It's a myth that it's harder to sell a home during the holidays, according to the Oklahoma Association of Realtors.
There is one caveat: Linda Finch, an associate with Paradigm AdvantEdge Real Estate, said that pictures of a house decorated for the holidays can be a great marketing tool, “but come January 15, it's time to take new pictures.”
Here are some selling tips from the Realtors:
• Deck the halls.
Especially during the holidays, many buyers make decisions based on emotions. Decorations can help them fall in love with your home. A wreath on the door, a garland on the mantel and sprigs of holly here and there can help buyers envision spending the holidays in the home with their own families in years to come.
But keep things simple and tasteful. The goal of decorating is to enhance your home, not to overpower it.
Create an oasis.
Warmth and comfort are great selling points. Light the fire, bake some gingerbread and welcome potential buyers in from the cold weather.
• Keep an open-door policy.
Even though you may be busy with seasonal festivities, stay committed and don't turn down showings. Often, people shopping for homes during the holidays are serious buyers who need to make a decision before the end of the year.
Remember, it's a numbers game.
Historically, more people wait out the holidays and put houses on the market in the spring, so you may be able to stay ahead of the game, sell your home and get a jump on looking for a new house when more options are coming onto the market.
— Tim Fall