Of course, spring and summer are excellent times to put your house on the market; warm weather definitely puts potential home buyers in the mood to window shop.
That said, there are also some real advantages with listing in the winter...especially here in the Myrtle Beach real estate market. The kids are back in school, there are fewer visitors, and there's typically less competition to contend with – among other benefits.
1. The Internet runs all year long.
The web has changed the way we shop for homes...with over 90% of buyers starting their home search online. At no time does this offer more convenience than during the colder months when people can research and view properties simply with the click of a button. Potential buyers don't need to wait for good weather to home shop.
2. Lawncare & Curb appeal is easy peasy.
During warmer months, buyers are looking for flowers, manicured lawns, and impeccable landscaping, which can cost a lot of time and money. In the winter, expectations are significantly lowered! Plants are dormant and all you really need to do is keep it raked and neat. Put a wreath on the door and call it done.
3. There's usually less competition
Believe it or not, not everybody reads our blog and therefore they aren't privy to all of this brilliant advice. Many are still under the assumption that they need to wait for Spring to list their home which means there will be fewer new listings on the market. You'll have a great opportunity to get your home in front of serious buyers. Which leads to...
4. Winter buyers are serious.
Not gonna lie, when you live at the beach, summertime can bring alot of lookers that may not actually be interested in purchasing a home. In the winter, that changes. First, serious buyers who didn't find what they were looking for in the crowded summer market usually have a clearer idea of what they want now. And buyers who are looking in the winter are usually not just killing time while on vacation.
5. You live at the beach. You're going to want to enjoy it.
Nobody who lives at the beach wants to spend the best months of the year stressing over a move. If you put your home on the market in the fall or winter, chances are good you'll be settled into your new home by the time spring arrives, so you can enjoy a hassle-free summer.