If you have been thinking of selling your Southern Nevada home but are waiting until after the holidays, you are missing out on valuable opportunities. Valley real estate experts say that with fewer homes on the market in December, sellers can make more money and sell their homes quicker than they can in January or February.
“Statistics show that you have a 20 percent greater chance of selling your home in November or December than in the entire first three months of the year combined,” said Leslie Carver of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties. She should know. In 2014, Carver’s real estate team sold 167 homes for $42.4 million, making her one of the valley’s most successful real estate sales executives.
“This month, there are about the same number of people looking for homes as there are in January and February, but significantly less homes to choose from,” said Carver. “So the homes that sell this month usually sell more quickly and at a better price.”
According to statistics from the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors (GLVAR), there was a 64 percent increase in new listings available for sale in January of this year vs. December of last year. Last December, there were 3,024 new homes added to the Southern Nevada MLS (Multiple Listing Service). In January, that number jumped to 4,661.
“And the buyers during this time are more serious than other times of the year,” said Carver. “They are not what we call ‘looky-loos’. They are serious about buying a home and many want to complete the purchase by the end of the year, which makes timing important.”
According to industry analyst and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties corporate broker Forrest Barbee, homeowners can sell their homes quickly if they do their homework. “There are many homes currently on the market that are improperly priced,” he said. “With the low number of homes on the market this month, properly priced homes are getting multiple offers and often selling within 30 days.”
Carver said there are additional benefits to selling a home in December. “With fewer transactions happening during the month, lenders can also process loans faster,” she said. “And the end of the year also brings deadlines. Corporations looking to relocate employees and investors generally want to complete transactions by the end of the year. It is a great time to sell a well-priced home in Southern Nevada.”
For more information on selling a home in Southern Nevada, call Leslie Carver at 702-436-3615 or visit Forrest Barbee’s regular blog with local real estate statistics at http://ninedots.net/. Both Carver and Barbee are affiliated with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties, a division of Americana Holdings.
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