Timing is Everything: Are you Ready to Sell your Home?
Making the decision to sell your home is one of the most important
financial decisions you will ever make and generally ranks second only
to buying your first home. As difficult as that decision can be for many
home owners; however, there are actually many other decisions that must
be made in the process of actually selling your home. Other decisions
you will need to make include finding the right listing agent for your
property, determining the right listing price and deciding on a
marketing plan that will highlight your home appropriately. In addition,
while many homeowners might not give much thought to it, there is also
the matter of deciding when to sell your home.
Unfortunately, this is an area where many homeowners commonly err. There
are several factors that should be taken into consideration when making
the decision to sell your home including emotional, financial and even
situational factors that could impact your decision and the eventual
results. Remember that the market is constantly changing. The market you
will face when listing your home today is not the same market it was a
year ago or even a few months ago, for that matter. Your local area can
play a tremendous role in determining exactly when the time is right for
you to sell your home; however, your own situation can also impact it.
When all factors are taken into consideration, it is important to
remember that the right time to sell will be somewhat different for
everyone. The key is to find the time that is right for you.
Of course, obviously, there will be times when you simply do not have
the luxury of waiting until the time is right for you to sell. For
example, if you have recently been transferred in your job or you must
move out of the area due to family reasons, this will create an
immediate need to sell your home and move regardless of what else might
currently be going on.
If such factors are not present; however, ideally the best time to put
your home on the market is when you are emotionally ready. This is a
large component of finding the right time to sell your home that many
homeowners, unfortunately, overlook. For most homeowners the process of
purchasing a house and investing the time and money required to make it
a home is a large emotional experience. Selling your home when you are
not emotionally ready can make the entire process far more difficult
than it needs to be.
The best way to combat this problem is to be very clear about what you
can and cannot afford in a new home and exactly what you need in your
next home. Taking the time to determine specifics regarding your needs
can make the transition much easier.
When considering selling your home it's also a good idea to consider
what's going on at specific times of the year. Many agents find that
spring tends to be the best time of the year to list your home,
particularly if you have children. Families with children frequently
list their homes during this time of the year because it allows them
time to go through the process of selling their home and hopefully
realize a closing at the end of the school year. Likewise, this time
tends to coincide with the time period when many families are looking at
buying a home in order to provide their children with time to move into
a new home in early summer before school starts once again.
While fall is not as busy a time for real estate business as spring, it
still sees quite a lot of action, especially around October. This is
because many prospective buyers are looking to find their next home and
get settled in before the holidays arrive.
The two slowest times of the year tend to be winter and fall. Of course,
this doesn't mean that you won't be able to sell your home if you must
place it on the market during this time of year; however, you may need
to do a bit more marketing and expect the process to take awhile longer.
In the end, the best time to put your home on the market is when you are
really ready to sell it and are serious about doing so. Those sellers
who aren't completely committed to selling their home should wait until
they are serious about it. Putting your home on the market when you
aren't ready, or when you only want to test the waters, makes it far
more difficult on yourself as well as your agent and even prospective
If you feel hesitant about placing your home on the market, take the
time to analyze what may be holding you back from committing to the sale
and give yourself the time you need to be ready. Waiting until the time
is right for you will ensure a smoother, less stressful transition.