Despite the misconception that autumn and winter are when we ‘hibernate’ in readiness for the spring, nothing could be further from the truth. There are a number of variables around why there’s a post-Christmas surge to “get our house in order” and get it on the market, with divorce sadly being one. But it’s also a time when we spend the most concentrated amount of time together, under one roof and this acts as a stimulant to many vendors.
If you’re serious about selling, the trick is to get the house on the market as early in the year as possible. This is when potential purchasers will start their search, as it seems the New Year has a psychological effect on our need to relocate. Many vendors may take their time getting their properties “sale ready” and in doing so miss the post-Christmas rush of home buyers.
Similarly as the year goes on, there’s a perception that June and July are dead months for house sales, but in reality there are a glut of potential purchasers just waiting for new properties to come on the market. In what passed for summer 2015, Templeton Robinson achieved sales that were up 16% on the corresponding period last year, and viewings for the first nine months of the year totalled 14,862.
The younger the buyer, the more likely they are to look at property all year round, but even the older among us can take advantage of being ahead of the pack when it comes to selling smart, Hallowe’en being the case in point. Many might think the market goes into hibernation as the nights draw in, but the canny vendor knows that there are still buyers out there just waiting to be tempted.
So for buyers and sellers alike, think outside traditional timelines for house moves and remember that buying or selling a house isn’t just for immediately before or after Christmas, it’s for the whole year.