As you look ahead to the winter season, you’re likely making plans and thinking about what you want to achieve before the year ends. One of those key decision points could be whether or not you want to move this year. If the location or size of your current home no longer meets your needs, finding a house that better suits your lifestyle may be your top priority. But with today’s cooling housing market, is it a good time to sell your house, or should you wait? If you’re ready to move, here are three reasons to consider selling before the holidays.
1. Get One Step Ahead of Other Sellers
Typically, in the residential real estate market, homeowners are less likely to list their houses toward the end of the year. That’s because people get busy around the holidays and deprioritize selling their house until the start of the new year when their schedules and social calendars calm down.
While other homeowners may hold off until after the holidays, selling now can help your house stand out. Start the process with a real estate professional today to get your house on the market and get ahead of your competition.
2. Get in Front of Serious Buyers This Season
Even though housing supply has increased this year as buyer demand has moderated, it’s still low overall. That means there aren’t enough homes on the market today, especially as the millennial generation reaches their peak homebuying years. As Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American, says:
“While not the frenzy of 2021, the largest living generation, the Millennials, will continue to age into their prime homebuying years, creating a demographic tailwind for the housing market.” Serious buyers will still be looking this winter, and your house may be exactly what they’re searching for. If you work with an agent to list your house now, you’ll be able to get in front of eager buyers who are hoping to make a move before the year ends.
3. Seize a Great Chance To Move Up
Don’t forget today’s homeowners have record amounts of equity. According to CoreLogic, the average amount of equity per mortgage holder has climbed to almost $300,000. That’s an all-time high. That means the equity you have in your house right now could cover some, if not all, of a down payment on the home of your dreams.
And as you weigh the reasons to sell before winter, don’t lose sight of why you’re thinking about moving in the first place. Maybe it’s time to buy a house in a better location for you, has the space you and your loved ones have been craving, or gives you that sense of home. A trusted real estate advisor can help you determine how much home equity you have and how you can use it to achieve your goal of making a move.
If you’re considering selling your house so you can find a home that suits your needs, don’t delay your plans. Let’s connect so you can accomplish your Detroit Real Estate goals before winter.
Austin Black II is the founder and team leader of City Living Detroit. The team is now affiliated with @properties Christie’s International Real Estate. He has been serving downtown Detroit, and the surrounding areas' real estate needs since 2005. Austin Black II is the recipient of local and national real estate awards. Contact him today, and he will guide you through the journey of finding your ideal home in Detroit, the Woodward Corridor suburbs, or the Grosse Pointes.