Are you the kind of person who puts up increasingly elaborate Christmas decorations every year, beginning on the day after Thanksgiving? Do you bake dozens of cookies and special ethnic Christmas treats, filling your home with delicious odors for weeks before the actual holiday? Do you entertain during the holiday season, keeping your house in tip-top shape for viewing?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may be a candidate for putting your home on the market now. While there are fewer buyers at this time of year, it turns out that the ones that do look are more serious, on the whole, than the average person. They also tend to want to move more quickly, as they may be starting new jobs after the first of the year. Therefore, you can both reduce your competition by listing when others do not, and increase your chances of a serious buyer or two.
So, if you are up for keeping your house clean and tidy for the next few weeks, and you are otherwise ready to list, go for it. Just remember that Santa will leave soot when he comes down the chimney, so don't schedule any showings for early on Christmas morning!