Contrary to what most people think, one of my favourite times of the year to sell homes is during the winter months. Every year it seems that we can hardly keep up with the number of buyers purchasing between November and the end of March. We have even completed deals on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve!
One of the most prevalent myths out there is that homes don’t sell in the winter. As a matter of fact, the one I am sitting in right now, we bought in January 2000. That was definitely during the winter.
It is very true that most sellers wait until Spring before putting their home on the market, but why wait?
For one thing you never know if the snow will end early or if it will be one of those seemingly never ending winters. You can’t predict how many Spring-like days that you will have to market your home.
Let’s look at this past year, one with a long drawn out winter.
Between December 1, 2016 and March 31st 2017 we saw 3877 homes sell in the Ottawa Real Estate Board. Now that is definitely a lot of homes!
For those that were waiting for Spring, they saw 9079 homes go on the market between April 1st and June 30th. No matter how you look at it, that is a lot of competitors!
Once we get into the month of October, a lot of homes go off the market because owners think that they can’t sell in the winter months. But we just proved that reasoning wrong. If however, you are on the market then, you have far less competition. Fewer competitors, means more showings and a better chance for you to sell.
Not only that, but buyers have to get serious, because they don’t have a lot to choose from as well.
Think about it- do you want to be on the market when the maximum number of competitors are out there, or when there are fewer competitors.
True, your real estate agent has to be on the ball too and know how to market homes in the winter, but that is what we are here for. If you are thinking about selling, shouldn’t you give us a call? We offer a FREE Home Market evaluation with absolutely no obligation on your part.
Think about it- fewer competitors or lots of competitors?
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Bev and Keith Beardsley, sales representatives and also Seniors Real Estate Specialists with Century 21 Action Power Team. We serve the many rural communities that surround the city, as well as the City of Ottawa itself. Check out our client testimonials and our EXCLUSIVE service guarantee on www.BeardsleyTeam.ca.