Is Fall a Good Time of Year to List a Property for Sale?

Should I List My House in the Fall?

This time of year, sellers ask if they should wait until springtime to list their home for sale. Many people consider fall and winter to be the “off season” for real estate sales. However, we sell real estate 12 months a year. People are ready to buy homes any time of year. Fall is a great time to list a property for sale.

Consider this. Buyers who shop for homes in the fall and winter months are usually more motivated and serious. Cold weather home buyers are usually purchasing a home due to a job opportunity or a major life event. Sure, the pool of prospective buyers is usually smaller during the fall and winter months. Inventory is more limited as well so buyers must compete for the property of their choice.

Obviously listing a home during the cold season adds a few challenges. Curb appeal is important any time of the year. Clearing the yard of leaves and debris or adding fall flowers to the entry way invites buyers inside. Sellers must be mindful of shoveling walks and clearing driveways to allow the home to be safely shown to prospective buyers.

Fall signals the end of summer vacations and back to school routines. For these buyers, now is the perfect time to get serious about finding a new home. A well-staged home has a better chance of selling closer to the list price. The holidays can be a great opportunity for owners to showcase their homes. Tasteful holiday decorations can evoke emotions buyers often associate with during this time of year. Many buyers want to spend the holidays in their new home!

No matter the season, the pros at Midwest Real Estate are here to help.