Winter in Omaha

Winter in Omaha

Soon, I’ll be writing a blog post and it will be freezing outside and maybe snowing. The Farmer’s Almanac predicts, Winter in Omaha will be milder and drier than normal, with near- to above-normal snowfall. The coldest periods will be in early to mid- and mid- to late January and early February. The snowiest periods will be in mid- to late November, mid-January, and early February.

When I suggest to homeowners that winter in Omaha is a great time to sell their house, they look at me and say, “Do people sell houses in winter?

Some people love to shop in December for a major purchase. That’s why you see TV car ads showing big red Christmas bows on expensive autos for romantic husbands hoping to surprise their wives with the best Christmas present ever. People who shop this time of year, who wade through the snow, who brave the elements are serious buyers. There’s no need to wait until after New Years or even spring if you want to sell quickly.

In fact, contrary to local Omaha opinion makers, a recent newspaper article confirms that winter in Omaha is one of the best times to sell. A recent study examined home listing, sale price and time-on-market data from 2010 through this past October from around the country, updating a two-year analysis completed last year. The study concluded that if you want to sell for more than your asking price, listing in December, January, February and March gives you a better chance on average than if you list any time from June through November, and listing during those four months has produced higher percentages of above-asking-price sales than listing during any months other than April and May.

Zillow agrees, much of the traditional dogma about selling in winter no longer holds true. The new technologies and updated marketing techniques adopted by savvy real estate agents can reduce or erase a seller’s typical aversions to listing a home in winter in Omaha. Serious buyers search for homes all year round; sellers should be out there, too.”

Here are five things you can do to make your home more appealing during winter in Omaha and even get that house sold by Christmas.

  1. Be agile! You want to be ready at the drop of a hat to show your home to potential buyers. That means any holiday parties may be out so you don’t have to worry about post-party cleanup. Just say to friends and family, “We are trying to sell your house. Why not celebrate at your house?”
  2. Put up your decorations if you want, but stay on the conservative side. You don’t want so many lights that the house can be seen from space. Potential buyers will experience a warm feeling with some decorations. You want them to get excited about spending holidays in their house. A huge Christmas tree could be wrong, if it makes your house appear small.
  3. Get the price right, maybe just a little under the market. The last thing you want is the house to sit on the market which could lead to a price reduction.
  4. Make sure to hire a knowledgeable agent who knows the area your house is in. Buyers like to know what the schools are like and how close; how close is shopping, parks and access to the freeway, etc.
  5. If you are looking to sell your home quickly and are not sure you have the time to look for an agent and prepare your home to be ready to show buyers you may want to consider an all cash offer. A reputable cash home buyer will offer you all cash for your home as is. You can have your home sold before Christmas and close shortly after in some cases you may even be able to close before Christmas.

Styl Properties, Inc. is part of a nationwide group of thousands of investors who are helping tens of thousands of homeowners every year.  We may not be the “traditional” route, but we CAN help and we can do it quickly.

Give us a call today at 402.999.0577 to let us know what YOU need help with!

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