Buy­ing and sell­ing dur­ing sum­mer

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Ques­tion: Should I con­sider tak­ing my home off the mar­ket dur­ing the sum­mer?

An­swer: While there might be fewer prospec­tive buy­ers looking over the sum­mer, it is en­tirely pos­si­ble that the buyer of your home will come for­ward dur­ing this time. I am cur­rently work­ing with a num­ber of buy­ers who are ac­tively search­ing for, and will hope­fully pur­chase, a home this sum­mer. Sur­pris­ingly, off-sea­son months have of­ten been some of our busiest. If a seller whose home had sold dur­ing the sum­mer had taken his/her home off the mar­ket, he/she might have missed a po­ten­tial sale.

Some sell­ers may think that delist­ing their home and plac­ing it on the mar­ket in the fall will make their list­ing seem “fresh.” How­ever, buy­ers are more so­phis­ti­cated than ever. They can eas­ily de­ter­mine a list­ing’s his­tory. While hav­ing a prop­erty on the mar­ket for a long time may not be ideal, tak­ing a home off the mar­ket and plac­ing it back on can also send an un­wanted mes­sage.

If your home is on the mar­ket in the sum­mer, here are some tips:

Re­mem­ber that a bat­tened down, dark­ened, closed up prop­erty filled with out­door fur­ni­ture will make a home show poorly.

Win­dow treat­ments should be opened and fur­ni­ture should be un­cov­ered.

If you are in­clined to place pa­tio fur­ni­ture in­side, con­sider stor­ing it in the garage.

The tem­per­a­ture should be set to a com­fort­able level dur­ing show­ings.

If you won’t be in town to pre­pare for show­ings, ask your agent or your home watch per­son to as­sist you in stag­ing your home so it shows as well as pos­si­ble.

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