I heard this the other day at a listing appointment and to be honest it didn't really suprise me..
I was chatting with the sellers about when the right time would be to list their home. It was recently painted, cleaned and all put back together after a some minor repairs and it showed great!
I suggested we take photos ASAP and put it on the market right away to really show off how well it looked.
She said, "but nobody buys homes in January.."
This is a pretty common misconception from the general public about selling their homes in the colder months.
Most sellers believe that if they wait until Spring, they will have a better chance of selling and also a better chance of recieving a higher price.
While Spring is generally a "busier" season, it doesnt always translate into quicker sales or more money.
The fact of the matter is that in January, there are not as many listings on the market to compete with. This gives sellers more leverage when they receive offers because the buyer doesnt have another two or three houses they can choose from as back ups.
Also, with less active buyers out looking at homes, sellers don't have to entertain as many showings as they would if it were Spring. That's because if anyone is brave enough to fight the cold to come look at a property, there's a great chance it's because they NEED to move and not just because they want to see how you decorated your living room.
Every home has the ability to sell during any month of the year and how that property is priced and positioned on the market will determine if, when and for how much it sells.
If you're toying with the idea of when to list, call me anytime. I'll give you my honest opinion about when and for how much to list!