People often ask "When is the better time to list home for sale?" My reply to that is "Whenever you are ready."
Too many people try to analyze and predict the optimum time to list their house. The simple truth is, there really is no best time/worst time. Some individuals think it is best to list early in the year when there is more activity and you will find more buyers out looking that is also what most other home sellers think so there are lots of other houses for all those buyers to choose from. More competition for you house. Yes, good houses sell faster in the year but so will the great house you are trying to buy. You could get multiple offers about the home you are selling then be rivaling other buyers for the house you want to purchase.
It's commonly thought that around Christmas is not an good time to list. While it's true that sales activity drops off considerably in December you can still find buyers looking, not as many. You would get less potential buyers through your house, but any that did come you are able to bet they are able to buy. And there are less houses for buyers to choose from. On a personal note, some years ago I was a willing buyer right around The holiday season and I remember being annoyed that there was nothing for sale when I was ready to buy.
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Some people want to make changes or improvements with their house such as painting, landscaping, flooring etc before they list. Doing might be found are generally a good idea to make your house more salable but when they are complete, get a house for sale! Whatever the time of year it is.
Also, prices don't fluctuate that much depending on seasonality. House prices generally usually do not drop in the winter as many people think. You are not will make a bunch more money by waiting until the spring.
People should base their decision on personal matters for example, when the new job starts, retirement, if the kids finish school or financial problems etc. Or they view a house they adore. Those are real life reasons.
There's always ready sellers and buyers available looking to make a alternation in their housing, so really, don't make a decision to move based on the housing market, make it based on if you are ready to move.