To List or Not To List?

Unknown-2Here we are, heading into the fall. The season is shifting. Days are growing shorter, The year is beginning to wind down. And for some, the real estate market is rapidly approaching one of those existential moments of truth. To List or Not to List… that is the question.

Yep, it’s that time all you Sellers. Or at least all you would-be Sellers who are wrestling with the age-old questions that would-be Sellers always torture themselves with this time of year – when it feels like the market is running out of time.

Is it too late to list? Has your window of opportunity already closed? Are there any Buyers left out there? Is it foolish to put your house on the market now? Will it just sit and gather days on market while the weather and Buyers continue to cool? The market won’t get any better as November approaches, will it? Won’t Buyers get even more distracted by all the holiday hoopla?

Should you just stop worrying about it and get your house on the market as fast as you can? Even if it isn’t completely ready? Maybe you’ll get lucky and catch the last big wave before things die down? Some homes are still selling aren’t they? With so few listings your property might be worth even more. There must be Buyers out there who lost out in multiple-offer contests this summer. They’re probably anxious to get in when there’s less competition. Are those the kind of Buyers who will pay more or less for your house?

Or should you just put things on hold and dial everything back? Take time to reset and plan for a better launch date in 2016? And if that’s the case – what time frame should you shoot for? Is January too early? Is May too late? Should you wait until the flowers bloom and things are green again? What if we have that Godzilla El Nino they’re talking about? How will that affect the market? Are we in a bubble now? Will it burst before you put your house on?

And… finally, if you do decide to sit back between now and next year, do you just wait and do nothing? Become a passive observer on the sidelines? Or are there more things you could be doing to prepare your home for sale and get better results? What steps should I take? What should you be aware of ? Who should you talk to?

Sound familiar? Did I cover most of those nagging fears and what-ifs that are competing for attention in your heads? What’s it going to be? Door number one? Door number two? Or door number three? Hold off or get it on? Put it off till next year and work to get it really ready?

It’s become fashionable lately to see Realtors using the tech-inspired buzz-phrase – hyper-local.Hyper-local hype is all over the internet. But I think we should chuck out hyper-local and replace it with hyper-personal – because the answers people are seeking are sublimely personal. Each person’s life is unique. Everyone’s situation is different. Write or give me a call if you want some hyper-personal advice.

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