Selling Your Home Over the Holidays

Generally, in real estate, listing your home for sale in December can be daunting. With the holiday season in full swing with family events, office holiday parties and other joys of the season, sellers can usually expect a softer response to their listing than during other months of the year. However, in Puerto Vallarta, the real estate market is an exception to this rule.

As a tourism destination, our peak season runs between American Thanksgiving and January 7th (with another bump during the Easter holidays) and October through May marks our high season, particularly with foreign travelers. Having your home listed at this time promises great exposure to all our visitors who are escaping from colder climates and falling in love with the idea of a second home or vacation property in Puerto Vallarta.

As a seller, how can you make your home look its best during the holiday season and help your real estate agent gain interest with potential buyers? Two points to consider specifically when listing your home over the holidays:

  • Be flexible with your time. Understandably, the holiday season comes with seasonal entertaining and events. However, potential buyers visiting Puerto Vallarta over the holidays are on a timeline of one or two weeks. If you are listing your home, consider limiting the amount of entertaining you plan to ensure that your house can be toured by buyers as often as possible.
  • Use a lighter approach to holiday decorating. Although having your home looking festive can certainly inspire buyers to the idea of having a tropical vacation home to spend the holidays, having decorations on every surface can distract from the true architecture and flow of your home. Use a subtle hand when decorating to help potential buyers see your property for all its year-round qualities.

In Puerto Vallarta, there is truly no low season for the real estate market. If you are ready to list your property, contact us for other strategies to sell your home quickly with maximum return on investment.

Warren Brander is an expert real estate agent with Re/Max in Puerto Vallarta. If you are thinking about buying or selling an investment property in Puerto Vallarta or the Banderas Bay area, contact him at (c) +52.1.322.200.2253, toll free1 888 796 6606  or email: warren@remaxinpv.com

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