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Why the Fall Is a Great Time to Sell Your Home

Sometimes, it really pays to go against the crowd.

As you probably know, spring is the season when most people around North Alabama put their homes on the market.

Summer is the high season, and it’s when most homes get sold.

And yet, there are a few powerful reasons why fall might actually be a better time than either spring or summer to sell your home.

It makes perfect sense when you think about it.

By the fall, the bulk of spring listings are expiring. As a result, there is less competition, particularly when you consider the *NEW* label and the fewer days on the market that your listing will boast.

Also, home buyers in the fall are more serious. They have been looking at listings for months, and they are eager to conclude their search and move in comfortably before the holidays.

When you put those two things together, you get that homes listed in the fall sell more quickly and often command a higher price. In fact, fall is the season with the highest percentage of sold listings, beating out summer by 1%.

Now, if you are thinking of selling your home this fall, there are a few things you have to do differently.

First, you have to prepare your home to account for the particular fall conditions.

For example, you need to check the HVAC system. Also, make sure to turn on all the lights; you’ve got to compensate for the shorter, cloudier days. Cleaning up the yard is also a must.

The second thing you need to do is price your home appropriately.

To get started, check out the value calculator we created that takes into account recent North Alabama sales to give you an idea of what your home is worth right now.

Enter your home address here to find out what your home is currently worth.

Once you have an idea of what your home is worth, how should you price it?

On the one hand, the fall is not a good time to start with a sky-high price. If you don’t sell right away, you might not have time to adjust the price because of the smaller number of buyers and the shorter selling period (nobody wants to move over Christmas).

On the other hand, those serious buyers we mentioned earlier might be willing to pay more simply because they’ve been looking longer and are more eager to buy.

It’s a balancing act. It’s also something we can definitely help you with.

Give us a call at 256-799-9000 if you are considering selling this fall, and we’ll give you our recommendations on how to price your home based on current conditions in North Alabama.

This Week’s Closings:

  • Mr. Hubert Smith
  • Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Williams
  • Mr. Jonathan Wilson
  • Ms. Sheree Harness
  • Mr. Jose Bucio
  • Mr. and Mrs. Byron McGriff
  • Mr. Matthew Hawes
  • Mr. Bryan Barcelo
  • Ms. Robyn Gaten
  • Mr. and Mrs. George Berzett
  • Ms. Sierra Harris
  • Mr. and Mrs. Michael Poppin
  • Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Menefee
  • Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Hovermale, Jr.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jackson
  • Mr. Michael Chase Martin
  • Mr. and Mrs. John Defourneaux, Jr.
  • Mr. Dejuan Holley
  • Ms. Chantel Patterson
  • Mr. Billy Ray Hopkins
  • Mr. and Mrs. Thomas VanMeter
  • Mr. and Mrs. Harold Dowling
  • Mr. and Mrs. Justin Beck
  • Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Deskins
  • Mr. and Mrs. Scott Brodeur
  • Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Whelchel

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