I brought my children with me to doorknock for an open house for the first time. They were so happy – took turns to ring the doorbell, ran excited with glee — one was the folder of the open house flyers when somone didn’t open the door, and one was the business-card-holder for those who did answer the door. They loved it, and so did the neighbors.
I’ve heard many top producers offering stories where they brought their children along with them. Wouldn’t you entertain visiting our open house or listing your home with these two at your door?
Seriously, though — the inventory shortage is very real, and according to the National Association of Realtors, until housing starts are significantly boosted, and quite literally “rise 50% to meet underlying demand”, the inventory shortage is expected to continue. I am seeing trucks roll down the road with lumber, (I can’t help noticing with my background) and a few long-vancant lands have started to pour concreete in our neighborhood, (the old school district property in Claremont at the corner of Baseline and Mountain is already starting, and another busy corner at MonteVista/Padua and Baseline by Taylor Morrison is about 1/2 way done) but even still, buyers are frustrated, prices are consistent, and inventory is in demand.
In light of this inventory shortage and the season beckoning, if you’re on the fence, consider these Reasons to List During the Holidays then call me:
- Holiday buyers are serious buyers
- Holiday buyers have fewer houses to choose from during the Holidays (inventory shortage on top of an inventory shortage) ?@#!$%!!!!
- less competition for your home and more money for you as a seller!
- Since the supply of listings will dramatically increase in January, there will be less demand for your particular home in January! Less demand means less money for you!
- Houses show better when they are decorated for the Holidays!
- Buyers are emotional during the Holidays, and more likely to pay your price
- Buyers have more time to look for a home during the Holidays!
- Some buyers must buy before the end of the year for tax reasons!
- January is traditionally the month for employees to begin new jobs. Since transferees cannot wait until Spring to buy, you must be on the market now to capture that market!
- You can still be on the market, but you have the option to restrict showings during the six or seven days during the Holidays!
- You can sell now for more money and negotiate for a delayed closing or extended occupancy until early next year if you want!
- By selling now, you may have an opportunity to be a non-contingent buyer during the Spring, when many more houses are on the market for less money! This will allow you to sell high and buy low!
Something to think about as you start your 2014 plans… or if we show up at your door…