As the year draws to a close attention turns to end of year festivities including the colourful local carnivals, Christmas, New Year celebrations and of course this weekend Guy Fawkes Night. At this time of year the property market usually slows with families turning their attention to the celebrations rather than selling their homes. As a result less houses tend to come on the market.
For the savvy seller however this represents a real opportunity. It’s a little known secret that most professional property developers are aware of and many plan their developments so that their properties come to market in the autumn. At this time of year although property supply falls, the number of buyers does not!
Over the past few years we have experienced record levels of buyer registrations in November and December. Further-more buyers who book to view properties tend to be very serious and committed buyers resulting in a high number of offers. Due to the relative shortage of available properties at this time of year the properties can often fetch a premium price – and it is this that the smart seller seeks.
As always presenting your property well can make a huge difference to the price you achieve. A final pre-winter tidy of the garden can reap dividends, make sure all your light bulbs are working so the property looks bright (you’ll need them if people view late in the afternoon). If you are planning to sell before Christmas have pictures taken BEFORE you put up those Christmas decorations.
It’s a good idea to get someone else to independently look around your home for you with a fresh pair of eyes – it’s surprising what they may spot. We routinely offer our customers a free professional pre-marketing presentation check, you can call us if you would like to book an appointment.
Conversely come the New Year we often see a flood of properties coming to the market with a corresponding softening of property prices. So if you are looking to move home in the near future the smart move is to get your property on the market now and take advantage of the imbalance between supply and demand.
As a result we have a significant number of buyers registered with us who are desperate to buy but just can’t find a suitable home. To help solve this shortage and help them find the right property we are offering a special discounted rate (just £900 +VAT – that’s half our normal fee!) to sellers if they instruct us to sell their property in November and December.