People often ask "When is the better time to list my home for sale?" My response to that is "Whenever you are ready."
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A lot of people try to analyze and predict a good time to list their house. The reality is, there really is no best time/worst time. Some individuals think it is best to list early in the year when there is more activity and there are more buyers out looking but that's also what almost every other home sellers also think so there are lots of other houses for those buyers to choose from. More competition to suit your needs house. Yes, good houses sell faster early in the year but so will the excellent house you are trying to get. You could get multiple offers around the home you are selling then be competing with other buyers for the house you want to purchase.
It's commonly thought that around Christmas is not an good time to list. While it is true that sales activity drops off considerably in December there are still buyers looking, just not as many. You would get less potential buyers through your house, but any that did come you can bet they are prepared to buy. And there are less houses for buyers to select from. On a personal note, some time ago I was a willing buyer right around Christmas time and I remember being annoyed that there was nothing on the market when I was able to buy.
Some people want to produce changes or improvements for their house such as painting, landscaping, flooring etc before they list. Doing such things are generally a good idea to create your house more salable but once they are complete, get your house for sale! No matter the time of year it is.
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Also, prices do not fluctuate that much based on seasonality. House prices generally usually do not drop in the winter because think. You are not going to make a bunch more money by waiting before spring.
People should base their decision on personal matters such as, when the new job starts, retirement, once the kids finish school or financial problems etc. Or they visit a house they love. Those are real life reasons.
There's always ready sellers and buyers available looking to make a alternation in their housing, so really, don't decide to move based on the market, make it based on when YOU are ready to move.