Selling Your Home | Top 3 Reasons to List Now

October 30, 2022

Three Reasons Why November Is A Great Month For Home Sellers

Many homeowners think it’s better to wait until the new year to list. We will share reasons to change your minds, though, once you consider these three eye-opening reasons why November can be the best time of the year to sell:

1. Less Competition
If you are worried about listing during the winter, you are not alone. Many people worry that listing their home in the winter months won’t be worth it, they fear that they won’t have many buyers scheduling showings and won’t attract adequate turnout at open houses.

But we know there are always people looking for desirable homes regardless of the season. Even more importantly, if your house is one of the few on the market during November, it can work to your advantage. When inventory is low, your home may have an easier time catching the eye of prospective buyers as shorter days and wintry weather have no effect on internet searches. If buyers are looking online, fewer listings means less searching to find your sellers’ homes. Lower inventory can sometimes speed up the home sale.

2. Motivated Buyers
Chances are, if buyers are at home shopping in November, they’ve got a pretty good reason. Perhaps their search is triggered by a timely life event, such as a recent job relocation or maybe they simply didn’t have free time until the fall to really start looking. Regardless of the reason, if buyers are looking in November, they are truly motivated. Their motivation may be price-driven, too.

Buyers sometimes postpone their search until after the busy season to find a motivated seller who has realistically priced the home to sell. In spring and summer months, sellers run the risk of attracting not-so-serious buyers. These so-called “tire-kickers” tend to come out of the woodwork when the weather is nicer, more out of curiosity than real desire to purchase a home. So, in some ways, fall is really prime time for truly serious buyers.

3. Year-end Tax Breaks
Homes purchased during November come with attractive tax breaks that include deductions for points, interest and property taxes. A buyer may also be motivated to buy a new home to avoid paying capital gains on the proceeds from the sale of a house they closed on in the preceding summer. This is a great resource: IRS’s Information For Homeowners. This information can help provide more convincing reasons why November and December are great times to sell a home – and a great time to buy one, too.

Don’t forget that adding an American Home ShieldⓇ Home Warranty to their listing is another smart way to entice buyers. It shows good faith and offers an assurance to buyers that covered breakdowns of the home appliances and/or major components of home systems fall under their AHSⓇ Home Warranty for the first year of ownership. No matter the season, an AHSⓇ Home Warranty makes sense for sellers and buyers during any real estate transaction.