Selling at Christmas – the best or worst time to market property?
The Christmas period has long been associated with a lack of activity within the property market – but an increasing number of potential buyers are spending the festive season house-hunting online. Wait for the new year and you could be missing out on some great opportunities.
In the last 15 years there has been a huge increase in the use of websites that allow buyers to preview properties from a variety of estate agents. For many, this increased accessibility has made the stress so often associated with house-hunting a thing of the past – and these property websites aren’t just making the process of searching easier, but also changing the way we go about it.
For years, the Christmas period has been linked to a slow-down in the buying and selling process, with professionals advising sellers to wait until the new year to put their home up for sale. But new figures from leading property website Rightmove have indicated that the festive season is fast becoming one of the busiest periods for online viewings by UK home buyers.
With 14 million views alone on Christmas day in 2014 and a further 25 million on Boxing Day, there are those clearly less interested in the festivities, and more interested in getting ahead of the game. After all, there are few opportunities throughout the year when one can enjoy a prolonged break from work, sit down with a glass of wine at midday and browse everything the property market has to offer from the comfort of an armchair.
So, how can you make the Christmas period work for you? With increased online activity comes increased competition, so use the countdown to Christmas to get your house in top physical condition and ensure any photos used to advertise your property are handled by a professional who knows how to get the best out of your home’s aesthetics – and for external shots, don’t forget to rake the leaves from the garden and take advantage of the picturesque wintry light.
Plus, if time is a factor and you’re looking to sell your house fast, professional property buying companies such as National Homebuyers can help you move things along and get you a cash offer in place before the New Year.
If your looking for a sale house fast company then get n contact with National Homebuyers for advice, as we buy any home. Call 08000 443 911 or request a call back to find out how much you could get for your property.
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