Should I Keep My Home On The Market Over The Holidays?


This is a question I get often this time of year. Sellers are wondering if it’s worth it to keep their home on the market through the holiday season. There is no right answer to this question, but there are some considerations that may help you make the best decision for you and your family.

My main goal for my seller clients is to make selling their home as stress free as possible. I know, many of you are chuckling because you know that selling your home ranks within the top 5 most stressful situations, right below death and divorce. That being said, there are many things you can do to make it as smooth sailing as possible. If getting your home prepped for a showing while dealing with the holiday hustle and bustle will be stressful, withdraw it from the market until January. Also, if you will be having company over, you may want to withdraw it just for those times your home will be full.

There are serious buyers out during the months of November and December. As a matter of fact, the buyers that are out during the holidays are probably the most serious. These are people that need to relocate because of job changes and people whose homes are under contract and most find a place to live. The pool of buyers is definitely smaller, but so is the amount of homes available for them to see.

Here are some pros and cons of keeping your home listed during the holidays.

-House looks warm and welcoming
-Less competition on the market
-Buyers tend to be serious
-If you are on vacation or out shopping, showings could be held then

-If there is too much decor, it may repel buyers who would otherwise consider the home.
-Taking your home off the market for a few weeks gives it a fresh appearance on MLS in January.
-Your agent may be on vacation over the holidays.

As you can see, there is no right or wrong answer and hopefully this helps you make the right decision for you.



Nichole Fecteau, Realtor 207-251-9535
About Nichole Fecteau:

I have lived and owned in Southern Maine for over fifteen years. I raised a family in Berwick, ME and my children attend the SAD 60 school district. When not listing and selling property, you can find me enjoying the mountains and lakes of Maine and New Hampshire. I am an avid hiker and have logged countless miles on the Appalacchian trail. I particularly like the rugged Northern Presidentials. Not only do I carry a backpack and tent on the weekends, I can also be found with my fishing pole in the water of backcountry rivers and ponds. My personal motto is “work hard, play hard!.”

I began my real estate career when my youngest son was about to enter Kindergarten. Sales has always been a passion of mine and I considered homes the ultimate items to sell. Once I got my feet wet in the field, I realized that Real Estate is less about sales and more about connections and helping others realize their dreams. I was hooked right from the beginning. I love helping both my clients and colleagues realize their dreams. Each day I walk into my office energized and ready for a new start with fresh challenges and rewards. My passion is selling expired listings- quickly and for top dollar. I focus on Southern Maine and am licensed in NH as well. Nothing makes me happier than giving homeowners hope in selling their homes where they thought there was none.

For information on buying or selling, or for any other inquiries, please email or call/text 207-251-9535.

2012 & 2013 Associate Leadership Council
2012 & 2013 Technology Committee Chairman
Martha Squires Award
Rising Star Award

2010 Berwick Library Committee member
2011 Berwick Recreation Committee member
2013-present Friends of the Berwick Riverfront Chairman
2013-present Berwick Trails Committee Chariman
2015-present Berwick Planning Board member
2015-present Berwick Brownfield Steering Committee member

Nichole Fecteau on Zillow

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