Every seller wants to get the most money in the least amount of time. So if that’s your goal when should you list your home?
Many people choose to wait until late spring and summer when the trees are full, lawns are lush, and flowers blooming. And while your home might look better in the summer you should keep in mind that most people list their homes in that season so your competition goes way up for the buyers who are shopping.
It might seem counter intuitive but I’ve had great success for clients by listing homes around Valentine’s Day. Buyers have recovered from the holidays and many people make new years resolutions to find a new home. Something interesting happens in February; Buyer activity picks up but many sellers are still waiting for the sun. This creates an imbalance that favors sellers until April when all the other sellers jump into the pool.
So if you’re thinking of making a move, think of chocolate and roses in the Rose City of Portland, Oregon and beat the rush when you want to sell your house.
Nick Krautter is the author of The Golden Handoff: How to Buy and Sell a Real Estate Agent’s Business which debuted number one on Amazon for mergers and acquisitions. His goal is to teach real estate agents how to grow their business and to help them later retire and benefit from their years of hard work. For the last decade Nick has been a Realtor in Portland, Oregon, where he leads a team and frequently serves as a real estate expert for the media.