Should you wait until the spring to list your home or list right after the holidays? Hi, I’m Krista Mashore, Owner/Broker of Homes by Krista. I’ve been in this business for 18 years and sold thousands of homes and that’s a question that I get all of the time. I always advise sellers that one of the best times to list is right after the holiday. I like to have their home ready to go on the market right after the first of the year when all the fluff and hype is done. Why, you may ask? Most listings come on the market the second quarter of each year, so if you wait for the Spring, there’s going to be a dramatic increase in the number of other homes coming on the market that you’re actually competing with. As a matter of fact, I’ve been tracking inventory in the beginning of the year as compared to the Spring for the past several years now and it’s inevitable, the number of homes for sale actually goes down about 40 to 60% in January and February as compared to the springtime.
I often have people say to me and ask me, “Well, Krista, there are more buyers during the springtime.” However, if you look at this graph, it shows the month’s supply of inventory. That’s the ratio of how many listings are for sale versus how many people are actually buying homes. This means that if a seller wait until April, May, and June, that the number goes up. So the higher the number, the more competition, and also the less buyers are actually buying, so it’s actually a worse for a seller to wait until springtime. If you’re selling, you want more money, right? Well, of course you do, which means that right after the holidays is an excellent time to sell. So please reach out to us here at Homes by Krista at for any time as we are always here to help. And remember, when you do what you love, people love what you do. And make it a great home selling and buying it.
— Krista Mashore