If you've been near a mall anytime since Thanksgiving, you know there's a lot of buying going on.
But if you're a homeowner whose holiday wish list includes a new place to park your sleigh, remember 'tis the season for brisk selling activity for metro-area houses.
It all depends on how you deck the halls, according to the Oklahoma Association of Realtors.
“Placing or keeping your home on the market during this time of year has its advantages, as it provides a great opportunity for really showcasing your home,” said Joe Pryor, association president and an agent with Redbud Realty & Associates in Edmond.
Simon Shingleton, a Realtor with Keller Williams, said the best showcasing means decorating for the holidays — but decorating with restraint, to create the most attractive picture for potential buyers.
If you're selling, Shingleton said, this might be a good year to “keep your most personal decorations in the box.”
“I want buyers to walk into an open, uncluttered space where they can imagine themselves living,” he said.
Because there will traffic. Even if some potential sellers opt to wait until spring to list their home, buyers are out there, said Linda Finch of Paradigm AdvantEdge Real Estate.
Finch dismissed any notion that the end of the year is slowdown time for home sales.
“January is especially busy,” she said, “when we always see a spike in corporate transfers.” But it's over Thanksgiving and into December, with school breaks and family travel, that the searches begin.
That year-end demand combined with what Shingleton characterized as “traditionally fewer listings” in the last quarter translates into reduced inventory, and smart sellers can take advantage.
One listing that came Shingleton's way the week before Thanksgiving brought seven offers in two days.
A Lincoln Terrace house he listed one Friday early in December was under contract the following Monday.
“Houses just look great in December,” Shingleton said. “And great-looking houses are selling if they're priced right.”