Let's talk misconceptions!
During the winter months, many sellers believe that with a slower market, they should pull their home until the spring time. Why do sellers believe this? Mostly due to the fact that the news outlets like to comment on how hard it is to sell a home during the winter, when there's snow on the ground and it's the holiday season. This couldn't be farther from the truth. Statistically, homes sell better during this time and for more money. Think about it - Competition is low because sellers will wait until spring "when the market picks back up" to list and buyers are more motivated than ever looking for a better deal, quicker financing, end of the year tax breaks and are more likely to make an offer closer to the listing price.
December and January are big months for companies to transfer their employees. While a lot of sellers want to put off listing their home until spring when the weather is nicer, they are missing out on the potential out of town buyer that could put a full price offer on their home.
In the Quad Cities alone, there are currently over 1600 active listings, 252 sale pendings, and in the month of November alone, there were 313 homes that sold, with a good amount being full price offers. The decision to list in the winter months can be quite an easy one, especially when you look at the statistics, instead of the media.