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I am proud to be a licensed Texas REALTOR® since 1983 and a licensed Escrow Officer in the title insurance industry since 1997. My extensive real estate background includes the last 14 years of title insurance marketing, sales and escrow operations. I owe my success to relationships I have built and accentuating the positive!
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Holidays...To List or Not To List?
Several years ago while working for a title insurance
company in The Woodlands, Texas, Donna walked into my office to sell her
services and asked if I network. More on
that another time…
Most of my networking opportunities today are with REALTORS®
in The Woodlands and surrounding areas.
REALTORS® are a large source of my title insurance business and we are
constantly sharing ideas and strategies.
Yesterday, while attending my BNI chapter meeting, a
REALTOR® asked for my advice and it led to a discussion about sellers wanting
to take their home off the market during the holidays. What a joyous time to show off a home! We have always said that buyers who want to
look at properties during inclement weather are normally very serious
buyers. The same can be said of buyers
that look during the holidays. There may
be fewer showings during the holidays, but the showings a seller does have will
likely be worth it. I was one of those
buyers during December 2008 and there were very few homes on the market in my
desired area and price range.
There is an obvious advantage to keeping a home on the
market when history shows that many sellers will pull theirs off, especially
with interest rates as low as they are. Even
during the holidays we see new buyers rotating into the market, and a home off
the market is just that, off the market.
And for those that do not want the inconvenience of preparing for
showings while getting ready for and during holiday gatherings, it is
acceptable to allow specific, limited showing days and times.
A serious buyer is a blessing and there will be increased
competition on the market after the holidays and unknown interest rates. Let’s encourage current and prospective
sellers to showcase their homes during the upcoming season.