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Ho-Ho-Hold It! Read this Before Putting Your Home on the Market for the Holidays

tech <p>It's that time of year again. I'm not referring to the sparkly lights, the 'one for you, one-two for me' shopping, or the abundance of eggnog and fruit cake. I'm talking about the debate over whether to put a home on the market over the holidays.</p> <div>Like clockwork, the debate comes around this time every year - <a href= "http://www.realtor.com/home-finance/real-estate/sellers/sell-house-holidays.aspx?source=web"> some say yes</a>, <a href= "http://homebuying.about.com/od/sellingahouse/qt/SelloverHoliday.htm"> some say no</a> - but both sides present a good case. We broke down some of the top <i>Yes vs. No</i> considerations so you can see more clearly the pros and cons of each:</div> <div> <table width="457"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="235"><strong>No! Wait to sell your home until after the holidays</strong></td> <td width="222"><strong>Yes! Put your house on the market during the holidays</strong> <p><strong> </strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="235">Buyers will think you are desperate.</td> <td width="222">Buyers are serious.</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="235">It is inconvenient.</td> <td width="222">It's going to be inconvenient anyway.</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="235">There is a smaller inventory, and you're less likely to find the right buyer.</td> <td width="222">There is less competition from other similarly priced homes.</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="235">It's difficult to close when everyone is on vacation.</td> <td width="222">Brokers, bankers and lenders are motivated to close, too.</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="235">You can put your home back on the market in January as a fresh new listing.</td> <td width="222">There will be more competition after the first of the year.</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="235">Don't decorate (it looks cluttered).</td> <td width="222">Festive houses show better.</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="235">Buyers are too busy shopping and visiting friends and family to look at homes.</td> <td width="222">Buyers have more time to look because they generally take time off over the holidays.</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <p>If you're under the gun and need to sell sooner rather than later - then go for it. You'll feel better knowing you're doing everything in your power to get the process moving.</p> <p>Whether you are home for the holidays, or preparing your home to sell, be sure to take the time to asses what's best for you and your situation.</p>

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