At this juncture every year, homeowners contemplating a move face a pivotal decision: should they sell now or defer their plans until after the holidays? Some sellers currently with homes on the market may even contemplate withdrawing their listings until the new year arrives.

However, the reality is that many buyers are actively seeking homes, and yours might be just the right fit. As highlighted in an article from Fortune Builders:

“...while a majority might pause their real estate endeavors during the holiday season, you might find that as temperatures drop, the potential for a great real estate deal starts to rise.”

To affirm this perspective, here are four compelling reasons why delaying the sale of your house might not be the best choice:

  1. The urge to own a home doesn't diminish during the holidays. While some buyers might postpone their moving plans until January, others might have experienced life changes necessitating an immediate move. Those shopping for homes during this period are typically motivated and ready to make a move. According to Investopedia:

“Anyone seeking a new home between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is usually a serious buyer. Listing your home during this time can often lead to a faster sale to a motivated buyer.”

  1. Despite a slight recent increase in the supply of homes for sale, overall inventory remains lower than pre-pandemic levels. For sellers, this means that pricing your house accurately with the help of an agent could lead to a quick sale, given that today's buyers are actively seeking more options.

  2. By controlling the days and times for home showings, you can minimize disruptions to your schedule, which is particularly valuable during this bustling season. Moreover, buyers may demonstrate increased flexibility in scheduling house tours, given the holidays often afford more time off from work.

  3. Homes adorned with holiday decorations often resonate with many buyers, allowing them to envision creating their own cherished memories. According to advice from a selling-at-holiday-time article:

“If selling around a holiday with decorations up, ensure they complement rather than overwhelm a room. Less can often be more.”

In conclusion, there exist several compelling reasons to list your house during the holiday season. Let's discuss whether now is the opportune time for you to make that move.