Adding to the complexity of the situation … Tina and Shane had already found their next home — a one story garden home with greenbelt views. It was too good of a deal to pass up. With the help of Three Pillars Realty, they’d secured that property at a price that was $20,000 below its recently appraised value!
That is virtually unheard of in today’s market climate.
How they managed to pull that off is a story better told on a different day. But suffice it to say, carrying two mortgages naturally made these waters a bit trickier to navigate.
Beyond that, Tina owns and operates her own business, out of the house. This would make showing the home more challenging and rather inconvenient. Continually uprooting the entire operation at a near moment’s notice was simply not a long-term option.
A quick sale was preferred. Then again, we’ve found that “quick sale” and “maximized profit” don’t always go hand-in-hand. This is especially true when you are listing the property during the holiday season, which brings us to the perceived challenge of “market timing.”
Conventional wisdom states that if you haven’t listed and/or sold your home prior to Thanksgiving, you’re often better off waiting until the following spring. For a home seller, there is nothing more debilitating than having their home linger aimlessly over the holidays, experiencing what we call “decay” of buyer interest and profit.
Sadly though, “listing decay” is epidemic in the real estate industry. It’s the homeowner that suffers too. It’s unfair. It’s unjust. And it’s, in part, why we’ve built our entire approach around showing our clients about how to avoid fundamental mistakes and protect their profit margin.