Should I list my Leavenworth home in winter or fall?

As we head into fall in Leavenworth with winter not far away, we get clients asking all the time " Should I list my Leavenworth home in winter? "

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For some, they have just now decided that they want to move or perhaps they have found a house they would like to buy but need to sell a home first. Others have had their home on the market during the summer month and for one reason or another it hasn't sold. They want to know, should I pull my home off the market for the winter and re-list it in the Spring? I think Leavenworth and Lake Wenatchee home sellers are surprised when I suggest that winter isn't a bad time to sell your home. The caveat is that buyers and their agents need to be able to safely get to and from the home to view it. This means that the driveway needs to be plowed and the walkways clear of snow.  Homeowners with steep or dangerous driveways are better off waiting for spring, but homes with easy access should list their homes for sale. Here's my reasoning:

  • Leavenworth gets tons of winter visitors. Christmas lighting, ski season, snowmobilers, etc.
  • The snow is beautiful. It's different from Seattle and buyers are looking for a 4 season getaway.
  • Other sellers have pulled their listings. Less competition increases your chances of selling.

Turns out that the tech savvy folks at Redfin actually looked at the data. They looked at 750,000 home sales and found that:

  • Homes listed in winter sell faster: 46 days in winter vs. 55 days in summer
  • Homes listed in winter are more likely to sell: 59.2% sell in winter vs. 53.1% sell in summer
  • Homes listed in winter sell closest to their original price: a 2.7% drop from the final price in winter vs. a 5.2% drop from the final price in summer, worth more than $7,000 on a $300,000 home

  Are you thinking about listing your house? Let us know if we can help you get it on the market right now instead of waiting until spring.  

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Allyson and Geordie Romer

Leavenworth real estate agents - Allyson and Geordie Romer

For over a decade, Allyson and Geordie have been serving clients in the Leavenworth-area real estate market. Together, they work tirelessly to stay on top of the regional market and present the most relevant opportunities to their clientele.

When not in the office, they can be found exploring the endless recreation opportunities of the area in all of its seasons.

 

Testimonials

 

Geordie provided excellent real estate representation! We appreciated his detailed knowledge of the market, his up front and honest approach, and his negotiation skills.
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- Laura Anderson

 

 

As “west siders” looking for a getaway near Leavenworth, Geordie provided insight … his knowledge of design features important in a “snowy winter wonderland” was appreciated. Thanks Geordie!
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- Jean Stern

 

 

Geordie made this somewhat complicated transition easier for us…going above and beyond to help us work through issues that came up during the sale of our parents home. We appreciated his knowledge, attentiveness to details and his willing spirit.
Our family is grateful for Geordie!
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- Terry Foster

 

 

Geordie was great in every way. We have been looking in the Leavenworth area for some time, and Geordie was absolutely the best for local knowledge, history and depth on neighborhoods, developments and the local market trends. He was very quick to respond (even when he was on his vacation) and worked very diligently to get all of our questions answered in a very timely fashion. We would recommend him highly to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. Very friendly, and helped us navigate all of the local options before we made an offer on the property that we purchased. Thank you, Geordie!

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- Ryan Olsen

 

 

It was such a pleasure to work with Geordie and his wife, Allyson on our cabin purchase. They showed us a variety of locations, listened to what we wanted and helped us find the perfect match. Everything was smooth and not stressful, just relaxed and easy. We would definitely recommend Geordie and use him again if the need arises!

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- Cammie Schlosser

 

Moving to Leavenworth?

Are you looking for a cabin or a condo in Leavenworth that your family can use as a home base when climbing, skiing or hiking around Leavenworth or Lake Wenatchee?

Maybe you rent a house here and have decided to stay, surprised how a summer of rafting somehow turned into seven years.

Maybe it’s time to escape the hustle of the big city (and its rain) and move to Leavenworth with its four seasons.

Maybe you bought a condo years ago, don’t seem to use as much, and it’s time to sell.

Whatever your motivation, we are here to help. If you are buying a home, the best place to start is with our Homebuyer’s Guide to Leavenworth.