prickly pear with snow in north scottsdale

The season you sell your Scottsdale home can have an impact on how much you get for your property and how quickly it sells. The season that has the most success in selling homes is spring. This is a good time of year for families moving to new school districts and is also more convenient weather for moving. Because of this trend, most people will recommend waiting to list your home until after the winter is over.

Winter Can Be a Great Time to Sell Scottsdale Real Estate

Avoiding the winter is a huge misconception in the housing industry and can cause homeowners to miss out on opportunities. Scottsdale winters give us great house hunting weather, unlike many other areas with freezing temperatures plus snow and ice.

It was terrible showing properties in Illinois when we lived there, especially when driving on black ice. You'd have to be careful not to fall when walking and with vacant properties you'd have to traipse through the snow, sometimes hardly packed and slippery. I almost twisted my ankle one time trying to get a key for a condo where I had to walk around a snowy embankment and my foot sunk into the snow but was stuck when I continued walking. Not to mention freezing trying to get doors unlocked and dealing with frozen lockboxes that wouldn't work.

Selling in the winter can give you a few advantages, especially with Scottsdale real estate. There will be fewer houses on the market since most people assume winter is a bad time to sell. This gives your home more attention. Potential buyers are always looking no matter the time of year. This is the time of year snowbirds are in town, with some of them looking to move here full-time.

Keeping your house on the market in the winter might bring the right buyer to your door. Real estate agents also tend to be less busy during these months and commit more time to get your home sold. That also works if you're buying something else.

Studies have shown winter buyers are buying because they need to move right away either for a relocation or personal situation. They will want to close quickly and allow for a much smoother sale.

You Could Still Receive Multiple Offers 

lady with a sign saying bidding wars on a Scottsdale home for saleIn today's Seller's Market, you might still have multiple offers on your Scottsdale home for sale if you price it correctly. And hopefully, you'll have a bit less competition from other buyers when you're on that end. You might even have a little more time to think about it all, although that can't be guaranteed. The nice Scottsdale homes can still sell in a day, especially if they're priced right.

Once the spring selling season gets in full swing, it will be like it has been for quite some time. Almost guaranteed multiple offers at or above list price, and offers coming in so quickly that a buyer doesn't have time to ask questions. Just write your best offer and hope it's good enough.

Bottom Line

If you need to sell your home right away, or have some time but want to see what is out there, consider listing in the winter. Most homeowners who are going to sell will list their homes in the spring, making for a competitive market. The winter allows buyers who are in a hurry to move to consider your Scottsdale home and possibly sell for more money than you would have in the spring.

If you're thinking of selling and buying before the spring rush, give me a call at 480-877-1549.

Posted by Judy Orr on
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