Are you thinking about selling your home, but worried since it isn’t spring or summer? Fall is actually a good time to sell your home and it comes with some unexpected perks. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of fall home sales.
Autumn is a beautiful time of year, especially here in the Pacific Northwest. The leaves are turning, the air feels crisper, and the holidays are fast approaching. All these things can strengthen your home’s curb appeal. Take advantage of autumn’s allure by keeping your yard and home’s exterior pristine. Make time to rake the leaves and keep your gutters clear. By keeping things tidy, you are giving your home’s natural fall foliage a chance to shine. You can also add a touch of autumn ambiance to your home’s indoor spaces by decorating with fall colors. Staging your home with autumn accents gives it an extra cozy feel that draws in potential buyers.
Since spring and summer are real estate’s busy seasons, in the fall there are fewer homes listed for sale. Generally, this means less competition for you and fewer options for buyers. With not as many houses on the market, your home has a greater chance to dazzle potential buyers. As Windermere Poulsbo Managing Broker, Julie Bray-Larsen explains, “Fall is a great time to list your home here in Kitsap County. Our weather is still beautiful, so the landscaping is still looking nice. Most importantly, there’s typically less competition in the market. Because there are always buyers out looking, your home will stand out more as a potentially great fit for buyers wanting to purchase and move in before the holidays.”
People looking for homes in the fall are serious about buying. Generally, they have a reason to move at that time whether it’s because they are relocating for a job, downsizing, first-time buyers, or service members. “Our large military community in Kitsap means those buyers need to move all months of the year, so that added demand is great for sellers,” says Bray-Larsen. Serious buyers also want to find a place and get settled in before the busy holiday season starts. This adds another level of urgency to finding a home, which can benefit sellers.
Since there are usually fewer real estate deals during the fall, everyone involved in the transaction process tends to have greater availability. “Mortgage brokers and escrow officers are less busy after the summer rush, so financing is more quickly approved. Therefore, buyers will be ready to go,” explains Bray-Larsen. This greater flexibility also applies to real estate agents, home inspectors, and appraisers. As a result, it’s easier to schedule appointments, and everything moves faster, which is great for sellers.
Now that you can see why fall is an excellent time to sell, check out the Windermere Ready Program. Windermere can assist by investing in important home upgrades or repairs to help you sell for more and in less time. Contact one of our real estate agents for more information.