers

A rising number of home buyers from other countries are becoming more infatuated with the U.S. housing market. They often don’t follow the same schedule or calendar Americans do, which makes them more serious about house hunting during the holiday season than others.

Position Yourself to Buy Later

If you are able to sell now, it will provide an opportunity for you to buy during the spring or summer, when more houses are listed.

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