Christ­mas a good time to get ac­tive

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - BUCKS ADVERTISER -

THERE’S a common myth that the hous­ing mar­ket comes to a stand­still over the Christ­mas sea­son. Ac­tu­ally, the op­po­site is of­ten true.

Re­search by on­line prop­erty sites sug­gests there is an up­surge in po­ten­tial buy­ers scour­ing th­ese web­sites in the time be­tween Christ­mas Day and New Year’s Day.

If you think about it, this makes per­fect sense.

The fes­tive pe­riod is of­ten a crunch time for peo­ple who have post­poned dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions and now start get­ting their act to­gether for the new year.

Di­vorce solic­i­tors see a sharp in­crease in en­quiries after Christ­mas, be­cause that’s when many cou­ples fi­nally de­cide they’ve had enough of dif­fi­cult re­la­tion­ships.

They will be scour­ing the prop­erty sites for po­ten­tial new homes. Per­haps a fam­ily has de­cided to re­lo­cate in the New Year, and they use the time off work to do some re­search.

It’s worth not­ing that, for a lot of schools, the dead­line for ap­pli­ca­tions comes in Jan­uary, which means that fam­i­lies need to be in and es­tab­lished in their new prop­erty by then.

In both th­ese sit­u­a­tions, it pays for you, the seller, to have your prop­erty al­ready on the mar­ket.

It takes time to put a house on the mar­ket – you need to de­cide on an es­tate agent, smarten the place up, tidy up the gar­den, not some­thing you want to be do­ing along­side or­der­ing a turkey and putting up tinsel.

Buy­ers of­ten find it frus­trat­ing that there are not enough houses on the mar­ket at this time of year.

If your house ticks all the boxes, they can ar­range a view­ing im­me­di­ately and may well bring their plans to move for­ward as a re­sult.

“We pre­dict an up­swing in the mar­ket in the new year,” ex­plains Sarah Cas­sidy, founder of Place Es­tate Agents.

“Partly be­cause of the time of year, but partly be­cause there will be a re­luc­tance to sell from around March on­wards, be­cause of the elec­tion.

“We highly rec­om­mend that peo­ple get their home ready now!”

Call Place if you’re plan­ning a move in Chal­font St Peter, Chal­font St Giles, Ger­rards Cross, Rick­mansworth and Bea­cons­field. Call us on 01494 873 663 or visit www.a-place.co.uk.

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