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It's that time of the year when people start thinking about taking their homes off the market for the holidays or even waiting until January.

My advice? Don't wait.

While visions of sugar plums dance in your head, you may be missing out big time. You may think it's going to be too tough with the holidays. You may think no one is going to be interested in looking at houses during the holidays.

Wrong, especially here in the Valley.

We live in the land of sunshine, where everyone from all over the U.S. comes to visit, especially during the holidays. Granted, we have a lot of people leave for the holidays, but we have plane loads coming in.

By taking your house off the market or waiting to put it on the market, you may be missing out on a great opportunity to show your home to people who are from out of state or country.

Want to wait because you think prices will be higher in the spring?

If you're selling, then you're likely buying. You may get more for your home in the spring, but you're going to pay more for one too.

There are a lot of new listings come on the market in March, April and May, which means more competition and options for potential buyers. We know for a fact that inventory is currently low and there are a ton of buyers just waiting for new properties to come on the market to jump on.

Make sure it's your house.


Diane Brennan is Your Voice in Real Estate for the Phoenix, Arizona metro area. She also co-hosts That Real Estate Show with Linda Williams every Saturday at 3pm on News Talk 92.3 KTAR. She failed miserably at pursuing a career in gold digging and currently helps people buy and sell property everywhere in the Phoenix metro area from Scottsdale to Paradise Valley to Goodyear and Chandler. Rumor is she knows her stuff and can be quite enjoyable to be around for long periods of time. Her driving...not so much.

Diane Brennan, That Real Estate Show, Realtor, weekend host

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