Spring and summer are traditionally considered prime real estate seasons, however the advantages of selling a home in the fall are often underestimated. Here are the top five compelling reasons to list your home in the fall.
1. Less competition
During the fall there is typically less competition. Thus, your house could stand out more prominently, attracting serious buyers who need to buy now. Reduced competition can lead to a quicker sale and hopefully, multiple offers. Active buyers in the fall seem to be more motivated – which1. could work to your advantage.
2. A potentially quicker close
You may be able to close more quickly. Mortgage lenders, inspectors and appraisers with reduced workloads can move you through the process more seamlessly. This could mean a swift and efficient closing, removing stress and wasted time waiting on others to complete their part of the transaction.
3. Favorable Timing
It's a perfect time to get in your new home before the holidays! Potential buyers are eager to start the new year in a new home. By listing your house in the fall, you and your buyers will finish up just in time!
4. Fall makes your home feel cozy!
In the cooler months, you can lean into your home’s cozy features! Focus on the fireplace, kitchen and cozy bedrooms! No matter when you sell your home, a fresh coat of paint is always a good idea, but in for fall listings, consider a rich, warm glow on an accent wall or a neutral cream with warm undertones.
5. Fall's Natural Beauty Improves Your Curb Appeal
Cool weather can provide a vibrant backdrop for showcasing your home’s curb appeal. Along with staging inside, you can optimize the exterior for maximum WOW. Seasonal landscaping and decor, such as pumpkins or an autumn wreath, can accentuate your home’s charm and help potential buyers envision themselves living there.