What time of year is best to sell?

21 Sep 2009

Selling your home at different times of the year can sometimes make all the difference, but this isn't a cast-in-stone theory.

So says Anton du Plessis, CEO of Vineyard Estates, who adds that "in the Cape the perception is that spring and early summer are the times when a home will look best and attract the highest offers".

"However, I have until this year often convinced people that they should put their homes up for sale in winter because in that season there will be far less stock available and therefore less competition."

"But much stock that came onto the market in 2008 is still unsold and this has kept supply high and prices low."

Southern Suburbs areas such as Upper Fernwood, which are high up, back onto the mountain and get little or no evening light, and have excessive rainfall and cold temperatures, said du Plessis, really do "present themselves badly in winter" whereas some appear spectacular in summer.

"There is, therefore, no perfect month in which to launch a property. Each case and each property must be evaluated on its merits and individual attributes," said du Plessis.

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