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When’s the Best Selling Season in Delaware?

When is the best time to put your home on the market? This is one of the most frequently asked questions that I get as a real estate agent.

The general public seems to have a consensus that Spring is the best time to sell a house, but when I look back at all of the instances of buying and selling real estate in Delaware, it tends to usually be prompted by a triggering event that dictates the best time of the year to sell. A baby being born, someone dying, someone getting married, someone getting divorced, someone’s job being transferred, a home burning down, or maybe wanting your kids to get into a different school -  these are all the types of life events that could dictate when to move that aren’t tied to a certain month or season.

The exception, of course, could be the school cycle, with most families wanting to move before the school year starts, if schools are a factor. I think this is where the notion of the Spring selling season comes from. The reality is that buyers are out there every single month of the year because they’re driven by those triggering events.
Life events should determine when to move, not seasons.
If you’re thinking about selling your home and looking at the calendar thinking you missed the Spring market and you have to wait for next year - know that’s not the case!

Our Decembers are often as busy as July or August. It really depends on when your house is truly ready. If you have a house you’re thinking about selling, go ahead and do it. Buyers are out there, and they will look for a property in the dead of winter if they need to move. Remember, it’s the triggering event that matters, not the month of the year.

If you’re thinking about selling, we’d be more than happy to help you through the process. Give me a call or send me an email today, and let’s talk soon.

Just How Accurate Is My Zestimate?

Automated home value tools like Zillow and other real estate websites aren’t always reliable. Although the conversation is often about how accurate these tools are, I’d like to bring up a new question. How accurate is the information that’s going in?

These algorithms predominantly rely on information given about your home. This information, derived from public sources, compares your property to the homes you compete against. Unfortunately, there’s not much policing of this information, which can cause inaccuracy and skewed data.

Be a conscious consumer.

Although these tools are a great place to start the buying or selling process, you have to be careful, because the data just isn’t reliable. There is a "garbage in, garbage out" effect going on. The results are only as good as the information going in, which happens to not be good at all!

Again, these sources can be useful for trending information, but be a conscious consumer regarding those specific figures. You need a human source to provide an accurate home value.

If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home in the surrounding area, you can reach me by phone or email. I’d be happy to discuss and serve your local real estate needs!

Lois Houston Reviews Jason Morris

"Everything was as good as it could be. There were times where we were a little freaked because something wasn't going the way it should, and Jason was really good about taking care of the situation. Each time we got off the phone with him we felt relieved. He did a great job marketing our home and had great advice on how to get the home ready to sell, which helped the house sell quickly."