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Reasons to Sell Your Home During the Holidays

Welcome back to PDFfiller Realtor Guest Blog series, which brings you advice from the experts!  The second part of this two-part post comes to us from Holly Gray who discusses when is the right time to sell your home.  For more great posts from Holly, check out her website at

2015 has been a good year for real estate. Many markets are experiencing very low inventory with increasing demand. Most homeowners feel they should wait until after the holidays to put their homes on the market. But in reality it might be the most ideal time of the year. If you are thinking about selling your property, consider these facts:

1. Buyers that shop during the holidays are perhaps the most serious and motivated buyers of the year. Some buyers want to buy for tax reasons. Some buy to relocate for a job. Some need to settle before school starts. The reasons may vary but the shoppers in the market this time of year typically need to buy, and fast.

2. Buyers have fewer homes to choose from during the holiday season. The supply of listings increases after the New Year. So homeowners who sell during the holidays tend to sell their homes by leveraging supply versus demand. Take a look at the inventory last year vs. this year as reported by NAR (

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3. Houses show incredibly well when they are decorated for the holidays. The festive decor tied with the warmth of the holiday season showcases a home at its best. Buyers resonate with the time of year and all the things a home represents during the holiday season. Many sellers fear that listing their property around the holidays will interfere with their festivities. But as a seller you can restrict showings on any days and times needed.

If you are a homeowner thinking about selling, don’t delay! Interest rates are low, inventory is low, and there are many buyers anxious to buy before year-end. Call your realtor for a current price evaluation for your neighborhood today!


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3 Questions to Ask before Selling Your Home

Welcome back to PDFfiller Realtor Guest Blog series, which brings you advice from the experts!  The first part of this two-part post comes to us from Holly Gray who discusses when is the right time to sell your home.  For more great posts from Holly, check out her website at

Many homeowners often wonder when is the right time of year to sell their home. It is one of the most common questions real estate agents get. As a whole more listings come up for sale during the summer season, so many homeowners have concerns about listing property at any other time of the year. The thought process is, “well everyone else is listing their house during summertime, so shouldn’t I?” A valid question, but following the crowd isn’t always the best move.

The reality is that there isn’t a blanket right or wrong time of year to sell a home. It’s just not that rudimentary. You have to consider certain factors when choosing the right time based on specific factors. There are some very good indicators you can use to help minimize your risks. Asking these questions will help arm you with the knowledge you need when deciding whether now is the right time to sell your home or not.

1. Is it a sellers’ market?

Timing really does depend on supply and demand. In many markets, if not most, we are seeing low inventory in the U.S.. During the recession new construction building stopped and subsequently we fell into a housing shortage. The way you can determine if it’s a sellers’ market is by looking at how many months of inventory are on the market in your area. Typically, anything under 4 months of inventory means it’s a sellers’ market. Anything over 6 is a buyers’ market. And a balanced market is between 4-6 months of inventory. If properties are selling fast, it’s a strong indicator that now is a good time to list your property.

2. How are interest rates doing and what’s the forecast?

If interest rates are decreasing, buyers will probably wait. However, right now in the U.S. we are seeing very low interest rates. These have been predicted to rise twice this year and haven’t. But buyers know they will soon rise and are shopping for homes. If interest rates are predicted to rise, you can bet buyers previously on the fence are looking. And the moment the interest rates do rise, the buyers that have to “see it before they believe it” will also start shopping before the rates go even higher.

3. Is your home in the condition it needs to be in order to receive top market value?

Sellers need to be wise with their approach before selling. Even if you are in a hot sellers’ market, pricing too high and not doing the necessary maintenance prep can subject sellers to low ball offers and a high number of days on the market, ultimately netting much less than the competition. Sellers who do spend the extra time and effort to clean up the yard, hire a staging consultant, service the components and remember the importance of curb appeal have the best chance at selling for full price and attracting the bulk of the relevant buyers.

Every year is different than the last, and will be different then the coming year ahead. Hindsight is 20/20 and there is no crystal ball when forecasting the future. Considering these three questions before selling is the first step in coming to a decision you, as a homeowner, can feel confident about.

If you are a homeowner right now considering selling your home around the holidays be sure to read my next blog installment –  “Reasons You Should Sell Your Home During The Holidays”.


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Tips for a Stress-Free Tax Season

It’s almost that time of year again.  Tax season is around the corner and we are here to bring you the latest news about tax forms and tax tips from the experts.  But we also wanted to take a moment to remind you about some of the features of our document management platform that make PDFfiller absolutely indispensable during tax season.

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We also know it’s essential to keep your forms organized and accessible for the sake of maintaining reliable financial records.  With unlimited cloud storage, PDFfiller keeps all your forms organized in a single online platform accessible from any device, so it’s easy to keep yourself organized and to consult previous year’s returns.

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