Your House Could Be the #1 Item on a Homebuyer’s Wish List During the Holidays
Each year, homeowners planning to make a move are faced with a decision: sell their house during the holidays or wait. And others who have already listed their homes may think about removing their listings and waiting until the new year to go back on the market.
The truth is many buyers want to purchase a home for the holidays, and your house might be just what they’re looking for. Here are five great reasons you shouldn’t wait to sell your house.
1. While the supply of homes for sale has increased this year, there still aren’t enough homes on the market to keep up with buyer demand. As Nadia Evangelou, Senior Economist & Director of Forecasting at the National Association of Realtors (NAR), explains:
“There’s still this gap between demand and supply because we were underbuilding for many years. . . . So now we see demand is slowing, but it still outpaces supply.”
2. Serious homebuyers are out looking right now. Millennials are driving homebuying demand today, and many are eager to make a purchase. Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American, explains:
“While not the frenzy of 2021, the largest living generation, the Millennials, will continue to age into their prime home-buying years, creating a demographic tailwind for the housing market.”
3. The desire to own a home doesn’t stop during the holidays. In fact, homes decorated for the holidays appeal to many buyers. Plus, purchasers who look for homes during the holidays are ready to buy.
4. You can restrict the showings in your house to days and times that are most convenient for you. That can help you minimize disruptions, which is especially important this time of year.
“Over the next 12 months, rents are expected to grow more than inflation, the stock market and home values.”
Your home could be their ticket to leaving renting behind for good.
Active Buyer Prospecting
How to list your Kalamazoo Home for Sale
Once you’ve settled on a price, you should compose a description that advertises your property for sale to prospective buyers in the local marketplace. Understanding their priorities will enable you to determine what features of your property to highlight in your listing and attract more interest.
Top buyer priorities in Michigan
If you contract with a flat-fee multilist service, you may have to pay a buyer’s agent commission to incentivize your services. The MLS is the way typically realtors find properties for their customers, and many flat-fee services calculate a commission for heads of houses to encourage them to showcase the house to their client base.
How realtor commissions work in Kalamazoo
Most of the time, the commission agreement between the buyer’s agent and the listing agent is negotiable. When sellers work with a realtor, they negotiate a commission as part of the listing agreement.
In Michigan, the typical commission rate is between two and 3 percent of the selling price. Typically, a buyer agrees to a seller’s rate of commission for a real estate agent who brings them to an offer, which runs between 2.52 and 3.23 percent.
In real estate, agents may be paid a higher fee for showing a buyer’s agent’s home, which may cause your property to be shown more often. If you negotiate a commission that is not as large as comparable homes in your area, your property may be shown less often. Agents are more inclined to go house hunting with sellers who pay commissions in proportion to that of comparable residences.