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When we say ‘tis the season, we’re usually not referring to the season to sell your home. That’s because in regions with seasons, the best time to sell a home is typically the spring and summer.
But even in areas where snow covers the ground for months, it is possible to sell your house in winter, and often for a price as good as you’d get in summer. It just takes a winter strategy to match the winter conditions.
“More often than not, homes in the winter will sell for more money,” says Paul Stone, a Redfin real estate agent in Denver. “There’s less inventory to choose from.” He advises winter sellers to be flexible because it’s hard to predict how long a given home will take to sell and the number of showings could depend on the weather.
Redfin analyzed two years of sales, from 2011 to 2013, in a handful of large cities and found that homes listed in winter sold a week faster and closer to the asking price than those listed in other seasons. The analysis, which included traditionally cold cities like Chicago and Boston, showed homes were also more likely to sell within six months of appearing on the market. Full Article