Q: We put our house on the market before this holiday weekend. Our neighbors are telling us it’s a mistake. Yet, when we were relocating to California we did our home shopping on a holiday break. It was the only time for us to get away. If our listing agent thought it was a bad idea, other than missing his family’s Fourth of July barbecue, shouldn’t he have spoken up?
A: You did not mention if you bought a house out of area contingent upon the home you are selling. If so, he might feel pressure to “get it on the market.” Your point is well taken, as a rookie real estate agent, I missed lots of family holiday functions showing properties to relocating homebuyers. They had job interviews and/or offers in Silicon Valley. But, regardless of their relocation packages, and before accepting those jobs, they wanted (needed) to tour Bay Area homes before catching a flight. Many chose not to relocate due to sticker shock. Conversely, homebuyers who are already living here, have the holiday routine ingrained in their schedules. Some homebuyers will be hosting or attending holiday events. Others will be traveling to be with friends or family. Many remaining homebuyers often decide to take a brief respite from house hunting
The fuses for your Fourth of July open houses are lit and sparkling forward. Do what I do with open house weekends; treat each one like a new store having a grand opening. And as with fireworks, your open house weekend can also be repeated with a bang.
Know someone who is thinking of moving? Realtor Pat Kapowich provides turnkey services including relocation, staging, market analysis and strategic planning. 408-245-7700 or Pat@SiliconValleyBroker.com. Broker License 00979413
Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle