Selling a home during the holiday season may be a challenge for homeowners in California and throughout the country. Part of the challenge of selling a home in November or December is that real estate agents, loan officers and others may have limited hours. This means that there is a higher likelihood that an inspection or an appointment with a loan officer takes more time to schedule or gets postponed.
Homeowners are encouraged to make their homes look and feel as inviting as the holiday season itself. For instance, it may be a good idea to bake cookies or put poinsettias out on the front step. However, it is important to decorate in a manner that doesn’t create a lot of clutter. It is also important to ensure that the interior is painted and that minor repairs have been made.
Those who are trying to sell their homes at the end of the calendar year should be sure that their real estate agents are up to the task. It is not unusual for an agent to have personal obligations to take care in addition to helping a client sell his or her property. It is important that sellers take the time to make sure their agents are able to show houses or take other steps to complete a sale in a timely manner.
Individuals who want to sell their homes in a timely manner may want to enlist the help of an attorney. He or she may be able to help answer a buyer’s questions or take other steps to ensure that a real estate closing takes place as quickly as possible. An attorney may also be able to help a seller evaluate offers and answer any questions.