Selling a Home During the Holidays
Need to sell your home?
People who shop for a home during the holidays are usually serious buyers. There are typically fewer houses to choose from – which means less competition for you. Houses often show better when decorated for the holidays. Buyers are more emotional and likely to pay what you hope to get from selling. Some have more time to shop around and others must buy before year-end for tax reasons. January is traditionally the month for employees to begin new jobs. Some transferees don’t want to rent or wait until spring to buy. So, a home on the market now might capture those buyers. Remember that if you list your home during the holidays, you can restrict showings to the days that are most convenient for you. You can sell now and negotiate a delayed closing or extended occupancy until early next year. If you must rent temporarily, you’ll have the opportunity to be a non-contingent buyer during the spring when more houses are on the market.
So, how can you make your home more desirable? Focus on making the exterior tidy and inviting. Clean and declutter the inside. Work as unto the Lord. It’ll be worth your time! Christmas decorations can be beautiful if done tastefully. Generally, less is more, so skip the inflatables – some people find those tacky. Simmer cider on the stove, bake some cookies, and even play some quiet Christmas music in the background to create a warm, inviting ambiance. Ask God to bring you the right buyer. Trust Him, and enjoy the season with a grateful, contented heart.
And if you need to downsize due to credit card debt, Christian Credit Counselors can help you. They’ll create a debt management plan specifically for your needs. For more information call the Crown Helpline at 800-722-1976 or visit online at crown.org/ccc.