Many sellers pull their homes off the market if not sold by December. That isn’t always the best decision. And, here’s why….
There is generally less inventory in December, January & February. That means for any buyer who is house-hunting during this time frame has less to choose from and if it is necessary for them to buy, they are willing to settle for less features and pay a higher price.
Also, in December, many people decorate for the holidays. Although a decorated house can feel a little cluttered, it also can feel full of warmth and love, another selling feature to capture buyers!
If you want to avoid the moving period during the holidays, that can easily be a negotiated term during the offer to purchase period. But, if you still want to pull the house off the market to avoid showings during Christmas, you should be prompt and prepared to get the house back on the market right after the New Year’s holiday. If the weather is mild, the Spring market starts in January, not in May so don’t miss the opportunity to sell during peak market conditions!