Does Back to School Spell Doom for Your Home Deal?

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Many folks look forward to this time of year because it brings crisp days and pumpkin lattés. But if your home’s on the market, autumn days can give you a raging case of cold sweats.

There’s no denying that home sales typically cool down this time of year. As families settle into the school year, reading, writing and ‘rithmetic take over, and thoughts of moving fade with summer memories.

But does back to school really spell doom for your home sale?


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A Matter of Perspective

Parents may hustle to make the most of the warm-weather window to buy a new home before school’s back in session—but that doesn’t mean hope’s lost. Families searching for a home this time of year are typically more serious than those who breeze through in the summer months.

And guess what? They’re not your only prospects.

According to the National Association of Realtors, nearly two-thirds of buyers fall into either the Millennial or Baby Boomer generation and probably don’t give a hoot about the school calendar! Ask your real estate agent to advise you on the best way to market your home to first-time buyers and empty-nesters.

Beat the Competition

Here’s another factor in your favor: Inventories typically drop with the temperatures. With fewer homes to choose from, buyers will jump on your home in less time. Even better, less competition means more money!

Ensure your home stands out from the rest with these seasonal tips:

—Brighten it up. Shorter days can be a real downer. Make your home a place of cheer by replacing worn-out bulbs and lighting up dark corners. Let the sunshine in by washing windows inside and out and throwing open the blinds during daylight hours.

—Get comfy. ’Tis the season for bonfires and fuzzy sweaters! Create a cozy haven by setting out a few strategically placed throw blankets and making your fireplace the center of attention. Warm buyers up by baking fresh cookies and brewing mulled cider. Score bonus points by sharing the goodies!

—Polish up your rake. This time of year can feel like a never-ending battle to keep your yard tidy. Win buyers' hearts by tackling leaves as soon as they hit the ground. You don’t want yard work to be the first thing that crosses a buyer’s mind when they pull up to the curb.

Turbo-Charge Your Sale

Want to sell your home before Santa Claus comes to town? Team up with a high-octane real estate agent to sell your home fast. Don’t settle for an agent who only sells a handful of homes a year. This job calls for a pro!

Dave’s real estate Endorsed Local Providers (ELPs) know what it takes to move the needle every season of the year. If you’re ready to sell your home, why not work with the best of the best? Find the top agents Dave recommends in your area today!

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