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Holiday Homes: Reasons why Listing in December can actually give you an advantage

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It is a common perception that listing your home during the holidays will make it a much more difficult process compared to the summer months where historically, more movement in the Real Estate market happens. However, there are some distinct advantages to listing during the slow holiday season.

1) Low Supply, High Demand

Most agents advise their clients to wait until the New Year to ensure maximum exposure as potential buyers wrap up their holidays and begin to search again for their next home. Once the New Year arrives, they will push their clients' homes out into the market in full force.

However, as the market begins to become largely saturated at that time with the sudden influx of new listings, there will be less demand for each individual home as the supply takes a drastic increase. Therefore, by listing at a time when the market is slow and there is not much inventory during the holidays, scarcity can work in your favor by increasing the demand for your home, helping you get a better price for your property.

2) Buyer Commitment

The most serious and committed buyers search right through the holiday season. They are often motivated by a deadline or an unexpected change in their careers or housing situation. Therefore, a great time to find these motivated and committed buyers is in December, where their pressing needs do not take a holiday. If they take a liking to your home, they will be more likely to pay a higher price for it to ensure they can find a place to live as fast as they can, whereas a non-committed buyer may not be pressed for time and try to negotiate a lower price over a longer period.

Buyers will also have more time during the week to research areas, search for homes and view your property while they are off from work for the holidays. 

3) Emotions Could Drive a Sale

The holidays are a very joyous occasion. Many prospective home buyers have their perfect idea of a home in mind, and being able to experience the neighborhood and the home during the holidays will help them imagine their own family in that setting during the holiday season. With a few decorations and a warmer feel for the neighborhood, home buyers could feel a stronger emotional connection to the home, driving a sale.

4) Tax Advantages

Purchasing a home before the end of the year allows buyers to deduct property taxes, mortgage interest and loan points on their tax return. This could be a pressing point for a buyer who is keen to save money on their taxes. 

This also helps the sale move along quickly as these buyers will be eager to close on the sale before the New Year when they can no longer take advantage of these tax breaks, therefore reducing the amount of time spent negotiating and facilitating for an easier agreement.

5) If You're Travelling, Less Hassle

If you travel for the holidays, your agent can show your home without having to schedule times for your family to vacate. This can prove to be much easier for families who want the freedom to enjoy their home while the house is on the market. For those who stay home on the holidays, you can restrict your showings to specific times and dates around your schedule to ensure minimal interruptions for you and your family.

6) Sell High, Buy Low

Because demand is high during the holiday season, those who are able to sell their home are more likely to garner top dollar from the committed buyers. This can prove to be a big advantage when looking forward to the purchase of your next home. 

After the holiday season, when most homes are pushed out and inventory becomes abundant, you will have an advantage over other buyers who have not yet sold their home and would need to do so before purchasing any of the properties out on the market. By being one step ahead of the competition, you can qualify for the opportunity to be a non-contingent buyer, which will appeal to sellers and give you a chance to buy your next home at a lower price. Coupled with the fact that demand will lower with more inventory, having the ability to purchase a home without having to wait on the sale of your own home can provide huge savings, and ensure your family is able to gain an upper hand in the negotiation to ensure you don't lose out on your next dream home.

These are all things to keep in mind when considering whether to list your home during the holidays or wait until the New Year.  No matter the decision you make, ensure you are working with a top Realtor who can provide a strategic plan to get your home on the market and sold for the best price. 

Holmby News 12-3-14


December 3, 2014

From the Holmby Westwood Property Owners Association, serving the Holmby Westwood community since 1960.
1.  Flood Prevention and Preparedness
2.  Meet Your Neighborhood Prosecutor
3.  Thank You Belmont Village
4.  Upcoming Community Events
5.  Sarah Leonard Jewelers Holiday Party

6.  HWPOA Communication and Ad Policy
7.  Resident Ads
8.  HWPOA Contact Information
With our first rain of the season, the LAFD has provided a few safety reminders:
  • Ensure that all drains, gutters and downspouts are functioning properly. This is especially important for flat-roofed buildings.
  • Keep ground-level drains and drainage areas (ditches, swales, small channels) free of debris.
  • Contact your insurance agent to assure that your flood and storm coverage is adequate and in effect. Confirm the 24-hour contact, policy and claim numbers for your insurer(s). Place that information in your cell phone and a printed copy in the glove box of your car.
  • Review your Family Emergency Plan and prepare an Emergency Supply Kit that includes food, water, medications, flashlight, battery-powered radio, rain gear and first aid supplies.
  • Landscape slope areas with plants that are fire retardant and suitable for erosion control.
  • Keep sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting, lumber, hand tools and other materials handy for addressing stormwater issues.
  • Do not walk through flowing water. Drowning is the number-one cause of flood deaths, mostly during flash floods. Currents can be deceptive; six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet.
  • Do not drive through a flooded area. More people drown in their car than anywhere else. Do not drive around road barriers; the road or bridge may be washed out.
  • Stay away from power lines and electrical wires. A common flood killer is electrocution. Electrical currents can travel through water.
  • Report downed power lines in the City of Los Angeles to the Department of Water and Power (800-DIAL-DWP) or emergency officials.
LA City Attorney Mike Feuer invites you to meet your new West LA Neighborhood Prosecutor.  If you are concerned about your neighborhood or have questions, please attend this event and meet Veronica de la Cruz-Robles.
Thursday, December 4 at 6:30 PM
West LA Municipal Bldg.
1645 Corinth Ave., Room 200
Los Angeles, CA  90025
Belmont Village (Senior Living Facility in Westwood) has graciously let the HWPOA Board of Directors utilize their facilities for our monthly meetings.  As a thank you, the HWPOA Board recently sent them a floral arrangement to be displayed in their lobby during the holidays.  Thank you, Belmont!
Westside Winter Shelter Donation Drive – The Westside Winter Shelter Program offers hundreds of homeless people on the Westside a warm bed. The Shelter will be open from December 1, 2014 – March 1, 2015 and we need your help to ensure the program has the supplies it needs to operate. For details of how to help, please click here: WinterShelterDonations2014
Spark of Love Toy Drive – The Los Angeles Fire Department Holiday Toy Program for Needy Children collects new unwrapped toys or sporting goods and distributes to identified recipients prior to December 25. Donations may be dropped off at your local Fire Station in Southern California during the holiday season. For more information, please click here:
Quartet in Residence @ Westwood Library – The last concert of the year for the popular Quartet in Residence series at the Westwood Library will be held on December 7 at 2:30 PM. For a quick peek at the last concert, please click here:
Handel’s Messiah Sing-Along – Friday, Dec. 5th at 8:00 PM at Westwood Presbyterian Church (10822 Wilshire).  Admission is free.  For more information, please click here:
Westwood Library Used Book Sale – Saturday, Dec. 6th from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  Pick up some great bargains while helping your library.
HWPOA would like to support our local businesses.  Sarah Leonard Jewelers in Westwood is hosting a 68th Anniversary Holiday Party and Sale on Thursday, Dec.  4th, from 6pm-9pm.  30% off all vintage and estate jewelry and watches.  For more information, please click here:
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