September Newsletter

September Newsletter

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Should I sell my home in the fall?

You missed the spring market. Now that summer vacation is a distant memory, you are contemplating if you should list your house this fall or wait until next spring. Selling a home in the fall presents both advantages and disadvantages to sellers. Here are some considerations to help you make an informed decision: 

Fairfield County Real Estate Market – Spring and summer are peak seasons for real estate. Many homeowners choose to list their homes during that time, leading to a potential decrease in market competition in the fall. This may give your property more visibility and a better chance of standing out. That said, inventory is at a historically low level in Fairfield County - if your home is reasonably priced and has a nice presentation, there will be no problem finding viable buyers. 

Personal Circumstances - Consider your own situation. Are you ready to sell your home now? Do you have a pressing reason to move, such as a job relocation, family changes, or financial considerations? Your personal timeline should play a significant role in your decision. 

Property Condition - Evaluate the condition of your home. If it's well-maintained and doesn't rely heavily on summer landscaping or features, it can be attractive to buyers in the fall. Conversely, if your property's curb appeal is highly dependent on a lush garden or summer amenities, you might want to wait until spring or summer. 

Curb Appeal – Take into account how your home looks during the fall season. Can you enhance its appearance with seasonal decorations or landscaping improvements? Fall foliage can be visually appealing and create a warm atmosphere, but it's essential to keep up with maintenance, like clearing leaves from the yard.  

Buyer Demand – Families with school-age children often prefer to move during the summer to minimize disruption. Buyers who are actively searching for homes in the fall may be more motivated to make a purchase, possibly due to life events like job relocations, changes in family status, or financial considerations.  

Timing - Keep in mind that the fall season has shorter daylight hours, so scheduling showings and open houses might require additional lighting and planning. Be prepared for the potential for weather-related challenges. 

Holiday Considerations – Consider how holidays and vacation plans might affect both your availability for showings and willingness of buyers to engage in the home-buying process during the fall. 

As you can see, selling a home in the fall can be a viable option, but it comes with its own set of challenges and opportunities. Consider the market conditions, your personal circumstances, and the condition of your property when deciding whether to list your home in the fall or another season. 



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