Christmas a good time to get active
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.