Friday, August 3, 2018

Should I list my home in the fall? By Lisa DiBiase

The answer is YES! A resounding YES! While springtime might be the best time to put your home
on the market, it is not always possible for everyone to coordinate that timing. No need to worry, you can still sell your home for a good price in the fall and even the winter. Here are a few tips to consider when listing in the fall/winter.

Photos: This is your first impression online and it is recommended to keep some photos of how the property looks in the spring time when the greens are lush. You want to impress the buyer and showcase the beauty it has, not just the dead grass and trees with no leaves. You can't force the leaves to stay on the trees, but it is recommended to rake them and keep the yard as tidy as possible.

Before the weather turns cold: Make sure you have your heating system serviced and cleaned so you don't run into any problems going into the colder months. You don't want to have a furnace quit on you when you have a buyer ready to see your property.

Fewer showings: The market is hottest in the springtime, we know that. However, that does not mean there are not ready and willing buyers ready to buy! These buyers in the fall tend to be very serious and motivated. Be ready to sell

Expectations: As a seller you shouldn't have to settle for less than the home is worth just because you are selling in the fall but do be prepared for a little less fire in the belly behind the offers. Some buyers think they can make a low-ball offer looking for the “killer deal”.

To capitalize on the sellers’ market, take these points into consideration and contact a Realtor®. As I have said before, please call a local Realtor® for all your real estate needs no matter how big or small. We are trained professionals here to make your life easier. It's best to surround yourself with the right team of professionals that can continuously give you the right advice for all your circumstances.

Lisa DiBiase is a Broker/Owner. She and her company represent buyers and sellers in the Greater Portland Area. For all your real estate needs contact

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