‘Tis the Season
To be jolly…or to buy a house! So many companies and industries slow down this time of year. Offices close for days at a time, the phone barely rings and employees get caught up on their personal errands. Unless you are a Realtor in the Nashville area. People are out buying houses. They are out in droves. One of my agents has three buyers looking for properties and can’t find what they are looking for. We are receiving calls to list properties and calls to purchase properties. ‘Tis the season in Nashville.
So many potential Sellers think they should wait until Spring. They think it is a bad time to sell when it’s cold and gets dark at 5:00 PM. Not so. The Buyers who are looking now are serious. Why else would they want to be out when it’s cold and gets dark at 5:00 PM? It is a little extra hassle during the holidays, I understand. However, your house probably looks very homey if it is decorated with lights and festive items. There is something about coming into a house that looks warm and like it could be in a Christmas movie (more like “It’s a Wonderful Life” and less like “Christmas Vacation”). Buyers are less likely to be “looky-loo’s” so you may get less showings but the ones you will get will be more qualified and more seriously interested in your home even before walking in the door.
Buyers need to realize that there will be less to choose from during this season, however, the properties you will find will typically not be the leftovers you may get in September when all the other great houses have been scooped up during Spring and Summer. They are likely people who need to move. A lot of companies transfer at the beginning of the year and a lot of Sellers get compensated to move. More often than not, the Sellers that are selling in this season are willing to bend a little more than a Seller in a time when they are receiving multiple offers during a hot selling season.
So, when you’re marking things off your long list of to-do’s this season, make sure you consult your Realtor because this may be the best time to buy or sell. Happy Holidays!
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur babies, Tyler and Livvie, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.