The cold months of winter may feel like a time to hold off on your plans to sell your Bend, Oregon home, but all signs indicate that now’s no time to wait. Hibernation is for bears and groundhogs! We’re in a hot seller’s market: inventory of available homes is extremely low, while demand is at an all-time high. There’s never been a better season to get the best possible price for you home. Here are five excellent reasons from the team at Bend Relo at Fred Real Estate Group for why you should put your Bend area house on the market this winter:
Buyers Are Looking, & They’re Serious
Winter buyers aren’t fooling around. They’re willing to get out there and find their dream home in frigid temperatures, with ice on the ground, no leaves on the dogwood and certainly no blooms on the rhododendron. People looking to purchase a home in winter aren’t browsing, they’re ready to make a move. Additionally, they are likely to have their lending in order, knowing that being pre-qualified for a loan will allow them to close the deal that much faster.
Less Competition from Other Sellers
A common instinct leads many potential sellers to wait or even take their home off the market until spring. That’s good news for the seller who wants to sell their central Oregon area home in the winter months. Fewer options make your home that much more desirable. And while there may be more buyers shopping in the warmer months, as we stated above, the folks shopping in January mean business.
Relocation Can Be a Winter Thing
Many corporations and other businesses choose to make their move in winter precisely because it is not traditional peak moving season. People moving to town for business are highly motivated in their search, and eager to get settled.
Your Home Is Seen in Its Best Light
While winter is not the season to show off your flower beds, it’s the perfect time to let a buyer see and feel for themselves how cold weather-ready your home is. A bright, warm and inviting home with a neat winter landscape has the power to instill quite a bit of confidence in a potential buyer.
Quicker Processing for Loans
Peak season for home sales is traditionally between May and September, a period when lenders can be overwhelmed with hopeful buyers seeking home loans. Winter thins out the herd enough to make the process of securing a loan and closing on a house significantly quicker.
Take advantage of the current market to sell your home this winter. Bend Relo provides a free home valuation to give you a clear picture of how much you can get for your home right now. Why wait? The temperature might be chilly, but your prospects for a winter sale are positively red-hot.
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