Is It Wise to Take My Home Off the Market for the Holidays?

Let's say you've had your home on the market for many months without a sale. The holidays are drawing near. Should you call it quits and take your home off the market until next year? Or is it better to continue marketing your home through the holiday season?

Generally the home sale market is most active during the spring and fall. The summer months are usually slow because buyers turn their attention from home buying to vacationing. Home sales also tend to drop off from Thanksgiving through the winter months.

Precisely when the spring selling season begins depends in part on where you live. In locales with temperate climates, like California, the spring market can get rolling as early as the end of January or the beginning of February. But, in areas with severe weather, the spring market may start much later.

Even though the home sale business tends to be seasonal, each real estate year is somewhat unique. An unanticipated event, like a change in the tax laws or a shift in interest rates, can trigger a pick-up in the real estate market at a time you wouldn't expect it. The local economic picture also has a direct impact on home sales. In an area that's booming, home sales may be strong all year long.

First-Time Tip: Make your decision about whether to take your home off the market based on what's happening in your local real estate market and on your personal situation.

Ask your agent for an update on home sale activity in your neighborhood. Are buyers still out in force, or are they more interested in preparing for the holidays? If the market is active and you must sell, stay on the market.

If the market is dead and your need to move is not urgent, consider taking your home off the market until the market activity improves. At that time, you should reconsider your list price. Most homes that have been marketed for months unsuccessfully are priced too high for the market. A few months time is long enough for market conditions to change, so definitely update the pricing information on your home before you offer it for sale again.

You can be at an advantage selling during the winter months. This is a time when many sellers pull their homes off the market. Also there's usually less new inventory coming on the market because most people perceive that this is not the best time to sell. This can create a low inventory market, at least temporarily, which benefits sellers who keep their homes for sale.

There are always buyers who need to buy homes, regardless of the time of year or the weather. What varies is the number of buyers in the market at any given time. There may be fewer serious buyers looking for homes in December, but those who are often have an urgent need to move.

It can be inconvenient to market your home over the holidays. Interruptions for showings, particularly on short notice, may interfere with your holiday plans. On the other hand, most homes look particularly inviting when they're all dressed up.

Sellers can help keep their sanity during the holidays by modifying their showing procedure for a few weeks. One option is requesting that agents make appointments with you a day or two in advance during this period.

The Closing: There may be times when your home won't be available for showings at all. Most buyers will understand your need for privacy during the holidays.

For More Information on Selling your home quickly visit http://www.webuyhouseshome.com Unlike other so called We Buy Houses websites, Rescue Real Estate gives you every available option for selling your home. Simply complete our short 1 page form, and get anonymous online access to our team of specially trained REALTORS®. Then, in as little as 48 hours, you will begin to receive offers to purchase your home from our nationwide network of real estate investors. Click Here to sell your home quickly and compare agents.

In The News:


pen paper and inkwell


cat break through


Young Couple Buys Ranch with Government Money

Kirk and Tina Sczepanik had a dream. They wanted a... Read More

What is a Predatory Lender?

Several months ago, the 3,000-member California Association of Mortgage Brokers... Read More

Realities of Real Estate Investing

If you are anything like me, you are always looking... Read More

Selling Your Home: 5 Deal Killers That Are Lurking In Older Homes

You've listed your home for sale, you have a Buyer... Read More

Law & Logic of Homeowner Association Capital Reserves

In October 1999, Oregon was one of the first states... Read More

10 Things You Shouldnt Do When Youre Buying a Home

Home Buying Don'tsYour home buying process is well underway. The... Read More

Real Estate Investment - Why it is Big Business?

When examining the different asset classes, real estate is generally... Read More

The Most Sensible Investment Decision Youll Ever Make

So much advice is bandied about on the internet and... Read More

RESPA: The Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act

The Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) is a consumer... Read More

High Tension for the Buyer and Seller of Real Estate Can Be Reduced

Tensions can run high in both the selling and buying... Read More

Home Owners: Disclose the Facts!

One of the most common causes for disputes occurring after... Read More

Should You Buy a House or a Condo?

A big debate these days is whether or not to... Read More

Land for Sale

Think owning land would cost a fortune? Think again! While... Read More

Do I Have To Buy Real Estate Through An Agent?

Sometimes when we are very busy professionals and very rich... Read More

One Stop Shop for Buy to Let

As the buy to let market continues to go from... Read More

What Makes Fractional Shares Different from Owning Other Kinds of Vacation Properties?

Fractional shares ("fractionals") are sometimes confused with other vacation property... Read More

Dealing With Difficult Tenants

When managing residential properties one bad tenant can often undo... Read More

Real Estate Investing By The Numbers

Just like most things real estate investing can be broken... Read More

Should You Sell Before the Housing Bubble Pops

For the past several years housing prices have risen dramatically.... Read More

Dead Deals and Recycled Reports

Everyone knows that at the end of a home inspection,... Read More

Escrow From a California Homeowners Perspective

The Escrow ProcessBoth Buyer and Seller deserve the assurance that... Read More

Bulgarian Property Market Insight

GOLF GRABS BULGARIA!At the present time there are only three... Read More

Property Investment: Spoiled for Choice in Europes Emerging Markets

You could be forgiven for thinking that property is the... Read More

Estate Agents on the Costa Blanca Spain

Properties for sale or to rent on the Costa BlancaAs... Read More

Russ Whitney and Real Estate Investing Gurus

There is curently a huge real Estate boom in America... Read More

Planning for Real Estate with Estate Planning

One of the most important considerations you will need to... Read More

What is a Home Inspection?

Any Sally and Sam Homebuyer can look at a home... Read More

How to Make Money from the California Real Estate Gold Rush

What do the Californians know that we don't?What is so... Read More

FSBO: For Sale By Owners Chapter IV [part 1]

Like a monarch, Red Haring reigned in the deep leather... Read More

You Wanna Get High With Me?

Being a home inspector is great. It's fun, it's interesting,... Read More

The Many Ways To Profit From O.P.P.s Multiple Cash Streams

In a previous article we introduced you to the concept... Read More

Business Credit Card Dirty Tricks

My system teaches people that the proper use of credit... Read More

Real Estate Investing - House Problems

Houses can have lots of problemsReal estate investing requires expertise... Read More