Fall Market Update: Is the Fall a Good Time to Sell?
Posted: October 04, 2021 by Kira Taylor
2021 has proven to be another record-breaking year for real estate in the Vail Valley. Year-to-date residential sales volume has reached over $2B which is a 37% increase over last year. While some pockets of the market do seem to be settling in average sales price, others are not. Buyers are resurfacing after summer travels and are more serious about finding a great home in the Vail Valley.
The early spring through the summer are generally the busiest times of the year for home sales, but the fall can be a particularly advantageous time of year for sellers. Housing inventory drops off during the fall months, so sellers have less competition. That means you can expect higher offers, fewer contingencies, and less scrutiny from buyers. You maintain more power over your terms.
Fall buyers are serious buyers! Early in the year, you can get lots of lookers who are just thinking about buying at some point, but by fall the buyers still looking are ready to get under contract and often have a deadline. Many fall buyers are anxious to get settled before the holiday season and, if they have children in school, they will want to get them in their new schools before too much of the school year passes.
Employers who pay to relocate employees also like to shop off-season to save on moving costs. Living in close proximity to Vail Health, Vail or Beaver Creek Resorts, Colorado Mountain College, a top-rated Eagle County School, or an industrial area, your home may be attractive to relocation services.
Fall is also prime time for buyers who aren’t shopping in school districts. Young professionals and empty nesters are two populations more likely to shop in the fall. If you are marketing to these populations, you might want to show off multi-use spaces for exercise rooms, a home office, or a game room.
The fall is much more fun for showing a home than the dead of summer. Use the mild weather and a festive atmosphere to enhance your home’s showing potential. As the temperatures cool and we welcome crisp, clear fall days, it becomes easier to maintain your yard and add to your curb appeal. You can use fall colors and foliage in your home décor to create a cozy atmosphere. Don’t forget some pumpkin spice-scented candles or warm oatmeal cookies to warm buyers up for a sweet deal.
If you’re thinking about selling but can’t decide between listing now and waiting until after the holidays, now is the time. Give me a call, and let’s tie the whole process up in a pretty red bow long before the new year.?