Should I keep my home on the market during the holidays?

Republished from the Danbury News Times

With the holiday season upon us, and our first snow storm in November, you may be asking yourself if you should keep your home on the market or take it off until spring.

That is a conversation I would have with my Realtor. Depending on my client’s specific situation, the answer can be very different.

If you want or need to sell as soon as possible, taking your home off the market will give

you zero chance of selling it. Two key benefits to keeping your home on the market during this time are that there is less competition and serious buyers are out there looking.

Traditionally in our area, the market has a significant slow down but that does not mean homes do not sell. I actually bought both of my homes in December. With the current lack of inventory doubling due to the amount of homes that traditionally will be off the market during the holidays, you have the best shot of selling yours. There is not a buyer out there during this time that is just looking … they are serious buyers for whatever their reasons.


Having said that, if you are not as eager to sell, have many holi- day celebrations planned and would rather not deal with keep- ing up with home showings, etc., taking your home off the market may be the right answer for you. If your home has a very steep driveway, that may give you pause. In marketing a home, we want to highlight the positive and downplay the negative. Best to start marketing your home in the warmer months.

If you are a seller that is look- ing to stay the course for that one perfect buyer, it is important to ensure your home is priced well and show ready.

Laura Cruger, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, (203) 948-1103,

Click here to visit my William Pitt Sotheby’s Website


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