Being the first always have more benefits than consequences. If season after season, people put up their house on sale during spring because the demand increases during that time, wouldn't it be great if you can get ahead of the pack by putting your house on the list as early as today so buyers can see yours before they have visibility on your competition?
The #1 Reason to List Your Home in the Winter Months is Less Competition!
Housing supply traditionally shrinks at this time of year, so the choices buyers have will be limited. The chart below was created using the months' supply of listings from the National Association of Realtors.
As you can see, the 'sweet spot' to list your home for the most exposure naturally occurs in the late fall and winter months (November - February).
Temperatures aren't the only thing that heats up in the spring - so do listings!
In 2017, listings increased by nearly half a million houses from December to June. Don't wait for these listings to come to market before you decide to list your house.
Added Bonus: Only Serious Buyers Are Out in the Winter
At this time of year, only those purchasers who are serious about buying a home will be in the marketplace. You and your family will not be bothered and inconvenienced by mere 'lookers.' The lookers are at the mall or online doing their holiday shopping.
If you have been debating whether or not to sell your home and are curious about market conditions in your area, talk with a local real estate professional who can help you decide the best time to list your house for sale.