Selling in the Winter Attracts Serious Buyers


A recent study of more than 7 million home sales over the past four years revealed that the season in which a home is listed may be able to shed some light on the likelihood that the home will sell for more than asking price, as well as how quickly the sale will close.

It’s no surprise that listing a home for sale during the spring saw the largest return, as the spring is traditionally the busiest month for real estate. What is surprising, though, is that listing during the winter came in second!

“Among spring listings, 18.7 percent of homes fetched above asking, with winter listings not far behind at 17.5 percent. While 48.0 percent of homes listed in spring sold within 30 days, 46.2 percent of homes in winter did the same.”

The study goes on to say that:

“Buyers [in the winter] often need to move, so they’re much less likely to make a lowball offer and they’ll often want to close quickly — two things that can make the sale much smoother.” 

Bottom Line

If you are debating listing your home for sale within the next 6 months, keep in mind that the spring is when most other homeowners will decide to list their homes as well. Listing your home this winter will ensure that you have the best exposure to the serious buyers who are out looking now!

The study used the astronomical seasons to determine which season the listing date fell into (Winter: Dec. 21 – Mar. 20; Spring: Mar. 21 – June 20; Summer: June 21 – Sept 21; Autumn: Sept 21 – Dec. 20).

Christmas is upon us


I can’t help myself. I know we are just getting to Thanksgiving but I am already preparing for Christmas decorating. It is a big deal around my house.

I keep a book with ideas for decorating this year and for once I am going heavy on the red. It’s pretty rare you see so much red in my home but I just want to follow through with it this year and change thing up.

Do you plan ahead? What are your color schemes?

Christmas Comes Early


I promise not to go crazy just yet but I think it is acceptable to start bringing a little Christmas into your home. After all, if you only wait till after Thanksgiving that gives you a mere thirty-ish days to enjoy this spectacular holiday.

You can find some ideas at:

As for me, it’s never too early for a little sparkle.

Halloween Home

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There is a child in every one of us who is still a trick-or-treater looking for a brightly-lit front porch. ~Robert Brault

Happy Halloween from our house to yours!

Halloween Decorating


Do you decorate the outside of your house for Halloween? I love the look but the season doesn’t last long enough for me.

I decorate on the inside of my house for Halloween for the grandkids but the outside is fall decorating only. I have so many fall decorations and i like to enjoy them. So, I get the both of most worlds and then on Nov. 1st I transform the inside to all Thanksgiving decorations. Works for me.

Thanks to Thistlewood Farms for the photo.