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5 Tips For Selling A Home In Winter
In real estate sales. Buyers hibernate, inventory shrinks, and sales languish.Selling a home in winter can be a bit more challenging, but don’t panic. With a few winter-specific selling tips in your pocket, you’ll be able to put the best face on any winter listing.
Tip #1: Display the year-round beauty of your listing.
Tip #2: “Warm and cozy” is key.
- Set the thermostat to a comfortable level (between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit).
- Don’t start a fire (for safety reasons), but do highlight a functional fireplace.
- Open shades and blinds to let in natural light and warmth.
- Advise sellers to seal window and door cracks.
- Add snuggly throws to seating areas.
Tip #3: Take advantage of the holiday season.
Tip #4: Remember that lending will still be tight this winter.Most industry experts agree that conventional lending standards will remain tight over the winter. The average conventional purchaser maintained a FICO score of 762, and a loan-to-value (LTV) ratio of 79 percent in September, 2012. Those impressive figures indicate that less-perfect borrowers will have a hard time obtaining conventional financing.FHA and VA loan programs continue to operate under flexible credit standards, but can’t be utilized for all property purchases.Keep the tight lending climate in mind when pricing and marketing your winter listings.
Tip #5: Use a smaller inventory to your advantage.
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