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Old 09-24-2012, 09:55 AM
 
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I am in the process of preparing my house in FFX county for sale and it won't be finished until November. Should I sell in November or wait until spring? In November, there is less competition but fewer buyers or in spring where there is more buyers but more competition? Thanks for any input.
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Old 09-24-2012, 10:10 AM
 
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If you price it right, your house should sell in any season.
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:03 AM
 
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I'd repost this in the real estate section. And talk with a realtor. In general, I'd agree with kutra11. Do you have a reason not to list it asap? Who knows when it would sell? If you get the price you want, great. If not, lower your price or just wait.
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:06 AM
 
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Agree w/ previous 2 posts. I listed my last home in Falls Church in Nov and it closed in Feb (this was in 2006). I had to drop my price twice, but in the end, it all worked out pretty well.
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:33 AM
 
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It may take a little longer in the winter since most families with kids don't like to move during the school year. But in this area there are enough people buying that the season shouldn't matter too much.
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Old 09-25-2012, 08:06 AM
 
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I'd repost this in the real estate section. And talk with a realtor. In general, I'd agree with kutra11. Do you have a reason not to list it asap? Who knows when it would sell? If you get the price you want, great. If not, lower your price or just wait.
I am not in a rush. I just want to sell it fast and at the price I want. I could wait until spring if it the only way. I researched the pros and cons of selling in fall/winter vs. spring/summer and most seem to favor the later, but I don't know it is true about the DC metro area.
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Old 09-25-2012, 09:50 AM
 
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You can always pull the listing if it does not sell, and then wait a couple of months before the spring selling season, so that the house does not appear to be a stale listing. That said, I might be inclined to list in when ready in this market, as with fewer homes on the market, you may find a buyer who wants your home if it is priced right and ready for sale (which you are in process). Your broker should be preparing a "Coming Soon" campaign around now, while the house is still being readied, so that other brokers who have buyers looking in your area will know that it is coming on the market. A friend of mine sold a house during such a campaign, despite the basement floor in the midst of replacement, though that actually worked out well as the buyer wanted to substitute a different color that was in the same price range as the flooring they had planned to install.
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:15 PM
 
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a little trick that I have seen is once the house has been listed for 60 days, your sneaky seller's agent will change the status to off-market to Active just to reset the number of days on the market. See, potential buyers will ask themselves why has this listed for so many days, but the agents being tricky with status changes just in case the potential buyer is not doing their research.
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:38 PM
 
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We're in the market to buy and have been since spring, but we still haven't found the right house in our neighborhood of choice. I'm sure there are a number of buyers in the same boat--still looking, ready to buy at any time. I agree that you should list the house whenever it's ready; if it's in good condition and properly priced, it should sell. Good luck!
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Old 09-25-2012, 02:54 PM
 
Location: McLean, VA
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Put it on the market in November -- you'll be fine. People are always looking to move, buy, sell in this area. This is advice from my realtor, who says sell when you need to and don't sweat it. (And I honestly think it will sell, if priced right!) All the best to you.
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