Now is the time to get ready for the spring selling season

Sponsored by: Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

Over the last year the Charleston real estate market has roared back to life. That, coupled with the start of a new year, makes now an opportune time to put your house up for sale. The market truly comes alive in the spring so, if you list your house now, you and your agent will have plenty of time to get it ready for showings and take advantage of the busy buying season.

If you’ve ever sold a home, you know there’s quite a bit of work and preparation that goes into getting a house ready for an initial listing and that first open house. Starting in January gives you and your agent a jump on the competition and prep time. Agents at Daniel Ravenel Sotheby's International Realty take a million-dollar marketing approach with high quality photography of your house that’s used to create custom-designed fliers, brochures and postcards. The photography and marketing materials aid greatly in showcasing a home’s amenities, unique characteristics and overall ambiance.

Plus, you need to allow time for other area agents to view the property as well as planning for an open house to generate advance buzz on your property.

With Charleston topping the list of tourist destinations, plenty of people are visiting in the spring to attend events like the Wine + Food Festival, the Cooper River Bridge Run and Charleston Fashion Week. Many of these visitors are eyeing second homes and vacation properties in Charleston. It’s all the more reason to have the house listed and ready in time for the heavy spring tourism season and to allow your agent to contact out-of-town potential buyers they know are in the market for a Charleston home.

Not only is it smart to list your house early in the year to gear up for spring, but this is also the time of year when buyers are motivated and ready to begin their house hunt. They are past the bustle of the holiday season and are entering the new year with a fresh set of goals, which may very well include moving to Charleston, investing in a beachfront vacation home or relocating within the area.

If you’ve been thinking about selling, don’t delay. The spring brings momentum and market optimism, both of which motivate interested buyers to make an offer. By waiting until later in the year, you could miss this prime listing season and a chance to sell your house for top dollar.

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