I Want to Avoid Selling a Home During the Holidays. Is Fall a Good Time to Sell in San Diego?

I think most people would agree that it’s never really a terrible time to sell your home in San Diego. We live in one of the hottest markets in the nation, which won’t change as the weather gets colder. Even if things do slow down, it’s not going to be that difficult to get your home sold during the holidays. With that being said, just because it’s possible that doesn’t mean that people want to do it. There are many nuances and challenges that come along with any real estate transaction, that may only be amplified when added to your typical hectic holiday schedule. So, if you’re looking to avoid the potential mayhem in selling a home during the holidays, here is some useful information.

Reasons Homeowners Avoid Selling a Home During the Holidays

Avoid moving in winter weather: While our winters in San Diego hardly qualify as “winters” to most others in the country, we can still run into cold and wet days. By selling in the autumn months, you’re likely to still see warm days and usually don’t have to worry about moving in the rain.

It’s simply inconvenient: While selling a home during the holidays has its benefits, it ultimately can provide a lot of inconveniences. Selling a home at any time of the year can be stressful, imagine adding the stress of holidays on top of it. In order to sell your house, you need to be prepared to have it cleaned and ready for showings multiple times a week. Between visiting with family, attending events, and everything else that comes along with a busy holiday season, making your home available given your busy schedule can be tough.

Buyer negotiations: Some people may think that if you are choosing to sell right during the holiday season, that you may be in a hurry or desperate. With that, you can expect that some buyers will be a bit more aggressive and attempt to negotiate the price. You can also expect to receive some lowball offers as well.

Smaller buyer pool: The same reasons you wouldn’t want to sell during the holidays are the same reasons some buyers also don’t want to buy. With that, your pool of buyers interested in undergoing a transaction in November-December will be smaller.

Slower transactions: It can often times be impossible to close transactions during the month of December, especially if the offer is received mid-month. Your agent, title and escrow officers, and lenders all take time off for the holidays. With that, it can be really tough to get things to move as quickly as you’d like them to around major holidays like Christmas and New Years.

If You Do Plan to Sell Your Home During the Holidays:

If you are able to keep your home accessible and keep it clean during the holidays, you can still see a successful sale. We’re not saying that selling during the holidays is a bad idea (especially given San Diego’s lack of inventory), we just understand that many people would rather not have added stress during the holidays. If you do choose to sell during the holidays, one piece of advice is just to consider the fact that there are less active buyers looking to purchase a home during the holiday (compared to spring and summer months). With that, be sure that you are listing the home at a price that makes sense and isn’t inflated too much- you won’t see the bidding wars that we saw earlier this year.

Skip Added Holiday Stress by Selling Your House Quickly this Fall

If you sell your house in the fall, you may be able to avoid a lot of the troubles and woes mentioned above. Plus, moving during the fall could mean that you can close and become situated in a new home for the holidays. For many, that can be a really exciting prospect!

But, time flies and the holidays are going to be here before we know it. So, what can you do to ensure your home is sold within the next couple of months? Here are some of your options:

  • Find a trusted real estate agent in your local area who has a proven track record to get homes sold, and fast. Make sure that there is an understanding about when you want to sell and set a realistic listing price.
  • Sell directly to a cash buyer like Sell Your House Direct. Depending on what all you have going on in your day-to-day life right now, this is the most convenient option for a quick sale. Unlike a traditional buyer, we can guarantee your close date (which is chosen by none other than YOU).

Whichever route you choose to take, our team of home buying specialists can serve as a resource for you. We know quick sales better than most in the industry. Whether you choose to sell directly to a buyer like us, or are set on listing it with an agent, we can help you and provide a referral to get the sale done in time for the holidays.