York estate agent says ‘Winter is the perfect time to sell your house’

York Press: . .

A YORK estate agent is advising house sellers there is more to be exchanged than presents over the Christmas period.

While spring is traditionally the time for shoots of life in the property market, homeowners could be missing a trick by ignoring festive opportunities, agents claim.

Property consultants Carter Jonas says winter, in particular the Christmas period, is the perfect time to sell up, when fewer properties are available and only the most committed buyers are viewing.

Ed Stoyle, head of York residential property sales at Carter Jonas, said it is a matter of quality over quantity.

He said: “I am regularly asked by homeowners when the best time of the year is to sell.

“The majority assume it’s the springtime, when gardens are beginning to show signs of life and the weather starts to improve, but the reality is that the best time to sell is when the market is quiet, and there is little competition.

“The winter months, and indeed the Christmas period, can be more productive and lucrative than people realise.

“During the winter, agents rest properties that failed to sell while few new ones appear, so homes marketed at this time will naturally enjoy a much higher profile.

“An added bonus is that only the most discerning buyers are looking, and you do away with window-shoppers and time-wasters.”

Statistics show that year on year more people are also logging on to property websites over the Christmas period, with the Carter Jonas site registering almost 20,000 hits last year in the Christmas week alone.

Another trend that is witnessed every year by Carter Jonas over the winter months is a spike in vendors wanting to sell “off-market”. This approach can create a feeling of exclusivity and attract more interest, said Mr Stoyle. He said: “Selling off-market is a way to match potential buyers with houses. It also creates a certain buzz and means many houses never even come to open market.”

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9:38am Thu 26 Dec 13

smudge2 says...

An estate agent saying he can sell properties in winter,whatever next a pub saying they can sell beer in summer ...A bit of a non story really ??
An estate agent saying he can sell properties in winter,whatever next a pub saying they can sell beer in summer ...A bit of a non story really ?? smudge2

10:07am Thu 26 Dec 13

Art Baker says...

Estate agent trying to conjure up trade in the dead season. Whatever next? A Press story about a bear heading for a clump of trees to shed itself of excess Christmas pud?
Estate agent trying to conjure up trade in the dead season. Whatever next? A Press story about a bear heading for a clump of trees to shed itself of excess Christmas pud? Art Baker

11:33am Thu 26 Dec 13

Grumpy Old Man says...

This is blatant advertising. Everyone connected to this story ought to be ashamed of themselves. Unfortunately, the Press has sunk so low, I doubt most of you know what you have done wrong. Yet another nail in the coffin of what used to be a half-decent local newspaper.
This is blatant advertising. Everyone connected to this story ought to be ashamed of themselves. Unfortunately, the Press has sunk so low, I doubt most of you know what you have done wrong. Yet another nail in the coffin of what used to be a half-decent local newspaper. Grumpy Old Man

3:03pm Thu 26 Dec 13

PlanetTea says...

I've met Ed Stoyle, he was dripping with arrogance. Not much has changed...
I've met Ed Stoyle, he was dripping with arrogance. Not much has changed... PlanetTea

10:40pm Thu 26 Dec 13

courier46 says...

Just sold our house on 27th November with YHomes fantastic estate agent,polite, open sundays ,professional and at 0.95% which included vat amazing value. No I`m not related just well pleased.
Just sold our house on 27th November with YHomes fantastic estate agent,polite, open sundays ,professional and at 0.95% which included vat amazing value. No I`m not related just well pleased. courier46

9:48am Fri 27 Dec 13

smudge2 says...

courier46 wrote:
Just sold our house on 27th November with YHomes fantastic estate agent,polite, open sundays ,professional and at 0.95% which included vat amazing value. No I`m not related just well pleased.
And well related !!
[quote][p][bold]courier46[/bold] wrote: Just sold our house on 27th November with YHomes fantastic estate agent,polite, open sundays ,professional and at 0.95% which included vat amazing value. No I`m not related just well pleased.[/p][/quote]And well related !! smudge2

10:40am Fri 27 Dec 13

nearlyman says...

Another load of bull from a quiet estate agent...............
..all the time trying to talk up the market in York whilst in reality local young people are priced out of their home market. Its unsustainable and the abundance of rental property will continue to lead to yet more tatty areas.
Another load of bull from a quiet estate agent............... ..all the time trying to talk up the market in York whilst in reality local young people are priced out of their home market. Its unsustainable and the abundance of rental property will continue to lead to yet more tatty areas. nearlyman

12:00pm Fri 27 Dec 13

courier46 says...

smudge2 wrote:
courier46 wrote:
Just sold our house on 27th November with YHomes fantastic estate agent,polite, open sundays ,professional and at 0.95% which included vat amazing value. No I`m not related just well pleased.
And well related !!
Have you used YHomes? if not don't comment on what you don't know.They handled our sale in a very professional way and saved us thousands that we would have paid with other agents.
[quote][p][bold]smudge2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]courier46[/bold] wrote: Just sold our house on 27th November with YHomes fantastic estate agent,polite, open sundays ,professional and at 0.95% which included vat amazing value. No I`m not related just well pleased.[/p][/quote]And well related !![/p][/quote]Have you used YHomes? if not don't comment on what you don't know.They handled our sale in a very professional way and saved us thousands that we would have paid with other agents. courier46

9:27am Sat 28 Dec 13

smudge2 says...

courier46 wrote:
smudge2 wrote:
courier46 wrote:
Just sold our house on 27th November with YHomes fantastic estate agent,polite, open sundays ,professional and at 0.95% which included vat amazing value. No I`m not related just well pleased.
And well related !!
Have you used YHomes? if not don't comment on what you don't know.They handled our sale in a very professional way and saved us thousands that we would have paid with other agents.
Ok cousin of Y Homes
[quote][p][bold]courier46[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smudge2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]courier46[/bold] wrote: Just sold our house on 27th November with YHomes fantastic estate agent,polite, open sundays ,professional and at 0.95% which included vat amazing value. No I`m not related just well pleased.[/p][/quote]And well related !![/p][/quote]Have you used YHomes? if not don't comment on what you don't know.They handled our sale in a very professional way and saved us thousands that we would have paid with other agents.[/p][/quote]Ok cousin of Y Homes smudge2

11:11pm Sat 28 Dec 13

courier46 says...

smudge2 wrote:
courier46 wrote:
smudge2 wrote:
courier46 wrote:
Just sold our house on 27th November with YHomes fantastic estate agent,polite, open sundays ,professional and at 0.95% which included vat amazing value. No I`m not related just well pleased.
And well related !!
Have you used YHomes? if not don't comment on what you don't know.They handled our sale in a very professional way and saved us thousands that we would have paid with other agents.
Ok cousin of Y Homes
A cousin would mean I`m related,i am not.You are obviously a bit slow.
[quote][p][bold]smudge2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]courier46[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smudge2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]courier46[/bold] wrote: Just sold our house on 27th November with YHomes fantastic estate agent,polite, open sundays ,professional and at 0.95% which included vat amazing value. No I`m not related just well pleased.[/p][/quote]And well related !![/p][/quote]Have you used YHomes? if not don't comment on what you don't know.They handled our sale in a very professional way and saved us thousands that we would have paid with other agents.[/p][/quote]Ok cousin of Y Homes[/p][/quote]A cousin would mean I`m related,i am not.You are obviously a bit slow. courier46

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