I often get asked, "When is the best time to put my house up for sale?"
The answer may surprise you. Most think it is best to wait until mid-spring when the flowers are up and everything looks beautiful....Wrong! In our area, by mid-May you have missed the opportunity.
It's now early February and we soon will be coming up to the best time of the year. It is weather dependent but usually happened in early March. Why?
At this time, the current buyers (that have been looking) know oh so well the winter inventory. They are anxious for a new property to become available and are ready to move on it! Also with that, creates the best time of the year to get top dollar for your house!
Besides less competition, there are other advantages. When you do have a showing the buyers will be serious (not summer time "tire kickers") so the time spend prepping the house won't be in vain. Also, because of the lingering snow, you won;t have to fuss over having the yard and landscape looking perfect. Just have the summer time pics ready!
So then I hear "But I don't want to move when it is still cold and snowy..." :) Relax, even if you were to get a buyer pretty quickly (say the first 2 weeks) you then typically would have an additional 45 days until closing...Now you're talking a nice comfortable May time to move...(and that's if there is no possession time negotiated for after closing).
Enjoy the rest of your winter!
Dean. A Baker
RE/MAX Bayshore Properties