The upside of selling a vacation house is that you probably can take your time.
The downside is that you’re going to have to.
Vacation home sales tend to be more erratic than the pace of sales for primary homes, according to the National Association of Realtors.
That’s because buying a second house is optional, and because a high proportion of buyers – 38% in 2015 — pay cash. Here’s how to plot a process that will move things along.
- Take advantage of the vacation home support economy. Most vacation destinations have homegrown property maintenance and monitoring ecosystems. That means that you can request a la carte services for showing and cleaning your house, invaluable when you list with USRealty.com, which equips you to manage your home sale yourself.
- Make the most of the seasonal patterns. Vacation homes tend to sell in early spring – so new owners can enjoy summer in their new houses – and in fall, after sellers have enjoyed their last summers at their houses. Time your sale to be first on the market in late February or right after Labor Day.
- Prepare early by taking photos year-round of the house in all seasons, local activities, landscapes, and amenities. You’re selling not just the house, not just the location, but the lifestyle. Help buyers catch the vision that inspired you to buy the house in the first place.