Should You List Your Home During the Holidays?

winter home sale
winter home sale

By Brendon Desimone for Zillow

As the holidays approach, I'm always asked the same questions:

  • Should we keep our property on the real estate market or take it off?

  • Do we list now, wait until after the first of the year, or hold off until spring?

In the past, conventional wisdom said you shouldn't try to sell a home during the holidays. However, the old thinking doesn't really apply -- thanks to the Internet and hectic lifestyles, as well as traditional rules of supply and demand.

Whether to sell or not at the end of the year has to do with your particular situation and market. But in general, here's some real estate advice about why you should consider listing your home during the holidays, or even in January.

Buyers are always looking for properties online.

Historically, potential homebuyers felt that the holidays were too hectic for home shopping. They were preoccupied with planning parties, cooking meals, buying presents or planning vacations. Going out with a real estate agent to look at properties conflicted with a busy holiday schedule. This made perfect sense -- before the Internet, smart phones, and tablets came along.