If you have ever flown into town to visit family, you know what happens you first see them. Whether it is an airport reunion or at their home, you will hug and be asked a series of questions. These questions include, “How was your flight?”, “How have you been?”, and “Are you hungry?” This is predictable and makes perfect sense.
In the same way, there are a handful of questions real estate agents receive from every single client. Rick Raanes of The Rock Star Group in The Woodlands, Texas has specialized in real estate in The Woodlands area for over ten years. Homeowners that are looking to sell their homes always seek advice regarding the best time of year to list.
Of course, homes sell in every season. Buyers are looking to purchase at different times for a variety of reasons. If their lease is up it will not matter what season it happens to be. That being said; there are distinct advantages for sellers in each season, and certain parts of the year are busier in the real estate market than other parts of the year.
So what is the best time of year to sell a home? The answer to that question depends on where you live. Areas of the country with cold winters and heavy snow will experience a slower market in the winter months. The good news for The Woodlands area is that the weather is moderate throughout the year. The best time to sell a home in The Woodlands, TX is not impacted significantly by the weather.
Here is a look at each season and what a seller in The Woodlands can expect:
Spring is traditionally the best season to list a home for sale. Buyers enjoy looking at homes in the spring because of the nice weather. Plus, Families with children like to move in the summer when there is a break in the school calendar, so they will begin looking for homes in the spring.
When a buyer is looking at a home, they have many things on their mind including packing and moving. Moving in the fall and winter presents challenges that do not exist in the spring. It is easier to move in the spring, bringing more buyers the market. In The Woodlands, TX, we start to see the market ramp up as early as February.
Summer is another great month to list, because this is when demand is at its highest. According to the National Association of Realtors, fifty perfect of homes are sold in the summer. Listing and selling a home in the summer is nice because the warm weather makes your home easy for buyers to access and imagine purchasing.
When listing in the summer, remember to keep the air conditioning turned on, and your yard manicured. The Rock Star group can help set up your home perfectly, including offering refreshments to buyers and highlighting the outdoor areas.
Of the four seasons, fall is the third best time to list. While there traditionally are not as many buyers, there is less inventory, meaning reduced competition among sellers. In The Woodlands, TX, fall is still a beautiful time of year. The leaves change and add reds, oranges, and browns to the landscape.
There are a few things you can do to keep your home warm and inviting when listing in the fall. Rake any leaves and keep your lawn in tip-top shape. Planting a fall garden can be an excellent way to add curb appeal and sell your home faster.
Sellers do not always have the flexibility in choosing when to list their homes and, make no mistake, there are buyers who are looking in the winter. Buyers may even be more motivated because of the approaching holidays.
When listing your home for sale in the winter, remember to keep it cozy by turning on the fireplace if you have one and putting out throws on the furniture. Keep the walkways clear put out salt if it is icy.
Any Season Can Mean Success
No matter when you sell, it’s important to keep exterior photos of your home updated to match the time of year in which you’re listing. With the experience and expertise of The Rockstar group, your home can be sold in any season. Contact us for more information.